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NW Jesuits to pay $166 million to abuse victims

In one of the largest settlements nationwide in the Roman Catholic Church's sexual-abuse crisis, the Jesuits will pay $166.1 million to about 500 abuse victims — many of them Native Americans or Alaska Natives.

By Janet I. Tu

Seattle Times staff reporter

Abuse victim Clarita Vargas, of the Colville Tribe, speaks at a Friday news conference in Seattle on one of the largest settlements to date in the Catholic sexual-abuse crisis. "My spirit was wounded," Vargas said, describing abuse by the Rev. John Morse, seen in the photo behind her.
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Abuse victim Clarita Vargas, of the Colville Tribe, speaks at a Friday news conference in Seattle on one of the largest settlements to date in the Catholic sexual-abuse crisis. "My spirit was wounded," Vargas said, describing abuse by the Rev. John Morse, seen in the photo behind her.


Hundreds expected to file abuse claims against Jesuits (Nov. 2009)
Does filing put Jesuit schools at risk? (Feb. 2009)
Northwest Jesuits file for bankruptcy (Feb. 2009)
Alaska Natives expand sex-abuse suit against Jesuits (Feb. 2009)
Lawsuit claims, but Seattle U. president denies, that he knew of priest's abuse (Jan. 2009)
More than 500 claims against NW Jesuits (Dec. 2009)
Jesuits hid sexual abuse by ex-Gonzaga president (Sept. 2006)

Largest settlements in the abuse scandal

Archdiocese of Los Angeles: $660 million

Diocese of San Diego: $198 million

Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus (NW Jesuits): $166.1 million

Diocese of Orange, Calif.: $100 million

Archdiocese of Boston: $84.3 million

Diocese of Covington, Ky.: $79 million

Diocese of Wilmington, Del: $77 million

Archdiocese of Portland, Ore.: $71.5 million

Archdiocese of Los Angeles: $60 million

Diocese of Oakland, Calif.: $56 million

Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus (NW Jesuits): $50 million

Diocese of Spokane: $48 million

Source:, Diocese of Wilmington

Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal

January 2002: Scandal breaks with reports that priests in Boston sexually abused hundreds of children over past decades; victims across nation later begin filing lawsuits.

July 2004: Beset by abuse claims, Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., becomes first in nation to seek bankruptcy protection.

September 2004: Diocese of Tucson (Arizona) seeks bankruptcy protection, followed in December by Diocese of Spokane.

2006-2011: Six more dioceses or archdioceses seek bankruptcy protection.

November 2007: Jesuit order in Northwest settles 110 abuse claims for $50 million. Other claims settled before that date and up to the order's declaration of bankruptcy totaled about $34 million.

February 2009: Beset by continuing claims, Jesuit order in Northwest becomes first Catholic religious order to seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

March 25, 2011: Northwest Jesuits agree to pay $166.1 million to some 500 victims to settle bankruptcy proceedings. Settlement includes apologies to victims.

Sources: Seattle Times archives, victims' attorney John Manly, Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus

The abuses spanned decades and states, from remote Alaskan villages to boarding schools on Northwest tribal lands. Hundreds of victims, most of them Native American or Alaska Natives, were sexually or physically abused as children by Jesuit priests or people the priests supervised.

On Friday, the victims received some justice.

In one of the largest monetary payouts nationwide in the Roman Catholic Church's sexual-abuse crisis, and the largest one by a religious order, the Jesuits in the Northwest agreed to pay $166.1 million to about 500 abuse victims as part of its bankruptcy settlement.

The order has also agreed to no longer call the victims "alleged victims," to write apologies to them and to enforce new practices designed to prevent abuse, according to plaintiffs' attorneys.

"It's a day of reckoning and justice," said Clarita Vargas, 51, of Tacoma, who was abused while a student at St. Mary's Mission and School, a former Jesuit-run Indian boarding school on the Colville Indian Reservation near Omak.

Of the 500 victims, about 470 suffered sexual abuse. About two dozen others were physically abused.

Insurance companies will pay $118 million of the settlement, with the Jesuits paying $48.1 million.

Including this week's settlement, the Northwest Jesuits, formally called the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, and their insurers have agreed to pay about $250 million total to some 700 victims. Victims' lawyers say they've identified about 57 Jesuit priests or brothers who have abused.

Oregon Province leaders declined to comment "out of respect for the judicial process and all involved," Provincial Superior the Very Rev. Patrick Lee said in a statement. "The province continues to work with the Creditors Committee to conclude the bankruptcy process as promptly as possible."

Prolonged abuse

Vargas, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, remembers being abused by the Rev. John Morse at St. Mary's Mission and School, which she attended from second to eighth grade.

Morse would sometimes lock her in a cellar, telling her she couldn't come out until she agreed to do what he wanted, Vargas said during a Friday news conference in Seattle called by plaintiffs' attorneys John Manly and Blaine Tamaki.

Morse is currently living in Spokane, Tamaki said.

