Oregon Province SJ files Chapter 11 after $25 million settlement to abuse victims

Via KECI Missoula

Less than two months from now, anyone who was abused or molested by a Jesuit preist in Montana, or four other states, will run out of time to be a part of a settlement for the abuse.    The Society of Jesus organization, has paid out over $25 million dollars to victims, but under a chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the period for filing any more claims is November 30th.
    Two Montana abuse victims came to MIssoula today to encourage local churches to tell people to come forward.  The victims say the church is keeping the truth from coming out by filing the bankruptcy.
    David Clohessy, a victim and director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Preists, said “We think that this whole chapter 11 process stinks.  We think it’ set up largely by the Jesuits largely  for their own convenience and protection.  And a victim should be able to come forward whenever he or she capable of it.”

On the groups [sic] website, Patrick Lee, a high ranking official says in a letter to the church members “This decision provides the best opportunity for healing, justice and fair compensation for those who have suffered.

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