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Dozens of alleged victims still await offer from diocese

Like others who have been sexually abused as children, Brynne Malone knows the deepest depths of depression – that dark lonely place where death seems like the only remedy for …


Spokane Diocese, two insurers reach deal

Two insurance carriers have agreed to pay the Spokane Catholic Diocese a total of $4.25 million to settle priest sex-abuse claims. Bishop William Skylstad said Thursday the proposed agreements were …


Priest removed after sexual abuse claim filed

A Jesuit priest now working in the Diocese of Yakima was removed from ministry last week after a sexual abuse claim against him surfaced in the Spokane Diocese’s bankruptcy case. …


Sex abuse cases heading to courts

PORTLAND – After stopping a flood of priest sex abuse lawsuits with the first bankruptcy ever filed by a Roman Catholic diocese two years ago, nearly 130 cases are now …


Diocese’s settlement offer called unfair

A $45.7 million settlement offer from the Catholic Diocese of Spokane to fewer than half of the people alleging sex abuse by clergy has been called unfair and premature by …


Seattle church taps reserve funds

SEATTLE – The Seattle Archdiocese has dug into its reserve funds to cover the cost of settling sex abuse claims, church officials said. Payments to victims plus counseling and attorneys’ …


Diocese, insurer settle

The Catholic Diocese of Spokane announced a settlement Thursday with one of its liability insurers for $5.25 million – money that will be used to pay sex-abuse claims against the …


Abuse costs for Catholic Church tripled in 2005

WASHINGTON – The financial costs of the sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church rose dramatically in 2005, even as the number of new allegations fell, the U.S. Conference …


Diocese in cash crunch

The Catholic Diocese of Spokane is running so low on cash that it has stopped paying its lawyers, even as major developments in its bankruptcy case unfold. The salve could …


More Catholics give more money

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the future of their churches and schools, Roman Catholic parishioners continue to offer financial support to their beleaguered Spokane diocese. Donations are up this year to …


Diocese to list exact number of abuse claims

The Catholic Diocese of Spokane will wait several days before announcing the exact number of sex abuse claims filed in its bankruptcy case. As of Friday’s deadline for filing claims, …


Claims against diocese soaring

Sex-abuse claims against the Catholic Diocese of Spokane have more than doubled since the troubled Eastern Washington church filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy 15 months ago. The claims, 176 and …


Missteps erode trust in bishops

Whatever trust the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops had restored with their response to clergy sex abuse has been badly eroded in recent weeks by a combination of missteps and outside …


Seminary staff accused of abuse

Allegations of sexual misconduct have recently surfaced at Mater Cleri, the former seminary in Colbert that was supervised for several years by Bishop William Skylstad. A letter sent last month …


Parishes unsure about payout

Catholic parishioners are studying a $45.7 million offer to settle 75 sexual-abuse claims amid fears that the proposal could wipe out ministries and financially cripple the church for decades. Parishes …


Diocese sells shelter center

A building where hundreds of children and young mothers found shelter and care over the past 60 years has been sold as part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane’s …


Diocese seeks to sell trust fund

To help fund a potential $45.75 million settlement offer to victims of clergy sexual abuse, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane has turned to Catholic Charities for help. On Friday, …


Scandal may cost parishes

With a $45.75 million settlement offer on the table to pay victims of clergy sexual abuse, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane now faces a new dilemma: how to pay …


Diocese offers $45.7 million

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane has offered $45.7 million to settle sex abuse claims that ultimately drove the church into bankruptcy 14 months ago. A press conference will be …


Diocese offers abuse claim plan

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane proposed a new plan Friday to pay alleged victims of priest sex abuse and resolve its thorny bankruptcy case. The new bankruptcy plan shows …


Portland archdiocese ruled owner of assets

PORTLAND, Ore. – A bankruptcy judge ruled Friday that the Archdiocese of Portland, not its parishes, owns church assets, dealing a major blow to its efforts to protect church property …


Judge in bankruptcy case of archdiocese will stay

PORTLAND – U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Perris has announced she will not recuse herself from the Portland Archdiocese’s bankruptcy proceedings after satisfactorily resolving a potential conflict of interest, Oregon Public …


Spokane diocese ads will seek out abuse victims

The Catholic Diocese of Spokane will spend $160,000 on an advertising campaign asking people who believe they may have been sexually abused by priests to file claims. The ads will …


Judge hears arguments over church property

PORTLAND – Attorneys for priest sex abuse victims argued in a federal court Tuesday it’s absurd for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland to claim that federal bankruptcy law can …


Diocese bankruptcy background

Why did the diocese file for bankruptcy? To settle multimillion- dollar claims of priest sex abuse.How many alleged victims of abuse are there? About 80.What are the potential settlement costs? …


Parishioners vent feelings

Frustration immediately swept across the room. “All of us are victims,” Frank Cheyney told other Catholics last week during a gathering at St. Aloysius’ O’Malley Hall. “A horrific violation of …


Portland diocese offers settlement

PORTLAND – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland said in a bankruptcy reorganization plan it released Wednesday that paying $42 million to settle more than 100 pending sex abuse claims …


Skylstad says morale still high among Catholic priests

WASHINGTON — The president of America’s Roman Catholic bishops defended American priests Monday, saying a “handful” of miscreants who sexually abused minors have forced the rest of the clergy “to …


Post Falls pastor put on leave

The pastor of St. George’s Catholic Church in Post Falls has been placed on administrative leave amid allegations of sexual misconduct, according to the bishop of the Diocese of Boise. …


Decision may cost diocese

A federal bankruptcy judge ruled Friday that Catholic churches and schools are legally owned by the Diocese of Spokane and therefore can be sold to pay dozens of sex-abuse victims.