March 10, 2006

Deadline for Catholic abuse claims Friday


Associated Press
Last updated: Thursday, March 09th, 2006 04:43:31 PM

SPOKANE -- Spokane Catholic diocese officials were waiting for tomorrow's deadline to get some idea how many people are seeking compensation for clergy sex abuse.

People who alleged they were abused have until close of business tomorrow to submit "proof of claims" to the US Bankruptcy Court handling the Spokane Diocese bankruptcy reorganization.

The diocese already has offered nearly $46 Million to 75 victims. An equal number could file claims and would negotiate settlements, or take the diocese to court, after Friday's deadline.

Among those who have already filed is a woman who says she was sexually abused 40 years ago by Spokane Bishop William Skylstad, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Posted by kshaw at March 10, 2006 08:01 AM