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Jesuits pay record $166.1 million in child abuse case
CNN ^ | 03/26/2011 | Michael Martinez

Posted on 03/26/2011 8:39:29 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

The Society of Jesus' Pacific Northwest unit and its insurers have agreed to pay a record $166.1 million to about 470 people who were sexually and psychologically abused as children by Jesuit priests from the 1940s to the 1990s, the victims' attorneys said Friday.

Blaine Tamaki, an attorney in Yakima, Washington, described the payment as "the largest settlement between a religious order and abuse victims in the history of the United States."

The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus is now in federal bankruptcy court in Portland, Oregon, the attorneys said. Insurers will pay $118 million, and the Jesuits' Pacific Northwest province will pay $48.1 million, Tamaki said.

"The $166.1 million is the largest settlement by a religious order in the history of the world," Tamaki said. "Over 450 Native American children ... were sexually abused repeatedly, from rape to sodomy, for decades throughout the Northwest. Instead of teaching these children how to read and write, Jesuit priests were teaching them distrust and shame.

"Instead of teaching the Native American children the love of God, these Jesuit pedophile priests were molesting these young children," Tamaki told reporters.

The Rev. Patrick Lee, provincial superior of the Jesuits' Oregon Province, declined to comment on the settlement, citing in a written statement the ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

"The province continues to work with the creditors committee to conclude the bankruptcy process as promptly as possible," Lee said.

Jesuits are the world's largest order of Catholic priests and are considered the most educated in the priesthood as they run prestigious universities, said Patrick Wall, a consultant to the victims' attorneys and a former priest and Benedictine monk who's now an expert on Catholic clergy abuse.

Jesuits number about 19,000 worldwide, according to the Society of Jesus in the United States.

(Excerpt) Read more at religion.blogs.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: childabuse; jesuits

1 posted on 03/26/2011 8:39:31 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

These are our tithes and offerings?


2 posted on 03/26/2011 8:41:10 PM PDT by Davidlion
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To: SeekAndFind

Wake me up when CNN can find Obama’s LONG form birth certificate!


3 posted on 03/26/2011 8:44:02 PM PDT by avacado
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To: Davidlion

Amazing. For every legitimate claims there are probably ten that are false. But when the legal sharks start swarming. The Jebbies deserve no better, but this is not their greatest sin.


4 posted on 03/26/2011 8:46:26 PM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: Davidlion

Amazing. For every legitimate claims there are probably ten that are false. But when the legal sharks start swarming. The Jebbies deserve no better, but this is not their greatest sin.


5 posted on 03/26/2011 8:46:37 PM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: SeekAndFind

470 people are now claiming they were screwed again because they did not understand the 1/3 contigent fee agreement.


6 posted on 03/26/2011 8:48:41 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is what happens when faggots are allowed to be in positions of power over youngsters.


7 posted on 03/26/2011 8:50:52 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: Davidlion

This is what happens when institutions go on auto-pilot. The sodomites should have been prevented from coming in, and any that made it past initial screenings should have been rooted out ruthlessly. But, no, no one from the Pope down wanted to enforce church discipline on “colleagues” or useful personnel, and no one wanted to do these things because of the “scandal” involved. No one wanted a so-called “witch-hunt”. Well, now the sodomites have given them their scandal many times over, profoundly harmed children, and have bankrupted their organizations.

Catholics need to become militant over how the church has been and probably continues to be negligent. There are more sodomites to be exposed and gotten rid of. The question is whether the men entrusted with the care of the Holy Church will do it.


8 posted on 03/26/2011 8:59:09 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: MarineBrat

This is what happens when sodomites are allowed in power anywhere.


9 posted on 03/26/2011 9:00:16 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: SeekAndFind

Priests were assumed to be absolutely pure by most of us until the past 15 years or so. They were put in a position of trust, beyond reproach.

We parishioners were naive. No party is perfect, but we never would have suspected this behavior. Affairs with adults and even with each other would have been more understandable given social pressures, but not with children.

