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  • 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 …


  • 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. …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • U.S. bishops fail to stop sex abuse book tour

    Four of California’s leading Roman Catholic bishops, including Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony, have taken the extraordinary step of urging a fellow bishop to cancel a monthlong tour of the …


  • Meeting with sex abuse victims was ‘healing’

    WASHINGTON – Pope Benedict XVI talked and prayed with a small group of victims of clergy sex abuse Thursday, the first publicly known meeting between a pontiff and victims since …


  • 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 …


  • Sex abuse claims against clergy drop; payouts rise

    NEW YORK – The number of sex abuse claims against Roman Catholic clergy dropped for the third consecutive year, but total payouts to victims nearly doubled to reach their highest …


  • 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 …


  • 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. …


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Appeal denied in clergy abuse case

    A Catholic religious order that trained former priest Patrick O’Donnell can be sued by dozens of sexual abuse victims who contend the group knew O’Donnell was a pedophile and should …


  • Diocese fighting to keep court records closed

    Attorneys for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane filed legal documents Wednesday in an attempt to block The Spokesman-Review from gaining public access to court records listing priest-abusers and damage …


  • Full disclosure unlikely: Diocese, parties agree to secrecy

    The public may never know how many Catholic priests sexually abused children in Eastern Washington. Nor will parishioners know how their money is being spent, despite being asked to contribute …


  • Technical flaw allows online access to names

    Extraordinary measures ordered to protect the identity of victims in the Catholic Diocese of Spokane bankruptcy have been undermined because of a technical gaffe that allows people to easily view …


  • Bishop’s statement

    Bishop William Skylstad released this statement Friday to The Spokesman-Review: The Diocese of Spokane has been, and continues to be, dedicated to transparency and openness. Any time a credible accusation …


  • Judge OKs diocese settlement

    A federal bankruptcy judge on Tuesday approved a $48 million plan that will free the Spokane Catholic Diocese from bankruptcy protection after two and a half years. The confirmation of …


  • Parishes, diocese to formalize relationship

    Parishes have been told to bring blank to be prepared to sign papers and pay license fees turning each congregation into a separate nonprofit corporation.

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