Jesuits Settle U.S. Abuse Claims for $166 Million

Jesuits Settle U.S. Abuse Claims for $166 Million

Mar 26


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JESUITS SETTLE U.S. ABUSE CLAIMS FOR $166 MILLION
Associated Press
March 25, 2011

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Jesuits in the northwestern U.S. have agreed to pay $166.1 million to hundreds of American Indians and Alaska Natives who were abused at the Catholic order’s schools around the region.

The settlement also asks the order to provide a written apology to the victims and to share documents with them such as their personal medical records.

The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus runs schools in Oregon, Washington state, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The claims are from victims who were students at reservation and village schools in all five states.

The province had previously settled another 200 claims. Then the organization filed for bankruptcy, claiming the payments had depleted their treasury. But victims argued the province remained wealthy because it controls and owns Gonzaga University, Gonzaga Preparatory School, Seattle University and other schools and properties.

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HUGE PAYOUT OVER US PRIESTS SEX-SCANDALS
aljazeera.net
March 26, 2011

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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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1 comment

  1. navin

    if it was an individual they would be hanged and the organisation shut down but nothing like this happens to these criminal and twisted so called people in churches.

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