Lesson learned is to be suspicious of every authority figure and not place too much trust in them, and replace them often.


10 posted on 03/26/2011 9:00:17 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: RobbyS
For every legitimate claims there are probably ten that are false.

I wish you were right. I hope you are right.

Of course you have no way of knowing. Sadly it is possible all claims are correct.

11 posted on 03/26/2011 9:04:10 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: RobbyS
Amazing. For every legitimate claims there are probably ten that are false. But when the legal sharks start swarming. The Jebbies deserve no better, but this is not their greatest sin.

I have said this for years....you didn't say anything at the time....didn't tell your parents, didn't punch him out, didn't tell the principal of the school, didn't tell your friends.....but someone files a suit, dollars involved, and suddenly you remember that you were molested..........yeah right, put me on the jury and the whiners would have to show DNA evidence. This whole situation is pathetic....are some of them justified....maybe, are most of them, nope, they are young homosexuals learning to enjoy their strange desires with a young priest who was also a homosexual.....duh

12 posted on 03/26/2011 9:15:42 PM PDT by terycarl
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To: RobbyS
Amazing. For every legitimate claims there are probably ten that are false. But when the legal sharks start swarming. The Jebbies deserve no better, but this is not their greatest sin.

I have said this for years....you didn't say anything at the time....didn't tell your parents, didn't punch him out, didn't tell the principal of the school, didn't tell your friends.....but someone files a suit, dollars involved, and suddenly you remember that you were molested..........yeah right, put me on the jury and the whiners would have to show DNA evidence. This whole situation is pathetic....are some of them justified....maybe, are most of them, nope, they are young homosexuals learning to enjoy their strange desires with a young priest who was also a homosexual.....duh

13 posted on 03/26/2011 9:18:13 PM PDT by terycarl
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To: ladyjane
The reason parents pay money to Jesuits in the first place is so that their offspring can be phsychologically abused ... or perhaps "coerced" is a better term ... into becoming Educated Christian Gentlemen. So, that part of the claim is 100% correct.

Now as any former student of any Roman Catholic Religious Order can attest, there has always been a dark shadow flitting through the shadows of the cloisters. In tragically feeble defense, I offer the common knowledge that in the subjects of buggery and paedophilia, the Romans pale in comparison with the Anglicans, and that both are amateurs in the field when it comes to the various branches of the Orthodox.

Nor can the leaders of the various American Churches of St. Billy Bob of the Trailer Park slink innocently away. By golly even a rabbi or two has been led away in the iron bracelets. As far as the Muslims go, which should be very far from here indeed, buggery, paedophilia, bestiality, and even vegetality are enshrined in their holy writings.

Conclusion: Carnality and Religion are inextricably entwined in the Genetic Code of the Human Species. Watch the people with the prayerbooks like hawks is the lesson. A number of them are always going to be watching our children in the same way.

14 posted on 03/26/2011 9:48:08 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (America might survive Obama. But it cannot survive with the kind of people who would vote for him.)
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To: ladyjane

I recall the wave of claims in the early 90s about suppressed memories of sexual abuse by fathers, and nursery workers stood accused of molestation as prosecutor prodded 5-year olds to offer up testimony. It is not that these things don’t happen: there here were “witches” during the Middle Ages, there are monsters exposed every day. But as the numbers multiple, the suspicions grows that people are getting revenge for abuses that have nothing to do with the charges, or just enjoying power. Don’t forget the Salem Witch Trials. It was not the accused who were possessed.


15 posted on 03/26/2011 9:50:59 PM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: terycarl

The “victim asked for it” defense?


16 posted on 03/26/2011 9:54:31 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Kenny Bunk

Well, sexuality is in the blood —a much more poetic and (Ithink) truthful term than “genetric code.” In the Bible blood is life, and it is tainted by sin, and has since Adam. Blood much be touched by divinity to be purified. That even the pagans realized as they offered their blood sacrifices. A child’s blood is what passes as most pure, and a lamb is the closest analogy to a human child. Christians, however, believe that we can be cleansed by faith, which is that grace that pours from the wounds of the divine victim. How pitiful is the priest or any other man, who looks upon youth as something desperately to be recaptured. Men seek out ever younger prostitutes, violate virgins so as to appropriate that for themselves, as by some form of sacrificing them in hopes of some expiation.


