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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 …


Morning Star suit awaiting ruling

A lawsuit against Morning Star Boys’ Ranch by a former resident who claims to have been abused there has been stayed by the state Court of Appeals while that court …


Court delays Morning Star trial pending review

A lawsuit against Morning Star Boys’ Ranch by a former resident who claims to have been abused there has been stayed by the state Court of Appeals while that court …


Boy Scouts found negligent, victim awarded $1.4 million

Jurors today found the Boy Scouts of America negligent and awarded $1.4 million to a former Portland man who was abused by an assistant Scoutmaster in the early 1980s, following …


Vatican to bishops: follow law, report sex abuse

The Vatican on Monday made clear for the first time that bishops and other church officials should report clerical sex abuse to police if required by law. But the policy …


Missouri drops charges against Idaho man

Sex abuse charges against a Coeur d’Alene man have been dismissed in Missouri because of a technicality. Randall L. Tetzner, 50, left the Adair County Detention Center on Monday after …


Defense questions accuser

Attorneys defending Morning Star Boys’ Ranch rested their case on Monday after bringing the ranch’s accuser, Kenneth Putnam, to the stand in the civil trial’s last day of testimony. Closing …


Putnam often combative, witness says

A former Morning Star Boys’ Ranch employee and close friend of a counselor accused of abusing a former ranch resident testified Thursday that he never saw inappropriate conduct. Ray Roberts, …


Witness says ranch knew of abuser

Attorneys for a former Morning Star Boys’ Ranch resident rested their civil case in Spokane County Superior Court on Wednesday after bringing to the stand an 84-year-old woman who testified …


Sex procurement alleged in boys’ ranch trial

An unexpected witness may testify that former Morning Star Boys’ Ranch director Joseph Weitensteiner had him procure boys for sex and then gave the witness money years later to keep …


Attorney alleges ranch director paid for witness’ silence

An unexpected witness may testify that former Morning Star Boys’ Ranch director Joseph Weitensteiner had him procure boys for sex and then gave him money to keep it quiet years …


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 …


No longer a lawman, but still an advocate

Jerry Keller retired last week after 36 years as a Spokane police officer. For 20 of those years, he was a detective in the sexual assault unit. He interviewed hundreds …


Scores claim sex abuse

More than 500 people have filed claims accusing Jesuits of sexually abusing children across the Northwest. The claims vary in severity and span decades and geography, from Native Alaskan village …


Abuse claims against Jesuits reach 500

More than 500 people have filed claims accusing Jesuits of sexually abusing children across the Northwest.


Dublin bishops hid priests’ child abuse

DUBLIN, Ireland – Roman Catholic Church leaders in Dublin spent decades sheltering child-abusing priests from the law and most fellow clerics turned a blind eye, an investigation ordered by Ireland’s …


Alaska diocese agrees to $10M abuse settlement

The Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks and representatives of almost 300 alleged victims of clergy abuse have agreed on a settlement of almost $10 million.


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. …


Judge sets Nov. 30 deadline for claims

People who contend they were sexually abused by Jesuit priests in the Northwest have until Nov. 30 to file claims.


Victim in Seattle priest abuse trial settles case

One of two men suing the Seattle Roman Catholic Archdiocese over sexual abuse by a priest has agreed to a mid-trial settlement.


Putting abusive priests in parishes was wrong, pastor says

The pastor at St. James Cathedral resumed the witness stand Thursday in the trial against the Seattle Archdiocese, acknowledging that years ago, the archdiocese put known child molesters back in …


Man charged with sex abuse

A transient faces charges of video voyeurism and child sex abuse after Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department investigators found pictures and videos on a stolen computer that had already landed him …


Bankruptcy filing won’t affect GU, president says

Gonzaga University officials said Wednesday the school will not be affected by the bankruptcy filing of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, the Jesuit order that covers five Northwest states. …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …