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  • Diocese returns Morning Star ranch priest to ministry

    The Rev. Joseph Weitensteiner, the former director of Morning Star Boys’ Ranch, has been reinstated as an active priest after the last sex abuse claims against him were rejected by …


  • Law firm, diocese reach settlement

    The law firm of Paine Hamblen has settled a bankruptcy malpractice case regarding its multimillion-dollar representation of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane. A settlement signed Friday by the law firm …


  • Catholic church settles lawsuit against lawyers

    The law firm of Paine Hamblen has settled a bankruptcy malpractice case regarding its multi-million dollar representation of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane.


  • Ex-Spokane bishop denies smear tactics in diocese’s legal battle

    Spokane’s former Bishop Blase Cupich disputes the testimony of a now-resigned top lieutenant, saying he never directed attorneys to sling mud at the law firm that guided the Spokane Diocese …


  • Bishop Cupich, named to Chicago, presses immigration reform

    Bishop Blase Cupich of the Spokane Catholic Diocese pressed the urgency of immigration reform as an important national security issue and humanitarian cause Friday in a press conference called to …


  • Cupich turns toward Chicago

    The Rev. Darrin Connall sent a message of congratulations to Spokane Bishop Blase Cupich soon after news broke that the leader of the Catholic Church in Eastern Washington was getting …


  • Cupich: ‘Spokane will always have a place in my heart’

    Spokane Bishop Blase Cupich heard rumors that he was under consideration for leading the third largest Catholic Diocese in the United States. But he didn’t know for sure until about …


  • Blase Cupich named Chicago archbishop

    Catholic Bishop of Spokane Blase Cupich will be the next archbishop of Chicago, the Associated Press is reporting. It’s a major step for the 65-year-old Cupich, who came to Spokane …


  • Catholic Diocese of Spokane lawsuit trial date set

    A multimillion-dollar lawsuit pitting the Catholic Diocese of Spokane against the lawyers entrusted to shepherd it through its 2004 bankruptcy is set for a February trial. Bishop Blase Cupich quit …


  • Catholic Schools in Spokane

    Sept. 3, 1888: Though classes for Catholic students had been held before this date, the official beginning of Catholic schools in Spokane is usually traced to the opening of Our …


  • Religion Notebook: Christian bands will play at Spokane Arena

    The Rock and Worship Roadshow is coming to the Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave., at 6 p.m. Sunday. The concert will feature the bands, MercyMe, Tenth Avenue North, LeCrae, …


  • faith in generosity

    Michael Goldstein was the only man in a yarmulke at the Christmas Bureau on Tuesday. Temple Beth Shalom’s new rabbi called the event “a beautiful thing.”


  • Judge overturns contempt finding of Catholic Diocese

    A senior federal judge in Spokane reversed a lower court order Monday and cleared the Spokane Catholic Diocese and its lawyers of contempt. It was a rare legal win for …


  • Revived Huetter mansion now Gonzaga’s alumni office

    Several generations of the Huetter family turned out for an open house Thursday in the Spokane mansion at Gonzaga University where their family took root. The Georgian Revival home was …


  • Ruling puts parishes at risk of foreclosure

    The Spokane Catholic Diocese must raise more than $800,000 this fall, some of it due in two weeks, to pay sex abuse claims or risk defaulting on its bankruptcy obligations …


  • Tradition-filled ceremony welcomes new bishop

    Inland Northwest Catholics celebrated the installation of Bishop Blase Cupich on Friday, filling the McCarthey Center on Gonzaga University’s campus with applause, music and hope that better times are coming.


  • Abuse payments sap diocese fund, putting churches at risk

    The Catholic Diocese of Spokane is broaching a consequence of its bankruptcy once thought unthinkable – the sale of churches to pay victims of clergy sex abuse. New claims of …


  • Cupich named new Bishop of Spokane

    Blase Joseph Cupich has been appointed Bishop of Spokane, the Vatican announced early today. A Nebraska native and most recently the Bishop of Rapid City, S.D., Cupich takes over for …


  • Catholic church poised to name new bishop

    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane will announce a new bishop Wednesday. While as of this evening the Vatican had not issued a formal announcement, Blase Cupich is widely expected …


  • Spokane diocese paid boys ranch accusers

    Although a jury last month rejected Kenneth Putnam’s sex abuse allegations against Morning Star Boys’ Ranch, the Catholic Diocese of Spokane had already paid Putnam a settlement worth hundreds of …


  • Judge orders diocese to pay

    A federal judge ruled that the Catholic Diocese of Spokane, its law firm Paine Hamblen, and one of the firm’s attorneys, Gregory Arpin, are in contempt of court for using …


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • 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. …


  • Former priest settles lawsuit

    Former priest Patrick G. O’Donnell apologized again Wednesday, this time through his lawyer via a phone call in front of Spokane County Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno, to the victims …

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