17 posted on 03/26/2011 10:04:50 PM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck; terycarl
"The “victim asked for it” defense?"

I didn't read his statement as that as all. I don't wish to put words in his mouth, but I think he's pointing out that in some cases, decades have gone by, and because so much time has passed, there's absolutely no way to defend yourself from such a claim.

For most of America's history, there were statutes of limitations on these kinds of intentional torts - anywhere from 2-8 years in most states. Then, when these allegations of clergy misconduct started to spring up in the '80s, the states - under incredible and coersive influence from the plaintiff's attorney's lobby - started to change the laws specifically to address these cases. IOW, they wrote legislation that allowed lawyers to do what had never been available before.

As a result, there are literally lawyers flying in their own private jets, all from these settlements.

And, before anyone says it - no, I'm not defending the heinous and despicable actions of some clergy members, and the institutional protection the Church gave to these predators. But, to pretend that there wasn't fraud involved in some, perhaps many of these cases, is fanciful.

18 posted on 03/26/2011 10:31:41 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: HiTech RedNeck; terycarl

I should add so as not to mislead people, some of these changes occurred legislatively, but case law also played a roll as well. There were dozens of precedents that expanded what had been long-standing principles of law that previously limited or foreclosed entirely, these kinds of cases after after a more traditional period of time had passed.


19 posted on 03/26/2011 10:39:40 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

I can’t read it in any other way... “the plaintiff [never mind if he was under age of consent] liked it”


20 posted on 03/26/2011 10:43:15 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Kenny Bunk

“In tragically feeble defense,... “

Less than that. Contemptible.


21 posted on 03/26/2011 10:45:24 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: HiTech RedNeck
"I can’t read it in any other way... "

I read it again, and it's alright - right up until that last sentence - the "young homosexuals..." part. I can't say that I agree with the inclusion of that particular phrase.

22 posted on 03/26/2011 10:46:58 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: RobbyS
but this is not their greatest sin.

I put child molesting pretty high on the sin scale. I think someone else does too - "as ye have done unto these my children, ye have done it unto me..."

Care to elaborate?

23 posted on 03/26/2011 10:47:52 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("We stand together or we fall apart" mt)
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To: terycarl
It would appear you may be a lucky individual and never been molested by those in an authoritative position over you, and much bigger...and who tells you if you say a word no one will believe you (and they didn't far too many times) and then you;ll be in big trouble - or - if you tell, I will hurt you bad - or kill your family - etc etc.

It appears you have never, as a DEFENSELESS child, been put in that position.

If so, you might think about getting on your knees and thanking GOD - and while you're there, maybe ask for some understanding and milk of human kindness.

Have a good rest of your judgmental life.

24 posted on 03/26/2011 10:57:33 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("We stand together or we fall apart" mt)
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To: maine-iac7
The greatest sin is apostasy. And it is based on arrogance. a sign of this is that they meet in the mother church looking like an audience of microsoft execs. But the child molestation is a symptom of a lack of faith. It is endemic in the public schools, which are—so many of them—godless.
25 posted on 03/26/2011 11:02:32 PM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: SeekAndFind

For God’s sake, when is the Holy Roman Catholic Church going to be prosecuted under the existing RICO Act?

This is a pervasive and ongoing illegal enterprise of global proportions. Any other group, organized or not, would have been prosecuted to Hell and back by now.


26 posted on 03/27/2011 4:11:41 AM PDT by burroak
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To: cicero2k

“Lesson learned is to be suspicious of every authority figure and not place too much trust in them, and replace them often.”

Jeremiah again, this time in Chapter 17, verse 5: “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm . . . “

We make too much of clerics and not enough of God.


