January 21, 2005

Victims Want Changes Made To Creditors Committee


Sixty-two people claiming they are victims of sexual abuse by priests are asking the bankruptcy court to make changes to the committee helping decide the fate of the Spokane Diocese.

The alleged victims' attorneys say the creditors committee has too many members who are loyal to the church and could protect the Diocese from having to settle with victims. The motion asks the court to replace three so-called church loyalists and possibly add more people to the five-person committee.

Church attorneys have repeatedly told News4 they believe the composition of the committee is fair, because many possible abuse victims are not seeking money. They affirmed that position Thursday, saying they already had given a list of 130 claims to the court.

Posted by kshaw at January 21, 2005 03:58 AM