Update: Facing abuse suits, Northwest Jesuits file bankruptcy

Via the Seattle Times:

The Jesuit order in the Northwest, beset by lawsuits alleging numerous instances of sexual abuse dating back decades [reported in this space here and here], has filed for bankruptcy.

The Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, filed for Chapter 11 protection Tuesday, in the Oregon District of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

The province has said that most of the local institutions associated with Jesuits — Seattle University, Gonzaga University, Seattle Preparatory School — are incorporated separately from the province, so any bankruptcy filing should not affect them financially.

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