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  • 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 …


  • Federal judge opens some diocese records

    A federal judge said Monday the public has a right to view versions of sensitive records in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane bankruptcy case. The Spokesman-Review asked U.S. Bankruptcy …


  • Priest blew whistle in ‘80s on abuse

    Throughout its history, the Roman Catholic Church has engaged in secrecy to prevent scandal, asserted the Rev. Thomas Doyle, a Dominican priest and canon lawyer who shed light on the …


  • S-R seeks copies of church sex abuse claims

    The Spokesman-Review is seeking a federal bankruptcy judge’s approval to obtain copies of sexual abuse claims filed against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane – some of which might name …


  • Diocese pact in trouble

    A federal bankruptcy judge called the landmark $45.7 million settlement offer between the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane and a group of 75 sex abuse victims unfair and legally unacceptable …


  • 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, …

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