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Spokane Diocese Bankruptcy

News related to the church sex abuse scandal and the Spokane Diocese bankruptcy proceedings.


  • Diocese seeking legal mediation

    The Catholic Diocese of Spokane has turned to mediation in hopes of resolving a host of legal appeals and other problems. U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan, of Oregon, has been …

  • Judge overturns contempt finding of Catholic Diocese

    A senior federal judge in Spokane reversed a lower court order Monday and cleared the Spokane Catholic Diocese and its lawyers of contempt. It was a rare legal win for …

  • Ruling puts parishes at risk of foreclosure

    The Spokane Catholic Diocese must raise more than $800,000 this fall, some of it due in two weeks, to pay sex abuse claims or risk defaulting on its bankruptcy obligations …

  • Diocese appeals bankruptcy court rulings

    The Catholic Diocese of Spokane has appealed a recent series of bankruptcy court rulings that could cost it millions of dollars more. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Patricia Williams last month affirmed …

  • Diocese seeks to annul awards

    A federal bankruptcy judge will decide next month whether the Catholic Diocese of Spokane can seek to overturn cash awards to alleged victims of clergy sex abuse. The diocese is …


  • Bishop’s letter to parishioners

    A letter Bishop William Skylstad sent to parishioners Nov. 1 addressing questions regarding “Future claims.” Twenty-one new claims of clergy sex abuse have been filed against the Catholic Diocese of Spokane, a number that surprised the diocese and could reopen its contentious bankruptcy case.