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  • TUESDAY, OCT. 19, 2010

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 5, 2010

    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 …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 15, 2010

    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 …


  • WEDNESDAY, JAN. 6, 2010

    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 …


  • THURSDAY, NOV. 5, 2009

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, NOV. 3, 2009

    Diocese hit with 21 new claims

    Twenty-one new claims of clergy sex abuse have been filed against the Catholic Diocese of Spokane, a number that has surprised the diocese and could reopen its contentious bankruptcy case. …


  • THURSDAY, NOV. 13, 2008

    Former priest settles lawsuit

    Former priest Patrick G. O’Donnell apologized again Wednesday, this time through his lawyer via a phone call in front of Spokane County Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno, to the victims …


  • TUESDAY, NOV. 11, 2008

    O’Donnell settles sex cases, avoids trial

    The former Catholic priest involved in many of the child sex abuse allegations in Spokane has agreed to pay his victims $5 million to avoid a trial that was scheduled …


  • FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2008

    Pope’s message forward-looking, Skylstad says

    By bringing attention to the issue of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church for a third time on his U.S. visit, Pope Benedict XVI has “indicated that this is …


  • SUNDAY, JAN. 27, 2008, 11:02 A.M.

    Ex-priest Patrick O’Donnell ‘free to roam’

    LA CONNER, Wash. – In this idyllic town nestled near the Puget Sound and surrounded by tulip fields, residents of the Shelter Bay neighborhood are in an uproar: They have …


  • SATURDAY, DEC. 29, 2007

    Parishes collect $8 million

    Eastern Washington’s Catholic community has raised most of the money needed to settle the clergy childhood sex abuse cases, surpassing expectations and ensuring that the diocese will emerge from bankruptcy. …


  • SATURDAY, OCT. 27, 2007

    Seattle Archdiocese settles two abuse claims

    EVERETT, Wash. – Two people who say they were abused by Roman Catholic priests in the 1950s have settled their lawsuits with the Archdiocese of Seattle for a total of …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 2, 2007, 11:06 A.M.

    Spokane Diocese meets deadline

    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane and its 82 parishes are sewing shut a devastating chapter for the Eastern Washington church.


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 28, 2007

    In brief: $7 million donated for diocese settlement

    Eastern Washington Catholics have donated $7 million of the $10 million parish pledge settling the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane bankruptcy. The money will fund payouts to people sexually abused …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 20, 2007

    Diocese sex case lawyers cut bills

    Lawyers in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane bankruptcy case have agreed to shave about 5 percent from their legal bills, freeing up an extra $400,000 for payouts to clergy …


  • MONDAY, SEPT. 10, 2007

    Diocese case turns to fees

    Bankruptcy lawyers who have billed the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane more than $10 million want to fight about the legitimacy of their fees in secret. It’s an odd step …


  • TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2007

    Diocese legal bill surpasses $10 million

    Bankruptcy lawyers and accounting professionals have billed the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane $10.1 million for 2 1/2 years of work. The fees reflect what diocese leaders and lawyers have …


  • FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2007

    Valley pastors helping diocese, victims of abuse

    Although it’s not the regular vestment for Lutheran clergy, Bishop Martin Wells often wears a clerical collar. The collar — frequently worn by Catholic and Episcopal priests — makes the …


  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2007

    Diocese payouts stay secret

    A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge has denied a Spokesman-Review request for access to records detailing millions of dollars in upcoming payouts from a trust to victims of priest sexual abuse …


  • SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2007

    Diocese officially on new footing

    Bishop William Skylstad and other church officials signed documents for 11 hours Thursday and wired $20 million to a special trust – actions that allowed the Spokane Catholic Diocese to …


  • 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.