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Northwest Jesuits to Pay $166.1 Million to Native Abuse Victims
Tuesday, April 12 2011
 
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The long journey for justice is over for approximately 450 victims who were sexually abused as children by Jesuit Missionaries in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Oregon, in the 1940s through the 1990s.
The landmark settlement was announced March 25. It is the largest settlement between a religious order and sexual abuse victims in the history of the United States. The Society of Jesus, Oregon Province (the Northwest chapter of the Society of Jesus, a religious order based on Rome, Italy), and its insurer will pay $166.1 million, and also requires the Jesuits to provide a written apology to the victims, and produce documents regarding their knowledge of the abuse that took place on their watch.


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Posted by Karina, on 17-02-2013 19:51,
1. Not the Jesus I know!
I don't understand why these Catholic abusers get to stay in retirement or monasteries, instead of doing hard time in prison for their evil acts. Anyone who had part in these abuses should be dismissed of their leadership/privileged positions in the church. All I can say for sure is that they did not truly know the God of "Shalom" and were not Christ followers. Unless they repented of their sins, they will not enjoy paradise. As a protestant Christian, who has both European and Native American roots on both sides, I am deeply saddened the way my ancestors were treated and forced to assimilate.
 
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Posted by Pat Walsh, on 13-03-2012 12:49,
2. Other abuse in Catholic facilities
This is not just a Native American problem. My grandfather stayed at Father Baker's children's home in Buffalo New York. He told my mother that he left the Catholic Church because of the physical abuse: being forced to kneel on beans while holding his arms out. I was disgusted when I read that the Church is in the process of declaring Fr. Baker a saint. Grandpa then passed on the beatings to my brother (beating a 3 year old with a leather strap) Thank goodness people are bring this out before the memories are gone. 
I don't know about sexual abuse, but I have suspicions.
 
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