March 25th, 2011
04:06 PM ET

Jesuits pay record $166.1 million in child abuse case

By Michael Martinez, CNN

The Society of Jesus' Pacific Northwest unit and its insurers have agreed to pay a record $166.1 million to about 470 people who were sexually and psychologically abused as children by Jesuit priests from the 1940s to the 1990s, the victims' attorneys said Friday.

Blaine Tamaki, an attorney in Yakima, Washington, described the payment as "the largest settlement between a religious order and abuse victims in the history of the United States."

The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus is now in federal bankruptcy court in Portland, Oregon, the attorneys said. Insurers will pay $118 million, and the Jesuits' Pacific Northwest province will pay $48.1 million, Tamaki said.

"The $166.1 million is the largest settlement by a religious order in the history of the world," Tamaki said. "Over 450 Native American children ... were sexually abused repeatedly, from rape to sodomy, for decades throughout the Northwest. Instead of teaching these children how to read and write, Jesuit priests were teaching them distrust and shame.

"Instead of teaching the Native American children the love of God, these Jesuit pedophile priests were molesting these young children," Tamaki told reporters.

The Rev. Patrick Lee, provincial superior of the Jesuits' Oregon Province, declined to comment on the settlement, citing in a written statement the ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

"The province continues to work with the creditors committee to conclude the bankruptcy process as promptly as possible," Lee said.

Jesuits are the world's largest order of Catholic priests and are considered the most educated in the priesthood as they run prestigious universities, said Patrick Wall, a consultant to the victims' attorneys and a former priest and Benedictine monk who's now an expert on Catholic clergy abuse.

Jesuits number about 19,000 worldwide, according to the Society of Jesus in the United States.

The settlement also asks the Jesuits to provide a written apology to the victims, Tamaki said.

The abuse primarily took place in Jesuit-operated mission schools and boarding schools on Indian reservations in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Oregon, and some of the children were abused by Jesuits serving in dioceses throughout the Northwest, Tamaki said.

Most of the abuse occurred in the 1960s, so many of the alleged victims are now in their late 40s and early 50s, Tamaki said.

None of the 57 Jesuit priests accused of sexual abuse by the victims has been charged with any crimes, Tamika said. He added that less than a handful each of Jesuit brothers and nuns in the Jesuit schools also are accused of child sexual abuse by the victims.

"This same province has settled claims before, but this is the big whopper," Tamika told CNN.

The Jesuits' Pacific Northwest province filed for bankruptcy protection in February 2009 after Tamaki filed 21 federal lawsuits against them in Washington and after another attorney, John Manly of Newport Beach, California, had spent years filing other child sex abuse lawsuits against the Jesuits' regional unit, the attorneys said.

"There is no question that the number of cases filed, and the establishment of prolific abuse, triggered the bankruptcy," Manly said in a statement. He represented almost 200 claims out of Alaska.

During the press conference Friday, Manly told reporters that the settlement was "a small step for this country recognizing the holocaust that occurred to Native Americans at these boarding schools.

"What you had at these boarding schools was nothing less than a Slobodan Milosevic-style cultural assassination using rape as an offensive weapon to control people," he said. "They can deny it, they can pretend like it didn't happen, they can minimize it, but that's what it is."

One abuse victim, Katherine (Hansen) Mendez, 53, was abused as a child at St. Mary's Mission boarding school in Omak, Washington, according to a statement issued by Tamaki.

Mendez, a Yakama tribal member who didn't attend Friday's press conference, was 11 when she was sent to St. Mary's Mission by a state foster worker and was abused for a year by the Jesuit priest who ran the school, she said in the statement.

"I kept the sexual molestation hidden in the dark, in my soul, for years and years. Finally, when I came forward and saw that others did too, it was as if the blanket that had hidden our secret was pulled off and we could move into the light again," Mendez said in a statement.

Another victim, Clarita Vargas, a member of the Colville tribe in Washington, attended Friday's press conference and told reporters that she attended the same boarding school from second to eighth grade during the 1960s and early 1970s.

She said the same Jesuit priest held a movie night in his private office and quarters, and "he would purposely select a child to molest," Vargas said.

"I was a victim of physical and sexual abuse by one of the priests," Vargas said.

About the settlement, she said, "It's a day of reckoning and justice. ... This will continue to allow us on a path for healing. There is a generational trauma in Indian country."

She later added: "When I think about how important this is to us, I can only say my spirit was wounded and this makes it feel better."

Thirty-eight of the claims handled by Tamaki involve sexual abuse by a Jesuit priest who resides in a private retirement facility financed by the Jesuits, Tamaki said.

Forty-nine of the almost 100 victims represented by Tamaki were sexually abused when they were 8 years old or younger, he said. The remaining victims were ages 9 to 14 during the abuse, he said.

