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  • 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 …


  • Parishes’ ownership key to case

    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane and alleged victims of clergy sex abuse are preparing for a legal showdown that could challenge church governance and set a national precedent. Alleged …


  • Idaho bishop allowed accused deacon to stay

    BOISE – Idaho’s Roman Catholic Bishop Michael Driscoll, who recently apologized for permitting priests to remain in a California ministry after they had victimized children, failed to remove a Boise …


  • Diocese lowers estimate of victims

    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane now says that it overstated the number of alleged sexual abuse victims who haven’t filed lawsuits, a disclosure that could undermine the validity of …


  • Diocese officials support bishop

    BOISE – Accused of mishandling allegations of sexual misconduct by priests when he was a top aide in a California diocese, the leader of Idaho’s 144,000 Catholics has been diligent …


  • Fast track bankruptcy urged

    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane is spending in excess of $325,000 a month to pay bankruptcy lawyers and fund operating costs, a burn rate so taxing that it has …


  • Priests under scrutiny may be searched

    MILWAUKEE – Priests in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee accused of sexual misconduct can be subject to unannounced searches of their homes or computers under a monitoring policy considered a first …


  • Brothers win abuse settlement

    HAYWARD, Calif. – A jury Wednesday awarded nearly $2 million to two brothers and former altar boys who were molested by a parish priest more than two decades ago. The …


  • Two priests, former cleric leave jobs abroad after news reports

    DALLAS – Three high-profile Catholics have left their jobs abroad since the Dallas Morning News reported that they had sexually abused children while serving as priests in the United States. …


  • Two Americans protest cardinal’s Mass

    VATICAN CITY – Two American women who say they were molested as children by Roman Catholic priests protested Monday at the Vatican, drawing worldwide attention to the clergy sex-abuse scandal …


  • Priest-abuse case settles for $1 million

    A woman in Anchorage, Alaska, received a $1 million settlement this week for the alleged childhood abuse she suffered at the hands of a Jesuit priest now retired in Spokane. …


  • Dual creditor committees still in place

    The Catholic Diocese of Spokane lost a bankruptcy court fight to disband a committee representing victims of clergy sex abuse. Fearful that the Chapter 11 case will cost millions in …


  • Three parishes allowed to reopen

    WEYMOUTH, Mass. – The Roman Catholic parish that sparked a wave of protests against church closings in the Boston Archdiocese will reopen, the archbishop announced Thursday. The decision by Archbishop …


  • Priest who alleged abuse leaving clergy

    BOTHELL, Wash. – A Roman Catholic priest who stunned his parishioners at St. Brendan Church when he told them he was sexually abused as a boy is resigning from the …


  • Sulpicians sued over priest’s alleged abuse

    More than two dozen plaintiffs who were allegedly abused as minors by Patrick O’Donnell, a former priest in the Spokane Diocese, are now suing the order of priests that ran …


  • Woman files claim against priest in bankruptcy court

    A Spokane woman has filed a bankruptcy court claim alleging that a Roman Catholic priest in Spokane leveraged his influence as counselor and spiritual adviser into a sexual relationship that …


  • Diocese denies claim in abuse suit

    YAKIMA – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Yakima has formally denied the accusations made in a recent lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by a priest. Rose Yates Lamey, formerly of Zillah, …


  • Sex-abuse scandal still clouds church

    WASHINGTON – The sex-abuse crisis among Roman Catholic clergy is far from over, and continues to cost the church tens of millions of dollars a year, according to data released …


  • Diocese wants committee dissolved

    Worried that lawyer fees will run into the millions of dollars, the Catholic Diocese of Spokane wants the federal judge overseeing its bankruptcy case to dissolve a committee representing victims …