Due to an
earlier court ruling, the 82 parishes are expected to provide for a
large portion of the settlement costs. But an attorney for the
parishes, Bob Hailey, told the Associated Press that the settlement
does not provide a mechanism for parishes to protect their churches and
also does not account for other parish expenses, such as the legal
costs of the bankruptcy and priest retirement funds, which could total
more than $10 million.
offer was first proposed Feb. 1 but it was to have been filed Friday.
It must be approved by the judge and the victims. The parishes have 23
days after the filing to submit objections or amendments.
Friday was also
the deadline for other victims to file sex-abuse claims. The AP
reported March 16 that diocesan officials said at least 176 people had
filed claims. This was not a final number, but it was already more than
double the amount that led the Diocese of Spokane to file for
bankruptcy a year ago.
Association of Parishes of the Diocese of Spokane intends to ask U.S.
Bankruptcy Judge Patricia Williams to reject the $45.7-million
settlement offer made by Bishop William Skylstad to 75 victims of
sexual abuse by priests.