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Jesuit Denies Predatory Priests Sent to Alaska!

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The head of the Jesuit order for the Northwest today denied the allegation in a new lawsuit that Alaska became a magnet or hiding place for problem priests...

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kat yazzie (400)
Sunday January 18, 2009, 5:37 am

The head of the Jesuit order for the Northwest today denied the allegation in a new lawsuit that Alaska became a magnet or hiding place for problem priests.



Hooper Bay

St. Michael


Mountain Village


Nunam Iqua (formerly Sheldon Point)


NUMBER: 43 Alaska Natives were sexually abused by Catholic priests and church volunteers.
ALASKA: State was a dumping ground for pedophile priests.

KNOWLEDGE: Jesuit leaders knew of abusive priests and failed to act.

The lawsuit filed this week in Bethel on behalf of 43 Alaska Natives accuses Catholic priests and volunteers of sexual abuse years or even decades ago, when they were children.

It's the latest in a string of lawsuits over the years, most of them targeting priests who came to Alaska from the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province. The province includes Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Idaho.

In a written statement this morning, the Rev. Patrick Lee, the head or provincial for the Oregon Province, didn't address the new allegations of sexual abuse or other specifics from the lawsuit.

But he disputed the broad allegation contained within the lawsuit that Alaska became a dumping ground for pedophile priests.

"I have never seen any evidence of that," Lee said in the statement. "Jesuits requested to be assigned to this mission. It was seen as a very challenging place to go, but one which attracted Jesuits who had a deep desire to spread the gospel."

The lawsuit claims the Jesuit order intentionally sent the priests to isolated Alaska villages with little or nothing in the way of law enforcement. People had no place to report allegations of child sexual abuse, the suit says. There also weren't health care providers trained to detect signs of abuse, it says.

The Jesuits have settled a number of earlier Alaska claims, paying out $59 million since 2004.

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 18, 2009, 6:14 am
Noted thanks Kat.

Pamylle G (461)
Sunday January 18, 2009, 6:39 am
May the children be healed from this, and justice served.

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 18, 2009, 6:54 am
Disturbing news. Thanks, Kat.

Henry P (171)
Sunday January 18, 2009, 7:58 am
May justice be served and the children healed noted Thanks Kat

Patricia McCaskill (139)
Sunday January 18, 2009, 12:21 pm
And the Church keeps the sickness alive and well and taking more victims...

Charles D. J (11)
Sunday January 18, 2009, 6:59 pm
Noted with sadness that the shame continues; that the 'inner circle' still plays its 'shell game' to protect the guilty instead of taking a stand for the innocents.

Sheryl G (363)
Monday January 19, 2009, 6:19 am
Have we not heard this story played out over and over again, generation after generation of children abused. Until the religious institutions get serious about this, it will continue unfortunately. Our children should feel safe in school and relgious settings but this is where it is easiest to abuse them for the children do think they are safe there so make an easier mark. These people should not be transferred only to do it to some other poor child and ruin their life, these people should be expelled from their position, stand trial in a court of law, and if found guilty serve time as well as be on the sex offender list. Those who are in the Church and willingly turn a blind eye or transfer them elsewhere should also be held accountable for aiding and abetting, make them pay for their part in all of it.

Clever Pseudonym (176)
Tuesday January 20, 2009, 3:47 am
The artwork tells a different story.

Pat B (356)
Tuesday January 20, 2009, 5:20 pm
I agree with your comment, Clever. This is so sad. The Jesuits have settled a number of earlier Alaska claims, paying out $59 million since 2004!!! This is horrible. I hope that the victims seek counseling, and be healed from this abuse. Thanks, Kat for this story. Noted.

Many Feathers (139)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 2:22 pm
thankx for updates ((( KAT )))

Kate S (114)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 10:03 pm
Surprise, surprise...lying priests! Anyone who is still a Catholic should have their head examined.
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