27 posted on 03/27/2011 5:27:39 AM PDT by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: PetroniusMaximus
Conclusion: Carnality and Religion are inextricably entwined in the Genetic Code of the Human Species. Watch the people with the prayerbooks like hawks is the lesson. A number of them are always going to be watching our children in the same way.

Abuse of the power of religion is endemic within the institutions of every religion. What is evolving now is the power of the laity to monitor their institutions more assiduously and to find and correct offenders. This is not easy.

Innocent children must be made aware of those in their lives who are not innocent. Right now it is the turn of the Romans to be excoriated for the violations within their church, and rightly so. However, it is sheer hypocrisy for members of other sects to imagine that somehow their churches are immune or innocent of these horrible abuses. All of this has gone on for centuries. This has always been known in confidence. Now, it has reached the public.
The "Public" is human, too. So the effects of the light shined upon the centuries of abuse will be good. Those good effects will hopefully outweigh those that inevitably will not be so good.

28 posted on 03/27/2011 5:34:21 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (America might survive Obama. But it cannot survive with the kind of people who would vote for him.)
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To: cicero2k

About 15 years ago a former Jesuit seminarian sued the church because of unwanted homsexual advances. The bishop told him to keep quiet and a federal judge said he would not intervine. He never became a priest. Now all the 6 to 10 year old kids that have had those priests, that thought the chruch was a sexual playground, not a holy place are in their 20s with terrible experiences. In Dallas the church had two priests that cost them 50 million then digging deeper they found more.


29 posted on 03/27/2011 5:46:17 AM PDT by q_an_a (a)
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To: RobbyS

The Fells Acre, McMartin, Little Rascals hysteria began with single accusations that grew as the result of prosecutorial misconduct. If you read the transcripts of the child interviews it’s apparent the children were coerced into agreeing with the interviewer.

The accusations against the priests are quite different. The DA in most cases is reluctant to pursue the cases, sometimes because of pressure from the local religious leader. The community doesn’t have the same “save these poor victims” mentality they had in the 80’s when they felt the children were being abused.

Thirty years ago the alleged abusers were sent to prison for decades and only released throught he tireless efforts of people like Dorothy Rabinowitz. Contrast those sentences with present day responses. Cardinal Bernard Law was sent(enced) to Rome where he was given a promotion. He now serves or perhaps heads the group that chooses the new bishops! How do you like those apples.


30 posted on 03/27/2011 8:09:59 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: RobbyS

“For every legitimate claims there are probably ten that are false.”

How in the hell would you know? For every 1 child, code word for pre-teen boy, they raped they beat the ever loving crap out of 10 more.

My sister entered the Incarnate Word order at 14. She had her head saved, was beaten and not allowed to speak for 2 years unless spoken to first by an older nun. She had to get on her knees and kiss their foot and then the old bitches would say “what do you want?”. When she said she did not under stand why she was bleeding they screamed and said she was being punished by God and put her in solitary to pray for forgiveness. She was FOURTEEN years old so KMA.

I went to Christian Brother HS and found out 20 years later that the “Good Friars” had routinely raped some of my friends. I was expelled when I was 16 for telling Brother Stanly I would kill him if he ever hit me again. He had stabbed me in the chest with a key. Can’t have dissension in the ranks of potential rump riders can we?

Perverts, bloody perverts.


31 posted on 03/27/2011 8:31:40 AM PDT by TxDas (This above all, to thine ownself be true.)
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To: terycarl

“.you didn’t say anything at the time....didn’t tell your parents, “

Bullshit - if you told your parents they asked you what you had done to upset the good father-—or brother —or sister and then they beat you for causing them embarrassment.

After all, catholic parents had been beaten and abused as well, so it is all about the “family” secrets.

So you are saying at age 10 after father plied you with wine in the sanctuary and then told you you burn in hell if you ever told anyone you would have told the good sister? And she would have done what. You would tell your buddies on the ball team what father had done? So they could call you a liar and fairy?

