Jesuit Diocese in Bankruptcy Compensates Abuse Victims


The Northwest Jesuits and their insurers have agreed to a $166.1 million settlement to compensate more than 500 victims of sexual and physical abuse in five states. Some accounts of abuse date back as far as the 1940’s and originate from dioceses from Alaska to Montana.

The agreement to make compensation came 766 days after the region’s Jesuit leadership filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The filing came after a long series of payouts by the Portland-based Society of Jesus (Oregon province) amounting to about $25 million in abuse claims dating back to 2001.

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