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Huge payout over US priests sex-scandals

Huge payout over US priests sex-scandals


http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americ...37725.html


The Pacific Northwest chapter of the Roman Catholic Church's Jesuit order has agreed to pay $166 million to settle more than 500 child sexual abuse claims against priests in five states, attorneys have said.

The decision on Friday compels a payout by the Society of Jesus in the Oregon Province, and is part of an agreement to resolve its two-year-old bankruptcy case. Lawyers for the victims said it is also the largest ever payout by a Catholic religious order such as the Jesuits.

The Oregon Province is the Northwest chapter of the Rome-based Jesuit order and covers Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana.

The victims, most of them Native Americans from remote Alaska Native villages or Indian reservations in the Pacific Northwest, were sexually or psychologically abused as children by Jesuit missionaries in those states in the 1940s through the 1990s, the plaintiffs' attorneys said.

'Lost childhood'

"No amount of money can bring back a lost childhood, a destroyed culture or a shattered faith," Blaine Tamaki, a lawyer, who represents about 90 victims in the settlement, said in a statement.

"This settlement recognizes that the Jesuits betrayed the trust of hundreds of young children in their care," Tamaki said. "These religious figures should have been responsible for protecting children, but instead raped and molested them."

The Jesuits' Oregon Province said the $166.1 million would be paid into a trust to "resolve approximately 524 abuse claims in a five-state area."

Rebecca Rhoades, another attorney for victims of Jesuit abuse in the Northwest, said settlement negotiations began in earnest in October 2010 and were concluded this week.

She said the settlement, which has been approved by all parties, will be filed with the US Bankruptcy Court in Portland, Oregon, on March 29.

The Jesuits filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February 2009 as litigation over sexual abuse claims was mounting.


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03-26-2011 07:37 AM
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RE: Huge payout over US priests sex-scandals

Good evening bro AR:

Seems Chicago has the same "issues". I'm still waiting for Jesus to uncover all that's been hidden by wtbts:help:

http://www.ocala.com/article/20110329/ZN...out-Priest

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The women telling the good news are a large army."

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03-29-2011 11:09 PM
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FYI everybody:

"...filed for bankruptcy protection"

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42813285/ns/us_news/

By Laura L. Myers

updated 2 hours 9 minutes ago

SEATTLE— The North American branch of the
Christian Brothers, a Roman Catholic order
that runs schools around the world, has filed
for bankruptcy protection amid mounting
sexual abuse claims against U.S. and Canadian
members.

Although the bankruptcy filing was made in
New York, where the brothers' North
American chapter is headquartered, the bulk
of the abuse claims come from the Seattle
area, said Michael Patterson, a lawyer for the
Catholic Archdiocese in Seattle.

"It's a sad day. We're very disappointed that it
reached this level," Patterson told Reuters on
Thursday night.

"We had hoped that we could have partnered
with the Christian Brothers to settle claims.
What this means is that victims now have to
deal with this out of bankruptcy court."

He said he did not know the extent of the
claims.

But lawyers for the plaintiffs in lawsuits
against the Christian Brothers said its
members, who are not ordained as priests,
sexually abused scores of children in the
United States and Canada.

Seattle attorney Michael Pfau said on Thursday
he has settled more than 50 abuse cases for a
total of $25.6 million, paid out to victims in the
last five years by the order and the Seattle
Archdiocese.

About 35 of those cases originated with the
now-defunct Briscoe Memorial School, an
orphanage and boarding school jointly run by
the archdiocese and Christian Brothers in
Kent, Washington.

"There were rapes, molestations and beatings.
The brothers carried long leather straps. It
was a very abusive place," Pfau told Reuters.

Most lawsuits still pending involve allegations
of sexual abuse at schools and orphanages the
Brothers owned and operated in Washington
state and Canada, he said, adding that the
order filed for bankruptcy in a bid to shield its
assets in Rome.

"They made money taking over the care of
children but put many of their members who
were known abusers in charge of them," Pfau
said. "Then they tried to cover it up. This
bankruptcy is just another effort for them to
avoid responsibility."

A spokesman for the order reached by
telephone on Thursday declined to comment.

The bankruptcy filing comes weeks after the
Pacific Northwest branch of another Catholic
order, the Jesuits, agreed to pay $166 million
to settle more than 500 child sexual abuse
claims against priests, nuns and other non-
clergy. Those claims led the Jesuits to file for
Chapter 11 two years ago.
Last year, the Congregation of Christian
Brothers came under fire over a report by the
government of Ireland finding widespread
sexual abuse of children in schools and other
institutions run by the order in that country.

Copyright 2011 Thomson Reuters.


Psalms 68:11 "Jehovah himself gives the saying;
The women telling the good news are a large army."

"Every civilization learns what it needs to know, and the next one forgets it." Gil Grissom CSI


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