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  • Cost to the church

    The clergy sex-abuse scandal in the Spokane Catholic Diocese will cost the church at least $50 million. The diocese has pledged $48 million to pay about 180 sex-abuse claims in …


  • Victims, parishes back deal

    In a development one attorney for the Catholic Diocese of Spokane called “a miracle,” every victim of clergy sex abuse involved in the diocese’s bankruptcy and every one of its …


  • Settlement next step in rebuilding diocese

    Why do WE have to pay for this bankruptcy settlement?” some Spokane Catholics ask. Valid question as the Catholic Diocese of Spokane seeks from parishes $10 million towards its $48 …


  • Archdiocese settlement to be confirmed

    PORTLAND – The first bankruptcy of a Catholic diocese in the United States neared an end Friday as a judge said she would confirm a settlement that could reach $75 …


  • Diocese issues payout plan

    A person raped by a priest as a child can receive a settlement of up to $1.5 million from the Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Bankruptcy Court records show. The diocese …


  • Trustee asserts diocese bill high

    Bankruptcy lawyers have overbilled the Catholic Diocese of Spokane, sometimes having multiple attorneys review the same documents and attend the same meetings and court hearings, according to the U.S. Trustee’s …


  • Some victims oppose diocese settlement

    A $48 million proposed settlement that would end the Catholic Diocese of Spokane bankruptcy doesn’t go far enough to expose pedophile priests, a handful of victims said Thursday afternoon. About …


  • Claim reviewer for bankruptcy agreed on

    A former U.S. attorney from Seattle will be hired to scrutinize and put a price on about 140 sex-abuse claims in the Catholic Diocese of Spokane bankruptcy. In court records …


  • Judge praises diocese deal

    A $48 million settlement designed to pay victims of clergy sex abuse should help end the Catholic Diocese of Spokane bankruptcy this spring, a federal judge said Friday. “As you …


  • Diocese files settlement

    Spokane Catholics will be asked to participate in one of the largest – and most controversial – fundraisers ever attempted in their diocese’s history: $10 million to pay lawyers and …


  • Settlements reached in priest abuse suits

    SEATTLE – The Jesuit order in the Northwest has settled a lawsuit against the Rev. Michael Toulouse, a priest who taught at Seattle University from about 1950 to 1976, the …


  • Cowles company to buy diocese chancery

    Spokane real estate developer Centennial Properties Inc. agreed to pay $2.05 million for the headquarters of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane. The ornate, white three-story building at 1023 W. Riverside …


  • Ninth Seattle priest removed from ministry

    SEATTLE – Another priest accused of child sexual abuse has been permanently removed from public ministry by the Vatican, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle said Friday. The decision on …


  • Allegations followed priest

    A Gonzaga High School teacher went on to molest at least four more young boys after Jesuit leaders shipped the troubled priest to Seattle University in 1950, according to documents …


  • Standstill ordered in diocese bankruptcy

    A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday granted a 30-day standstill in the Spokane Catholic Diocese bankruptcy case as attorneys try to build on mediation progress made last week in Reno, …


  • Strange days trail diocese case lawyers

    There he was, lying on the floor of his Portland hotel room, unsure if he could muster the strength to dial 911. “I’m in trouble here, big trouble,” attorney Shaun …


  • Victims, diocese talks stopped

    RENO – Mediation to settle the Spokane Catholic Diocese bankruptcy was cut short this week without explanation. Teams of leaders and lawyers from the diocese and the Association of Parishes, …


  • Diocese begins final talks

    A final attempt to end the Spokane Catholic Diocese bankruptcy unfolds today in Reno, Nev. It is the third and last scheduled mediation with a federal judge. Those close to …


  • Diocese, lawyers fail to reach deal

    A three-day mediation between the Catholic Diocese of Spokane and lawyers for abuse victims ended late Wednesday with no resolution, but the talks will continue in Nevada later, according to …


  • Latte-a-day remark leaves bad taste with some Catholics

    We Catholic schoolchildren felt sorry for the pagan babies. They could not go to heaven. So our nickels and dimes were scooped up in parochial school classrooms and sent to …


  • Victims seek $60 million

    An attorney representing people who were sexually abused by priests said Catholics in Eastern Washington can settle their church’s sex abuse crisis and bankruptcy for $60 million – half of …


  • Judge seeks names of 350 who claim abuse by priests

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Attorney Stan Chesley promised confidentiality to more than 350 people who said they were sexually abused by priests. Then a judge ordered him to reveal their names, …


  • Abuse victims may sue parishes

    People who were sexually abused when they were children by Catholic clergy in Eastern Washington are considering suing parishes and might even explore the legal liability of individual churchgoers. Such …


  • Diocese mediation starts today

    Mediation of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane’s bankruptcy case is scheduled to begin today in Nevada following several major legal developments that have reshaped the case. The region’s Catholic parishes, …


  • Parish assets protected

    Catholic parishes in Eastern Washington – not the Spokane Catholic Diocese – own their churches and schools, a federal judge ruled Thursday morning. The ruling by Senior U.S. District Court …


  • Diocese attorneys phone alleged victims

    Spokane Catholic Diocese attorneys have been calling people who claim they were victims of clergy sexual abuse and asking what they want: cash, counseling, an apology, or something else. The …


  • Insurer settles with diocese

    An insurance company will pay the Spokane Catholic Diocese $6 million to help settle claims of sexual abuse by priests. The diocese settlement with Oregon Auto Insurance Co. is the …


  • N.Y. company to sell Chancery

    The Catholic Diocese of Spokane has retained Keen Realty, a Great Neck, N.Y., company that specializes in representing companies in bankruptcy or other financial troubles, to sell its historic Catholic …


  • Diocese’s offer ruled out

    A federal bankruptcy judge urged mediation to settle all sex abuse claims against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane, after rejecting a $45.7 million offer that would have settled fewer …


  • New plan offers parishes protection

    An alternate plan to end the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane bankruptcy case asks parishes to hand over more than half their value in return for avoiding possible foreclosures on …