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  • Bankruptcy won’t shield diocese from public view

    Bankruptcy, nobody’s darling, has an especially bad reputation in Spokane. Kaiser Aluminum Corp. has used the process to shirk pension and health care obligations to thousands of former employees.


  • Church step closer to reality

    A generous six-figure gift from an anonymous donor has brought Our Lady of Fatima parishioners even closer to achieving their dream: celebrating Mass in an actual church building. That dream …


  • Court now has control over diocese finances

    Sex-abuse claims against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane could reach $75.7 million, a number so large that it drove Bishop William Skylstad to file for bankruptcy protection Monday. The …


  • Diocese steps into uncharted territory

    Catholic leaders of Eastern Washington are guiding their churches into the unknown. On Monday, the Diocese of Spokane will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection – a legal arena fraught …


  • Fate of parishes may rest with courts

    In the end, the actions of a few priests have finally hit home. With the threat of bankruptcy looming over the Diocese of Spokane, Catholics in Eastern Washington are coming …


  • Diocese settles with five victims

    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane settled with five victims of clergy sexual abuse Friday – three days before the diocese is scheduled to file for bankruptcy protection. The total …


  • Suit claims abuse by military priests

    TACOMA – A 50-year-old man who claims two priests sexually abused him while he was an altar boy at Fort Lewis has sued the two priests, the Archdiocese for the …


  • Spokane diocese sued by insurance carriers

    As the Catholic Diocese of Spokane prepares to file for bankruptcy, it now faces an additional challenge: a lawsuit from its insurance company. Five insurance carriers – all owned by …


  • Pastor’s resignation accepted

    SEATTLE – Catholic Archbishop Alexander Brunett has accepted the resignation of a priest who says he himself was molested by a priest as a child. On Thursday, Brunett sent a …


  • Divided bishops convene

    WASHINGTON – The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are holding their fall meeting this week during troubled times for the U.S. church. Two dioceses have declared bankruptcy in the face of …


  • Church’s ads seek abuse victims

    TUCSON, Ariz. — The Catholic Diocese of Tucson is placing ads in publications nationwide to notify abuse victims that they must file claims by a deadline or lose the right …


  • Bankruptcy plan divides diocese

    When Spokane Bishop William Skylstad gathers with fellow church leaders at next week’s meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, he will be one of only three bishops in …


  • Bankruptcy for diocese

    A week after failed settlement talks with victims of clergy sex abuse, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane announced Wednesday that it will file for bankruptcy by the end of …


  • Talks fail in sex abuse lawsuits

    Despite four days of mediation, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane and victims of clergy sex abuse were unable to reach a settlement. “Simply stated, we could not reach a …


  • Diocese will try to settle lawsuits

    Attorneys for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane will try to reach a settlement during mediation this week with 28 victims of clergy sex abuse. If the two parties fail …


  • Priest used church money to groom victims

    SEATTLE – A former Roman Catholic priest ousted from the ministry for molesting boys diverted thousands of dollars of church money for personal expenses – in some cases showering his …


  • Early problems recalled by bishop

    SEATTLE – When the Rev. Alexander J. Brunett was academic dean at a Roman Catholic seminary in the 1960s and complained about homosexuality among students, he was reassigned to parish …


  • Bishops will review policy on sex abuse

    The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops said Friday they will spend the next nine months deciding whether to make any changes in the policy they enacted at the height of the …


  • Vatican defrocks priest accused of abusing boys

    SEATTLE — John Cornelius, who has been accused of sexually abusing more than 20 boys, has been dismissed from the Roman Catholic priesthood after Vatican authorities concurred with Seattle Archbishop …


  • Priest admits to abusing boys

    Patrick O’Donnell, the Roman Catholic priest who has been sued for sexually abusing minors, admitted in depositions this summer to molesting more than a dozen boys. Although he didn’t concede …


  • Priest who says he was abused won’t resign

    SEATTLE – A priest who announced in church that he had been molested by a priest as a child has notified parishioners he is taking a leave of absence rather …


  • Accused priests finding refuge

    ROME – Pope John Paul II summoned U.S. cardinals to the Vatican two years ago, at the height of the church’s sex abuse crisis, and made a stirring pronouncement. “People …


  • Pope acknowledges ‘shadow’ of U.S. clergy sex abuse scandal

    VATICAN CITY – Pope John Paul II assured American bishops from New England on Thursday that he supports their efforts to address the damage wrought by clerical sex abuse, acknowledging …


  • Roman Catholic priest resigns over his abuse as boy

    BOTHELL, Wash. – It was anything but a standard homily – a Roman Catholic priest said he was sexually abused by a priest when he was a boy and will …


  • Ex-student accuses priest of sex abuse

    A Roman Catholic priest who has sponsored Colombian students in Pullman and Western Washington has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student who moved to the United States …


  • Couple seeks reform after son’s suicide

    The church was their world. As devout Roman Catholics, Terry and Ann Corrigan looked to the church for spiritual guidance, meaning and moral clarity. They devoted their lives to Assumption …


  • Scandal-plagued seminary shut down

    VIENNA, Austria – A papal emissary investigating suspected homosexuality and child pornography among student priests shut down the seminary at the center of the scandal Thursday, acknowledging his probe had …


  • Insurance firms balked, bishop says

    PORTLAND – One reason the Portland Archdiocese filed for bankruptcy was that insurance companies refused to pay any more for settlements to alleged victims of priest abuse, Archbishop John Vlazny …


  • Bishops told to give up files

    In what victims claim was a major legal victory, a judge ordered Roman Catholic bishops Friday to turn over secret personnel files on 40 priests accused in lawsuits of molesting …


  • Seminary’s computers filled with child porn

    VIENNA, Austria – Austria’s Roman Catholic Church is scrambling to contain a widening sex scandal after it emerged that police had seized what one magazine described as tens of thousands …

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