Vargas said nothing can compensate for having her childhood taken away. "My spirit was wounded. I can only say (the settlement) makes me feel better. And I can't explain it."

About 60 former students now say they were abused at that school, one of many across the nation that date back to the Indian boarding-school era of the late 1800s, when the federal government began placing Native American children, sometimes forcibly, in such schools to assimilate them into the dominant culture.

The order has been accused of regarding reservations and remote villages as dumping grounds for problem priests — a characterization the Oregon Province's leaders have repeatedly rejected.

"The victims represent some of the poorest and most vulnerable children in the Pacific Northwest," said attorney Timothy Kosnoff.

Dorothea Skalicky, 42, of Lewiston, Idaho, was abused from the ages of 6 to 8 by the Rev. Augustine Ferretti at Sacred Heart Church in Lapwai, Idaho, on the Nez Percé Reservation. Ferretti has since died.

Ferretti "was kind of a grandpa figure" who kept dolls and toys at the church, she said. "He would encourage me to come and play."

Skalicky told no one about her abuse for years. "My family liked him," she said.

About two years ago, Skalicky read a newspaper account of a woman who had been abused by Ferretti, and she started crying. Her husband asked her what was going on. It was the first time she'd ever told anyone about what had happened to her.

"The biggest thing that really pissed me off was that Father Ferretti had done this — allegedly, had done this before," she said. "And he was put on the reservation because it's a reservation. Maybe the thought was: Little Indian girls would not say anything."

"Because of these settlements, hopefully, (the church) is making substantial changes to prevent future abuses," she added. "That's the big thing."

Bankrupted by cases

Before filing for bankruptcy in February 2009, the Jesuits' Oregon Province, which covers Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Montana, already had settled some 200 abuse claims for about $84 million. The province was facing about 200 more claims when it filed for Chapter 11.

The bankruptcy reorganization must go through several steps before it is final.

Federal Bankruptcy Court Judge Elizabeth Perris, in Portland, who wants to see a final reorganization plan by Monday, needs to approve it. Then the creditors — almost all of whom are abuse victims — must vote to approve it. That's likely to happen, given that the plan is being worked out together by the Jesuits and the victims.

In the meantime, two reviewers selected by a victims' committee — former U.S. attorney Kate Pflaumer in Seattle and retired Superior Court Judge William Bettinelli in San Francisco — have already started evaluating each sexual-abuse victim's case to decide how much each person will receive.

Factors they will consider are severity and duration of abuse and how people have since done in their lives, said victims' attorney Michael Pfau. Those who suffered physical abuse will go through a separate process.

The victims are expected to get their checks sometime later this year. It's not known exactly how much of the $166.1 million settlement will go to the victims' lawyers, but typically in such cases their fees are about 33 to 40 percent. About $6 million of the settlement is being set aside for victims who may come forward in the future.

According to public documents, several companies have insured the Oregon Province, including Safeco, Atlantic Mutual, USF&G and Western World. The victims' committee is still negotiating a settlement with the two latter companies, meaning the total settlement amount could go up even higher.

Oregon Province leaders would not say how the Jesuits will pay their $48.1 million portion of the settlement, but victims' attorneys speculate the money will come from the province's bank accounts — which the Jesuits characterize as trust funds — as well as the sale of real estate.

Schools not pursued

One place the money won't be coming from: the Jesuits' prestigious schools.

When the bankruptcy proceedings began, attorneys for the victims initially argued that the Jesuit schools — Seattle University, Gonzaga University, Seattle Preparatory School, Bellarmine Preparatory School and Gonzaga Preparatory School — belonged to the province and therefore could be used to pay creditors. The province and schools said they are separate from each other.

But during negotiations, the victims' attorneys did not pursue that argument. As a result, Friday's settlement does not include the schools.

That means lawsuits filed against the schools before the bankruptcy will now move forward — including claims against Seattle University alleging abuse by the Rev. Michael Toulouse, a former professor there.


Elderly activists sentenced for Bangor protests

by KING 5 News and Associated Press

Posted on March 28, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 28 at 5:34 PM

TACOMA, Wash. -- Five elderly peace activists who broke into Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in 2009 to protest nuclear weapons were sentenced Monday in Tacoma federal court.

The sentences for the activists, who range in age from 61 to 84 years, varied from two to 15 months each:

61-year-old Jesuit priest Stephen Kelly of Oakland, Calif., was sentenced to 15 months in prison.
67-year-old retired teacher Susan Crane of Baltimore was sentenced to 15 months.
82-year-old Jesuit priest Bill Bichsel of Tacoma was sentened to 3 months.
84-year-old Sister Anne Montgomery of Redwood City, Calif., was sentenced to 2 months.
61-year-old social worker Lynne Greenwald of Tacoma was sentenced to 6 months.

Court documents said the group, referred to by some as the "Bangor Five," cut through fences on November 2, 2009, to reach an area near where nuclear warheads are stored in bunkers. The weapons facility in Puget Sound assembles and maintains nuclear-tipped Trident missiles and other weapons.

The protesters put up banners, scattered sunflower seeds and prayed until they were arrested.

