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Former Gonzaga Prep Jesuit priest added to list of credibly accused abusers

Richard Perry, a former priest at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Missoula, was assigned to Gonzaga Preparatory in Spokane in the 1960s and '70s. He has since been credibly accused by two women of sexual abuse, and has been sent to live in a retirement facility in California by the Catholic Church. 

Special to The Spokesman-Review: Catholic Church better off if bishops follow pope’s lead

The recent settlement of a malpractice lawsuit filed by the Diocese of Spokane against its longtime outside counsel should be viewed as another example of a bishop who, while professing to reflect the new direction set by Pope Francis, does not by his actions truly walk the talk. The Spokane Catholic diocese, while under the leadership of Bishop Blase Cupich – now archbishop in Chicago – spent two-and-one-half years, and who knows how many wasted dollars, because he was, according to the deposition of former vicar general the Rev. Steven Dublinski, “throwing mud at Paine-Hamblen to see if any mud sticks.”

Bishop Cupich’s ex-vicar general critical of Catholic lawsuit against Paine Hamblen

Spokane Bishop Blase Cupich’s former top lieutenant told attorneys that Cupich has attempted a money grab against the law firm that guided the church through bankruptcy proceedings. The allegations leveled by the Spokane Diocese against Paine Hamblen, the downtown Spokane firm that represented the church in bankruptcy proceedings sparked by multiple cases of priest sexual abuse, came seven years after a settlement designed to limit the diocese’s liability in future claims. In January, the diocese asked a federal judge to overturn an order to pay attorney fees to the firm.

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 four years ago to rebuild a diocese struggling in the aftermath of bankruptcy.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A huge crowd gathered at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes for the “most noted celebration in the history of the Catholic Church in Spokane.”

Spokane Diocese claims lawyers mishandled bankruptcy

The Catholic Diocese of Spokane has accused its own lawyers of mishandling its historic bankruptcy, which exposed decades of clergy sex abuse and cost parishioners and insurers $50 million. A malpractice lawsuit filed this week by the diocese seeks more than $12 million from the venerable Spokane law firm Paine Hamblen Coffin Brooke and Miller.

Religion Notebook: African Children’s Choir to perform

The First Church of the Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Blvd., will present the African Children’s Choir on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. The choir features children from Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Southern Sudan and Nkomazi and has performed around the world.

U.S. bishops gathering in Bellevue for policy debates

The U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are meeting in Bellevue this week to vote on a document opposing physician-assisted suicide and on changes to policies adopted in response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis. The agenda also includes a briefing on their efforts to keep marriage between one man and one woman.

Cataldo Catholic School becomes nonprofit

Cataldo Catholic School has become a nonprofit organization. Bishop Blase Cupich granted the formal permission for the change in late November, and the school has since been working through the process of finalizing the registration with the state and electing a lay board of directors.

Cataldo Catholic School becomes nonprofit

Cataldo Catholic School has become a nonprofit organization, making it the only Catholic school in Spokane with a nonprofit status. Bishop Blase Cupich granted the formal permission for the change in late November, and the school has since been working through the process of finalizing the registration with the state and electing a lay board of directors.

Vestal: Dad essential in making church address abuse

Did Spokane just lose its greatest man? Terry Corrigan’s son thinks so. And you have to grant that Corrigan – who died Saturday in a heart-rending accident – cleared a massive trail in Spokane. He grew up here, graduated high school and college here, started one business and developed another, helped raise four kids, was active in his church, kept close ties to childhood friends, kept especially close ties to his best childhood friend – his wife of almost 50 years – and then, faced with an explosive personal tragedy, he chose the path of greatest resistance: He took up the fight against the church that had been his religious home for more than 60 years.

Bishop Cupich, well-liked in South Dakota, seen as polished, pragmatic

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Toyota parked out back of Rapid City’s Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is a drab little sedan, splattered with grasshoppers, moths and other bugs that loiter along South Dakota’s rural highways. Its driver is inside the impressive building, a place of worship with soaring ceilings and stained-glass windows depicting the lives of saints.

Skylstad submits resignation to pope

William Skylstad, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane, has submitted a letter of resignation to Pope Benedict as required of all bishops when they turn 75. Skylstad’s birthday was Monday, and he sent the letter Friday, according to Deacon Eric Meisfjord, diocesan communications director. Resignations at age 75 are required under the church’s canon law, but acceptance is at the discretion of the pope.

Parishes collect $8 million

Eastern Washington's Catholic community has raised most of the money needed to settle the clergy childhood sex abuse cases, surpassing expectations and ensuring that the diocese will emerge from bankruptcy. "This could have been very divisive," said Robert Hailey, of the Association of Parishes. "But in the end this was a fundraiser that brought people together. We're overwhelmed by their generosity."

Spokane Diocese meets deadline

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane and its 82 parishes are sewing shut a devastating chapter for the Eastern Washington church.