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BY John Lilly
Diocese of Spokane Selling Its Chancery
THE OREGONIAN, May 25 — In an effort to raise
money to pay sexual abuse claims, the Diocese of Spokane is selling its
bishop’s office and other property, said The
The diocese hopes to net at least
$3.75 million in liquidating its historic downtown Catholic Pastoral
Center and two vacant
parcels of land. The Pastoral
Center is a three-story
building with 29,000 square feet of space. The other properties are a 92-acre
parcel of land about seven miles from downtown and a 3-acre parcel in a
residential area adjacent to the Painted Hills Golf Course.
None of the parcels involves
parish buildings or property. The diocese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
protection in December 2004 as a result of more than $81 million in claims
against it. The diocese has announced settlements totaling approximately $10
million with insurance carriers and is negotiating other possible settlements.
The bankruptcy court ruled that parish real estate also belongs to the diocese
and can be sold to meet child sex abuse claims. The diocese has appealed the
N.J. Catholics Promote Adult
THE PRESS OF
May 24 — Leading Catholics in New
Jersey have banded together with a legislative
opponent to promote adult stem-cell research at the state’s 15 Catholic
hospitals, reported the Press.
The New Jersey Catholic Conference
joined with Assemblyman Neil Cohen, D-Union, who supports embryonic stem-cell
research, to announce plans to encourage mothers who have children at Catholic
hospitals to donate umbilical-cord and placenta blood.
While the Church opposes embryonic
stem-cell research, it supports adult stem-cell research, which does not result
in the killing of embryos.
Under the plan, diocesan
newspapers and parish bulletins will promote adult stem-cell research and
“Our goal is to take our
commonality and translate this into something nationwide,” said Cohen. “What
we’re doing today can be a national model.”
Denver Archbishop Favors
SUMMIT DAILY NEWS, May 25 — Denver Archbishop
Charles Chaput has offered mediation to 30
individuals who have alleged sexual abuse by diocesan priests, said the News.
first offered mediation last August, which would be led by former Boulder
District Judge Richard Dana, but lawyers representing the victims expressed no
Adam Horowitz, who has filed 19
cases against the archdiocese, said that any resolution must involve the
archdiocese revealing what they knew — and when — about the two priests named
in the lawsuits.
doubted that such files would be released publicly as part of any settlement.
The archdiocese has set aside money for settlements.
Said the archbishop: “We want to
speak to them [the accusers] ourselves, directly, and this is the best way to
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