Most of the victims were abused during the 1950s, 60s, and 70s at reservation mission schools, including Sacred Heart Mission in Desmet, Idaho; St. Ignatius Mission in St. Ignatius, Montana; St. Paul's Mission in Hayes, Montana; and St. Labre Mission in Ashland, Montana, Tamaki said.

Theo Lawrence, who attended St. Ignatius Mission, had wanted to talk with reporters Friday, but he died this past week, Tamaki said in statement.

Lawrence was in third grade when the molestation began allegedly by a priest and a nun who worked with the Jesuit missionaries, according to Tamaki.

Before he died, Lawrence provided a statement for Friday's press conference: "The nun or one of the brothers would send me to the rectory to see (the priest). He would give me candy or call me special - and then he would molest me. They all did at various times," his statement said.

Lawrence said that he was scared to tell anyone because all of the boys were told repeatedly that "men of God don't talk. We were scared that if we uttered even one word, we would go to hell," his statement said.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Mrsp Rodiguezn

    Hi this is somewhat of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I'm starting a blog soon but have no coding skills so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

    July 11, 2012 at 5:17 am |
  2. deek

    Imagine what would happen if a priest abused the son of a powerful family, perhaps an organized crime family?

    April 14, 2011 at 5:41 am |
  3. Jeff

    Quite by accident (or Providence) I read a lengthy interview with Eric John Phelps, the author of "Vatican Assassins". Even if his claims are remotely true, everything that's gone wrong int his world now makes sense.

    The Jesuits have one mission and that is to wipe out Protestantism (first order) and all others forms of religions (second order). They do not do this work in the name of the Catholic Church or the Vatican. They operate within the Catholic Church, but they are not part of the Catholic Church. Popes have tried and failed to stop them throughout history. The center of the USA is not the White House, but rather Georgetown University, a Jesuit run University. Every President except for Lincoln and Kennedy have followed the will of the Jesuits. We all know what happened to Lincoln and Kennedy.

    You will all do yourselves a big favor if you take the time to understand who the Black Pope is and what his plan for you is. Hint, the Black Pope is not Benedict the 16th.

    March 31, 2011 at 12:09 am |
  4. chief

    The Society of Jesus' Pacific Northwest unit and its insurers have agreed to pay a record $166.1 million to about 470 people who were abused and psychologically abused as children by Jesuit priests

    March 29, 2011 at 10:30 am |
  5. WOT

    If you ever touch me again
    ..I will tell my Dad .. Never happen Again .. Tell children to tell not lie...

    March 28, 2011 at 9:16 am |
    • Rosa

      Thank you Gerald.
      Do you know where I can access the real? Fatima letters? I am not sure wht you meant by "By the way your quote is not from Fatima, therefore is a non-approved message. Fatima took place around 1917.".

      March 28, 2011 at 11:06 am |
  6. Shannon Underwood

    Now that the crimes have been admitted, where are the police and the justice system. Shouldn't the criminals and the people who covered up and continued to cover up the crimes be prosecuted. All those involved should be charged and taken to court as criminals, or does the church get a pass for payment. Seems like too many prosecutors and judges have given this a pass, treat them for what they are, power seekers who abuse children and others within their control.

    March 28, 2011 at 12:35 am |
    • gerald

      "Most of the abuse occurred in the 1960s, so many of the alleged victims are now in their late 40s and early 50s, Tamaki said."

      Most of these cases are 25-40 years old. Unfortunately the statute of limitations would prevent this.

      March 28, 2011 at 9:42 am |
    • chief

      re gerald.... id like for the remaining priests and people like you to sit in a room and tell these american indians that "unfortunate it beyond the statute of limitations".... great retort

      March 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • gerald

      Chief, do you know what laws are. I don't write them. Neither does the church. I wish the guilty in this case could be put in jail despite them but that is not the way of our country. I wish everyone who has harmed a child were in jail for the crime. But of course you will call me a ped priest.

      March 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • Rosa

      Thanks Gerald. I thoght those pictures were kind of strange! I looked further and did fond Fatima.org. I will look thru there. Thanks again!

      March 28, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • chief

      re gerald... yes i do know the laws and i know there are those who skirt them.... and do know the church has its own laws which they think supercede the laws of the land.... in other words, the catholic laws are not to expose these things but to keep them silent and bring them through the church channels..... why would i call you a ped priest if your openly condemining and not diverting the topics away from the peds?

      March 29, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • gerald

      Evidently American Indians tribal councils do the same in covering up the abuse of women.

      March 29, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • chief

      re gerald.... say what you wish.... as it is written..... and your pulling for the peds.... Even POPE Ratzinger apologised to native Canadians who were physically and abused at church-run boarding schools they were forced to attend. He said he was sorry for their anguish, and was praying they would heal.

      you know the indians blame the catholic church for a lot of damage they caused to the nation..... i guess they are liars too along with the pope? you agree priest?