A jury found them guilty for a number of crimes including conspiracy, trespass and destruction of government property. Each activist had faced a possible ten year sentence.

Montgomery said in a sentencing document filed last week that she and others have taken responsibility for their actions.

"I have the solace of my conscience," said Kelly. "I think this is just one little step against nuclear weapons. And someday we'll be free. Maybe not in my lifetime, but I have hope."

"I felt grateful for the opportunity to stand up," said Greenwald. "And whether or not I got o prison isn't the issue. It's that we do everything we can to stop nuclear weapons from being used."

The five defendants said nuclear warheads stored and on submarines at the base are illegal under international, national and humanitarian law, but a judge prohibited them from using international law and the lethality of nuclear weapons as a defense. The trial hinged on straightforward charges relating to trespassing and property damage.


"I hate Republicans. They eat their young"

Report: Bill Maher doubles down — calls Sarah Palin the ‘c’ word

By Jeff Poor - The Daily Caller | Published: 12:48 AM

Despite being criticized and even rebuked by the National Organization for Women, HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher isn’t stopping with his slurs directed at female conservatives. And this time, he went after Sarah Palin once again.

According to a March 28 post by Arnold Wayne Jones on The Dallas Voice website, a publication that describes itself as the “premier media source for LGBT Texas,” Maher made a Sunday night appearance at the Winspear Opera House and leveled another attack at the former Alaska governor.

“It’s that fearlessness — he acknowledged that some people would probably be uncomfortable with some of his remarks about religion, not to mention calling Sarah Palin [the “c” word] (“there’s just no other word for her”) — that makes Maher the most dangerous person in comedy,” Jones wrote. “He’s painfully well-informed, which means he takes no bullshit from anyone. President Barack Obama took it on the chin almost as much as Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck. How dare the President say he would not settle for America being No. 2 — America is already out of the top 10 in most international lifestyle and human rights categories (health care, education, social mobility, women in high political positions). ‘I’d be thrilled if we were No. 2,’ he ranted, noting it’s nice to be behind Bosnia in life expectancy (where the chief cause of death is wolfman attacks, he joked).”

On his Friday show, Maher called Palin and Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann “bimbos.” That came one week after he called Palin “a dumb twat.”


March 29, 2011

Governors' races

"I hate Republicans. They eat their young"

Former Louisiana Lt. Gov. candidate Caroline Fayard is under fire from Republicans for telling a Democratic audience last week that she hates Republicans because they "eat their young."

Fayard has been mentioned as a potential candidate to challenge GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal, who remains without an opponent seven months before the election.

The Daily News of Bogalusa caught her comments:

“I hate Republicans. I hate Republicans,” Fayard said, drawing some nods and voices of approval from the crowd. “They are cruel and destructive. They eat their young."

Fayard encouraged Democrats to respond to the gains Republicans have made nationally as well as statewide and said it’s “time to get mad.”

“I want them to stop bullying me,” she said. “I’m not going to be pushed around. I’ve worked too hard in my (young) career to (improve) Louisiana than to be pushed around. I’m going to push back.

The newspaper noted that Fayard stopped short of announcing her candidacy but "appeared to be on the stump," noting she said she will be "heavily involved" in the fall elections.

Fayard told the Times-Picayune Monday her comments were taken out of context and were not part of her prepared remarks.

UPDATE @ 5:31 PM: The Louisiana Republican Party has embraced Fayard's comments as a badge of honor, quickly turning her words into the bumper sticker below.

"I don’t think we need to hate each over this difference of opinion, but if she hates me there is not much I can do except to embrace it. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Today the Republican Party of Louisiana is pleased to offer you our newest bumper sticker – “Caroline Fayard Hates Me.” Pick one up today for free here and accept it as a badge of honor," wrote the party's executive director Jason Dore in an e-mail Tuesday afternoon.

radical Leftard David Goldstein's website: (horses ass refers to Tim Eyman, an anti tax activist)

Rocked by religious extremist
by Darryl, 03/28/2011, 10:12 AM

Another death in the hands of a domestic religious extremist:

A 28-year-old man has been charged with murder after telling police that he stoned a 70-year-old man to death for making homosexual advances toward him, authorities say. [...]

Thomas reportedly told authorities that he read in the Old Testament that homosexuals should be stoned to death. When Seidman allegedly made homosexual advances toward him over a period of time, Thomas said he received a message in his prayers that he must end Seidman’s life, according to court documents.

Police say that Thomas struck Seidman in the head about 10 times with the sock of rocks. Thomas left Seidman dead in his apartment, and then threw his bloody clothing and the bloody sock in a dumpster, according to authorities.

…which leads me to ask, when, oh when, will Congress hold hearings on the radicalization of American Christians?

And when will our lawmakers take action against the gathering threat of honor killings via stoning (nip it in the bud, so to speak) by passing legislation forbidding the establishment of Mosaic law in Washington state?

(And rename Moses Lake to something less terroristic sounding, while they are at it?)


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