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Pastor’s resignation accepted

SEATTLE – Catholic Archbishop Alexander Brunett has accepted the resignation of a priest who says he himself was molested by a priest as a child. On Thursday, Brunett sent a …


Divided bishops convene

WASHINGTON – The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are holding their fall meeting this week during troubled times for the U.S. church. Two dioceses have declared bankruptcy in the face of …


Church’s ads seek abuse victims

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Catholic Diocese of Tucson is placing ads in publications nationwide to notify abuse victims that they must file claims by a deadline or lose the right …


Bankruptcy plan divides diocese

When Spokane Bishop William Skylstad gathers with fellow church leaders at next week’s meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, he will be one of only three bishops in …


Bankruptcy for diocese

A week after failed settlement talks with victims of clergy sex abuse, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane announced Wednesday that it will file for bankruptcy by the end of …


Talks fail in sex abuse lawsuits

Despite four days of mediation, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane and victims of clergy sex abuse were unable to reach a settlement. “Simply stated, we could not reach a …


Diocese will try to settle lawsuits

Attorneys for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane will try to reach a settlement during mediation this week with 28 victims of clergy sex abuse. If the two parties fail …


Priest used church money to groom victims

SEATTLE – A former Roman Catholic priest ousted from the ministry for molesting boys diverted thousands of dollars of church money for personal expenses – in some cases showering his …


Early problems recalled by bishop

SEATTLE – When the Rev. Alexander J. Brunett was academic dean at a Roman Catholic seminary in the 1960s and complained about homosexuality among students, he was reassigned to parish …


Bishops will review policy on sex abuse

The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops said Friday they will spend the next nine months deciding whether to make any changes in the policy they enacted at the height of the …


Vatican defrocks priest accused of abusing boys

SEATTLE — John Cornelius, who has been accused of sexually abusing more than 20 boys, has been dismissed from the Roman Catholic priesthood after Vatican authorities concurred with Seattle Archbishop …


Priest admits to abusing boys

Patrick O’Donnell, the Roman Catholic priest who has been sued for sexually abusing minors, admitted in depositions this summer to molesting more than a dozen boys. Although he didn’t concede …


Priest who says he was abused won’t resign

SEATTLE – A priest who announced in church that he had been molested by a priest as a child has notified parishioners he is taking a leave of absence rather …


Accused priests finding refuge

ROME – Pope John Paul II summoned U.S. cardinals to the Vatican two years ago, at the height of the church’s sex abuse crisis, and made a stirring pronouncement. “People …


Pope acknowledges ‘shadow’ of U.S. clergy sex abuse scandal

VATICAN CITY – Pope John Paul II assured American bishops from New England on Thursday that he supports their efforts to address the damage wrought by clerical sex abuse, acknowledging …


Roman Catholic priest resigns over his abuse as boy

BOTHELL, Wash. – It was anything but a standard homily – a Roman Catholic priest said he was sexually abused by a priest when he was a boy and will …


Ex-student accuses priest of sex abuse

A Roman Catholic priest who has sponsored Colombian students in Pullman and Western Washington has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student who moved to the United States …


Couple seeks reform after son’s suicide

The church was their world. As devout Roman Catholics, Terry and Ann Corrigan looked to the church for spiritual guidance, meaning and moral clarity. They devoted their lives to Assumption …


Scandal-plagued seminary shut down

VIENNA, Austria – A papal emissary investigating suspected homosexuality and child pornography among student priests shut down the seminary at the center of the scandal Thursday, acknowledging his probe had …


Insurance firms balked, bishop says

PORTLAND – One reason the Portland Archdiocese filed for bankruptcy was that insurance companies refused to pay any more for settlements to alleged victims of priest abuse, Archbishop John Vlazny …


Bishops told to give up files

In what victims claim was a major legal victory, a judge ordered Roman Catholic bishops Friday to turn over secret personnel files on 40 priests accused in lawsuits of molesting …


Seminary’s computers filled with child porn

VIENNA, Austria – Austria’s Roman Catholic Church is scrambling to contain a widening sex scandal after it emerged that police had seized what one magazine described as tens of thousands …


Man files sexual abuse lawsuit against diocese

Shame silenced the boy. As a young man, the pain drove him to contemplate suicide. For years, the suffering became so unbearable, he said, that he completely blotted it from …


Archdiocese of Portland files bankruptcy

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland filed for bankruptcy Tuesday, becoming the first Catholic diocese in the United States to seek financial protection against millions of dollars in potential sexual-abuse …


Abuse lawsuit principals watch Portland closely

People involved in sex-abuse lawsuits against the Spokane Diocese are watching the Portland case closely, but attorneys say situations are much different. News that the Archdiocese of Portland filed for …


Judge won’t dismiss church sex-abuse suits

A dozen lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane alleging clergy sexual abuse now will move forward after a judge on Thursday rejected the diocese’s motion to dismiss them. …


Diocese numbers higher

The percentage of priests accused of sexual abuse in the Catholic Diocese of Spokane is higher than the national average. About 4 percent of all American clerics who served from …


Ex-Civic Leader Sentenced For Molestation Former Kootenai Democratic Party Chief Apologizes To Step-Grandson

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District, Teacher Share Liability For Conduct Family Awarded $11,000 For Class Incident In 1994

A Spokane judge Friday awarded $11,000 to a Spokane family for the “wrongful” conduct of a former Central Valley School District teacher who made an allegedly lewd remark to a …


Former Valley Teacher Facing Suit Suspended

A former Spokane Valley teacher who was fired 2-1/2 years ago has been suspended from a West Side teaching job. The Kent School District has put Anthony Benson on administrative …