KMA


32 posted on 03/27/2011 8:37:24 AM PDT by TxDas (This above all, to thine ownself be true.)
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To: maine-iac7
It would appear you may be a lucky individual and never been molested by those in an authoritative position over you, and much bigger...and who tells you if you say a word no one will believe you (and they didn't far too many times) and then you;ll be in big trouble - or - if you tell, I will hurt you bad - or kill your family - etc etc. It appears you have never, as a DEFENSELESS child, been put in that position. If so, you might think about getting on your knees and thanking GOD - and while you're there, maybe ask for some understanding and milk of human kindness.

nonsense.....the majority of these "victims" were not really victimsat all, but were young men enticed into a homosexual relationship which they desired. It is not hard for a "chicken hawk" homosexual man (one who is looking for young participants) to spot potential quarry. By the way...although there is no excuse for either of them....there are approximately 260 cases filed in insurance companies per year, against protestant clergy....just saying

33 posted on 03/27/2011 6:32:50 PM PDT by terycarl
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To: TxDas
How in the hell would you know? For every 1 child, code word for pre-teen boy, they raped they beat the ever loving crap out of 10 more. My sister entered the Incarnate Word order at 14. She had her head saved, was beaten and not allowed to speak for 2 years unless spoken to first by an older nun. She had to get on her knees and kiss their foot and then the old bitches would say “what do you want?”. When she said she did not under stand why she was bleeding they screamed and said she was being punished by God and put her in solitary to pray for forgiveness. She was FOURTEEN years old so KMA. I went to Christian Brother HS and found out 20 years later that the “Good Friars” had routinely raped some of my friends. I was expelled when I was 16 for telling Brother Stanly I would kill him if he ever hit me again. He had stabbed me in the chest with a key. Can’t have dissension in the ranks of potential rump riders can we?

total nonsense....BS that disappeared years ago...if some of your friends were raped in HIGH SCHOOL they wanted it....as I think back, in high school I was 6' l65# and it would have taken at lease three of them to rape me!!! Your description ofyour sister's treatment at a convent would have soon led to the end of their existance....you have a vivid imagination and a hatred of a church that you couldn't make it in. (sorry, I ended that sentence with a preposition)

34 posted on 03/27/2011 6:44:19 PM PDT by terycarl
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To: TxDas
“.you didn’t say anything at the time....didn’t tell your parents, “ Bullshit - if you told your parents they asked you what you had done to upset the good father-—or brother —or sister and then they beat you for causing them embarrassment. After all, catholic parents had been beaten and abused as well, so it is all about the “family” secrets. So you are saying at age 10 after father plied you with wine in the sanctuary and then told you you burn in hell if you ever told anyone you would have told the good sister? And she would have done what. You would tell your buddies on the ball team what father had done? So they could call you a liar and fairy? KMA

WOW, you must have been raised in a real caring family.....My father, had I ever reported to him that I had either been molested or threatened in any way, would have, with a police escort, confronted the alleged perp and believe be, there would have been serious, legal or otherwise, consequences. That would also follow for my children, but I'm not so sure I would have taken the time to dial 911. ......your sign off as KMA to a male writer signifies that.....well, let's just say that you shouldn't be around young MALE children......just saying

35 posted on 03/27/2011 6:58:11 PM PDT by terycarl
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To: TxDas
And how would you know beyond your personal experience? And do you really care that in the public schools that such incidents probably occur in proportional numbers. I certainly from my long experience in education "know," but could not prove that school administrators habitually sent on their way child abusers--and accused child abusers--just to avoid trouble. My own cynicism(and my own experince) leads me to believe that the public schools have been spared this onslaught because 1) they enjoy sovereign immunity and 2) most school purge the files of former employees and 3) there is no central authority comparable to the Catholic dioceses/religious orders and 4) they and teachers have no personal commitment to one another. One of the ironies of the priest scandals is that the schools have become more attentive to charges of child molestation. But there will be reaching back forty or fifty years to locate coaches who hot on sweet young things, because the evidence is not there, and because the public schools are a power in the land much greater than the Catholic Church.
36 posted on 03/27/2011 7:33:42 PM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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