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  • 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.


  • Diocese planning to sell properties

    The Catholic Diocese of Spokane will start selling property such as its chancery in downtown Spokane and the home of Bishop William Skylstad if a bankruptcy plan filed Monday is …


  • Diocese legal bills challenged

    Bankruptcy lawyers are overcharging the Catholic Diocese of Spokane, according to the U.S. Trustee, a federal official who watchdogs the bankruptcy case. Lawyers working on the case bill in six-minute …


  • Grand jury says church leaders hid sexual abuse

    WASHINGTON – After a three-year investigation, a grand jury in Philadelphia reported Wednesday that two leading figures in the U.S. Roman Catholic hierarchy, Cardinals John Krol and Anthony Bevilacqua, deliberately …


  • Parishioners to join bankruptcy case

    PORTLAND – Around the middle of next month, thousands of Oregon households will get a letter informing them that, as parishioners of the 124 Catholic churches in Western Oregon, they …


  • Diocese won’t add ruling by Vatican to case

    A lawyer defending Spokane’s Roman Catholic diocese from lawsuits filed by alleged sex-abuse victims said Thursday a recent Vatican statement vindicates the diocese’s position that it doesn’t own Spokane parishes. …


  • Oakland diocese settles abuse suits

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland has agreed to pay $56 million to settle lawsuits filed by 56 alleged victims of priest sexual abuse, the diocese said …


  • Fate of diocese could rest on property ruling

    Lawyers argued Monday whether churches and schools should be sold or mortgaged to settle sex abuse claims that have sunk the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane into bankruptcy. U.S. Bankruptcy …


  • Parishes seek deal to stop litigation

    As the cost of bankruptcy continues to skyrocket, parishioners and priests from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane are asking for a quicker resolution: an out-of-court settlement that would likely …


  • Judge to rule on financial holdings

    Monday marks perhaps the most significant action to date in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane’s bankruptcy case. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Patricia Williams will hear arguments that could fold …


  • Ban on abusive clergy extended

    CHICAGO – The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops agreed Friday to a five-year extension on their unprecedented policy of permanently barring sexually abusive clergy from church work. The overwhelming vote by …


  • Diocese asked to halt attorney fees

    Catholic parishes in Eastern Washington have asked that payments to bankruptcy lawyers be suspended or at least held down until the clergy sex abuse case is settled. With legal fees …


  • Diocese settles suit for $120 million

    COVINGTON, Ky. – Marking the largest settlement yet in the Roman Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis, the Covington diocese said Friday that it had agreed to pay up to $120 …


  • Sex abuse victims group blasts Idaho bishop

    BOISE – A support group for victims of sexual abuse by clergy sharply criticized Catholic Bishop Michael Driscoll on Tuesday, saying he was continuing in Idaho a pattern of secrecy …

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