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  • Priests under scrutiny may be searched

    MILWAUKEE – Priests in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee accused of sexual misconduct can be subject to unannounced searches of their homes or computers under a monitoring policy considered a first …


  • Brothers win abuse settlement

    HAYWARD, Calif. – A jury Wednesday awarded nearly $2 million to two brothers and former altar boys who were molested by a parish priest more than two decades ago. The …


  • Two priests, former cleric leave jobs abroad after news reports

    DALLAS – Three high-profile Catholics have left their jobs abroad since the Dallas Morning News reported that they had sexually abused children while serving as priests in the United States. …


  • Two Americans protest cardinal’s Mass

    VATICAN CITY – Two American women who say they were molested as children by Roman Catholic priests protested Monday at the Vatican, drawing worldwide attention to the clergy sex-abuse scandal …


  • Priest-abuse case settles for $1 million

    A woman in Anchorage, Alaska, received a $1 million settlement this week for the alleged childhood abuse she suffered at the hands of a Jesuit priest now retired in Spokane. …


  • Dual creditor committees still in place

    The Catholic Diocese of Spokane lost a bankruptcy court fight to disband a committee representing victims of clergy sex abuse. Fearful that the Chapter 11 case will cost millions in …


  • Three parishes allowed to reopen

    WEYMOUTH, Mass. – The Roman Catholic parish that sparked a wave of protests against church closings in the Boston Archdiocese will reopen, the archbishop announced Thursday. The decision by Archbishop …


  • Priest who alleged abuse leaving clergy

    BOTHELL, Wash. – A Roman Catholic priest who stunned his parishioners at St. Brendan Church when he told them he was sexually abused as a boy is resigning from the …


  • Sulpicians sued over priest’s alleged abuse

    More than two dozen plaintiffs who were allegedly abused as minors by Patrick O’Donnell, a former priest in the Spokane Diocese, are now suing the order of priests that ran …


  • Woman files claim against priest in bankruptcy court

    A Spokane woman has filed a bankruptcy court claim alleging that a Roman Catholic priest in Spokane leveraged his influence as counselor and spiritual adviser into a sexual relationship that …


  • Diocese denies claim in abuse suit

    YAKIMA – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Yakima has formally denied the accusations made in a recent lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by a priest. Rose Yates Lamey, formerly of Zillah, …


  • Sex-abuse scandal still clouds church

    WASHINGTON – The sex-abuse crisis among Roman Catholic clergy is far from over, and continues to cost the church tens of millions of dollars a year, according to data released …


  • Diocese wants committee dissolved

    Worried that lawyer fees will run into the millions of dollars, the Catholic Diocese of Spokane wants the federal judge overseeing its bankruptcy case to dissolve a committee representing victims …


  • Former priest sentenced in rape case

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Defrocked priest Paul Shanley, one of the most notorious figures in the Boston clerical abuse scandal, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 to 15 years in prison for …


  • Seattle Archdiocese dropped from lawsuit

    SEATTLE – The Seattle Archdiocese has been removed as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by an Idaho man who accused now-defrocked priest John Cornelius of molesting him years ago. …


  • Boston priest convicted of sex abuse

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Defrocked priest Paul Shanley, the most notorious figure in the sex scandal that rocked the Boston Archdiocese, was convicted Monday of repeatedly raping and fondling a boy …


  • Priest who exposed church cover-up to speak at GU

    Long before sex abuse became a crisis in the Catholic Church, a Dominican priest working for the Vatican sounded the alarm. Twenty years ago, the Rev. Thomas P. Doyle submitted …


  • Backers, accusers may have a stake in sexual abuse trial

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – He was one of the most notorious figures in the sexual abuse scandal that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church, but the trial of defrocked priest Paul …


  • Motion seeks to include parishes

    Plaintiffs suing the Diocese of Spokane for sexual abuse filed a court action Friday asserting that Catholic parishes, schools, charities and other entities should be made available to settle the …


  • Abuse lawsuits divide victims

    It wasn’t where you’d expect to find him. But there he was on a Sunday morning in September 2002, sitting in a pew during Mass at a Catholic parish in …


  • Diocese readies aggressive defense

    Greg Arpin, with stacks of legal papers and studies about memory tucked under his arm, is a lawyer with a daunting task. He is defending the Catholic Diocese of Spokane …


  • Insurance companies sue archdiocese

    LOS ANGELES – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles withheld “critical evidence” that could help insurance carriers assess the validity and worth of more than 500 sexual abuse claims, …


  • Second lawsuit filed against Pullman priest

    A second lawsuit alleging sexual abuse was filed earlier this week against the Rev. James Mitchell, a Roman Catholic priest who lives in Pullman. Mitchell, who has sponsored students from …


  • Archdiocese runs ads seeking abuse victims

    PORTLAND – The Archdiocese of Portland, the first in the nation to file for bankruptcy in the face of mounting sex abuse claims, began running ads in major U.S. newspapers …


  • Late Alaska priests accused in new suit

    FAIRBANKS – A man filed a lawsuit in Bethel this week that claims he was sexually abused by two priests while serving in Western Alaska villages during the 1950s and …


  • Makeup of diocese creditor panel criticized

    A five-member creditors’ committee appointed to represent alleged sexual abuse victims of Catholic clergy in the Spokane Diocese bankruptcy case has come under criticism. Of the five, two have hired …


  • Skirmishes start in diocese bankruptcy case

    Early skirmishes among lawyers involved in the Catholic Diocese of Spokane’s bankruptcy may indicate the kind of adversarial case both sides had hoped to avoid. The Chapter 11 bankruptcy was …


  • Bankruptcy won’t shield diocese from public view

    Bankruptcy, nobody’s darling, has an especially bad reputation in Spokane. Kaiser Aluminum Corp. has used the process to shirk pension and health care obligations to thousands of former employees.


  • Church step closer to reality

    A generous six-figure gift from an anonymous donor has brought Our Lady of Fatima parishioners even closer to achieving their dream: celebrating Mass in an actual church building. That dream …


  • Court now has control over diocese finances

    Sex-abuse claims against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane could reach $75.7 million, a number so large that it drove Bishop William Skylstad to file for bankruptcy protection Monday. The …

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