Sexual abuse
Abuse victims, Spokane parishes approve $48-million settlement

.- All of the alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse in the Diocese of Spokane, as well as the parishes and schools that are implicated in paying part of $48-million settlement have voted to approve the deal.

In documents filed Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 161 people who filed abuse claims and 125 churches and schools all voted in favor of the plan.

The settlement would pay individual victims from $15,000 to $1.5 million, depending on the severity and length of abuse claimed, reported the Associated Press. It also calls for Bishop William Skylstad to issue a public apology, publish the names of the clergy accused in the cases and allow victims to address the parishes involved.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Patricia Williams is expected to confirm the settlement and diocesan plan for emerging from bankruptcy at a hearing next Tuesday. The diocese filed for bankruptcy in 2004.

Diocese attorney Shaun Cross told Spokane’s KXLY 4 that the settlement was remarkable.

"I've practiced bankruptcy law for 28 years and I've never seen unanimous plan where literally everyone involved, particularly a case this size and complex voted to approve. It's pretty remarkable," Cross was quoted as saying.

Not all claimants were pleased with the settlement but they agreed to it because they decided it was the best deal they could come to, reported the AP.

The diocese will pay the settlement from insurance settlements; sales of its downtown office building and other property; contributions from Catholic entities, such as cemeteries; a capital campaign; and payments from parishes.

The settlement requires local Catholics to contribute $10 million. Parishes intend to launch a fundraising campaign early next month.

The plan also sets aside $1 million for future claims.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 20, 2014


All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 24:13-35


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Second Reading:: Col 3:1-4
Gospel:: Jn 20:1-9

Homily of the Day

Lk 24:13-35


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: