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  • 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 …


  • 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 …

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