US Jesuits agree to school sex abuse pay-out

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US Jesuits agree to school sex abuse pay-out

An order of US Catholic priests has agreed to pay $166.1m (£103.3m) to hundreds of Native Americans sexually abused by priests at its schools.

The former students at Jesuit schools in five states of the north-western US said they were abused from the 1940s through the 1990s.

Under a settlement, the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, will also apologise to the victims.

The order had argued paying out abuse claims would cause it to go bankrupt.

“It’s a day of reckoning and justice,” Clarita Vargas, who said she and two sisters were abused by a priest at a Jesuit-run school for Native American children in the state of Washington, told the Associated Press.

“My spirit was wounded, and this makes it feel better.”

The province ran schools in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

Most of the alleged victims were Native American. Much of the alleged abuse occurred on Native reservations and in remote villages, where the order was accused of dumping problem priests.

“No amount of money can bring back a lost childhood, a destroyed culture or a shattered faith,” lawyer Blaine Tamaki, who represented about 90 victims in the case, said in a statement.

The pay-out is one of the largest to date in a series of sex abuse scandals involving the Catholic Church.

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5 thoughts on “US Jesuits agree to school sex abuse pay-out

  1. McBrolloks, it is so easy! Just pay a few beads to Jesus and all your sins are forgiven. How can humankind hold paedophilic priests accountable for their actions if Jesus has forgiven them? (I must wonder what Jesus says about the millions that are being paid out instead of going into His coffer? I am not Jesus but I suggest He puts out a memo : “Pull your wires you assholes -I’ll even allow Penthouse to get your minds going if your imaginations are shot – but this paying out money for collateral damage musrt stop forthwith!!!)

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  2. Fully agree with you Savage.
    Consider the following scenario: Child abused by priest. Money paid by church and priest asks for forgiveness and restates that he really, really loves Jesus. Priest comes out smelling like a rose and the day he dies, goes up on a cloud and ends up washing Jesus’s feet while listening to crappy gospel music.
    On the other end of the scale, the abused child ends up with psychological issues and as a result start abusing drugs. In addition, the disillusioned youngster also decides to denounce religion and becomes an atheist. After a premature death the youngster ends up in hell.

    The only fairness shining through in the example above is that the youngster would at least not be forced to listen to crap music. I would imagine guys like John Lennon and Jim Morrison would be making the music in the so-called hell.

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  3. What is it with these godbot’s improper use of language and total lack of correct spelling – did the god-meme also destroy this faculty or were they born demented?

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