      March 29, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
    • gerald

      Chief, I am sorry for every single child that was abused by a priest who was not following his vows or Church teaching like many other honorable priests do. I agree with the Pope and any statements he has made in regard to the scandal. I don't know what you want other than to continue to lie. I am not a priest as I have said before though there would be no dishonor in being an honorable one. You are of course dishonorable for the negative way in which you call me a priest. You blaspheme an office that comes from God Almighty.

      March 30, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • gerald

      Chief its funny how you think the abused children (there must be some since congress approved money to rehab the abuses in the health care bill) abused by native americans their abuse is less important than those abused by Catholic priests. You sweep it under the rug when I bring it up. You also igore the story about abused native american women and sweep it under the rug. I guess their abuse wasn't important either.

      March 30, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • chief

      re gerald... you are a priest.... i blaspheme the peds that are priests.... your off your rocker,.... an office from God almighty...... who's the blasphemer.....

      you always are on these blogs defending the church and thus the ped priests by deflection.... you are almost as guilty as they are....... pathetic... in your deflections of the PED priests you always use the same rhetoric about public schools, teachers, boy scouts, etc....

      March 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • gerald

      What was that? A 747 going over or did chief fail to understand a point that went right over his head once again. The latter. Funny.

      March 30, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • chief

      re gerald... to call the priest hood, with known peds in it and an organization that protect them, an office from God Almighty .... is blasphemy..... attributing something to God that isn't is blasphemy, its one of the ten commandments.... you being a priest and all its seems you would know that ,... but then again what do you care, you defend the peds in a best case sceanario

      March 31, 2011 at 9:54 am |
  7. Rosa

    I found this...supposedly is Jesus saying this?

    "There is in the Vatican, the Eternal City, a force of evil so great that it shall bring great trial upon the good, suffering to those who will stand faithful and true. My children, the time is approaching when it must be bishop against bishop and cardinal against cardinal; for those who should know better, who have been given graces beyond the ordinary man, they have used this power to set themselves against their God. Many are evil consorts of satan sent into My House to destroy. They are not unknown to Us. We will turn all evil to good. However, the ways of the Eternal Father are unknown to mankind. You will all keep a constant vigilance of prayer, for without prayer, you cannot have sight; without prayer, you will be unable to recognize the signs of your times. My Mother has come to you as a Mediatrix between God and man. Reject Her direction, reject Her counsel, and you shall be rejected before the Father." – Jesus, February 1, 1977

    At the end, there is a request for $8,000, to keep the website going, and to mail out stuff about this.

    Our Lady urgently needs your help! $8,000 is urgently needed to pay printers to do a mailing and to keep this web site going. Our Lady will greatly bless you for anything you can send. She's depending on your help! Please don't let Her down.
    This sounds strange!

    March 27, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
    • gerald

      Rosa, I posted on the wrong thread. See above.

      March 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  8. Bibletruth

    Those who rant against "organized" religion as not being legitimate or the way God would have it, are obviously not familiar with scripture, old or new testament, as the order, organization, etc. was from God himself. It was God the creator that set up the Old Testament Preisthood, sanctuary, mode of worship, sacrifice, etc...intricate organization..the old testament sancturay is Gods lesson book of the plan of salvation.." Thy way O God is in the sanctuary"......in the new testament, the christian church-again, true christianity- has no seperate priesthood...all believers are priests of God! And our high priest-Jesus-ministers in the heavenly sanctuary. Those who just talk and fight without even basic knowledge may be having fun taunting, etc., but one has to wonder "do these folks actually think they know something when almost everything they say is irrelevant.and error...accept one thing they say is definitely not irrelevant and it seems to be their underlying premise: how could a good God allow all this stuff to go on...and that friends is a good question, and there is only one religion in all the earrth that has a 100% true and satisfactory answer to it...an answer that changes hearts and minds every day. When you seek for truth instead of fantasy (and I am referring to the atheists and agnostics and most who claim to be followers of God)...when you seek for truth with all your heart (not that which will justify your carnal heart, but the truth) then the Lord Jesus, your heavenly high priest,through the Holy Spirit, will lead you into truth, and its by product: love, joy, peace, contentment.

    March 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • Rosa

      I was looking through various threads on these blogs, and I came across something that I found an interesting read. However, I am not sure if the Catholic people believe this or not? It is about the Sisters of Fatima, and letters that were written by them ( all 3 were blood sisters) which they said were visions of things spoken by the Blessed Mother.

      The article says that they tried to warn the Catholic Church, that the devil had entered the popes there, and that it was one of the reasons for the p-e-do-h-ilia issues that were happening in the church.? It also says something about Pope John Paul (I think it was) who did not reveal the contents of the letter as instructed, but put it aside.

      Here is the link. Can some/all Catholics answer, and tell me if this is true or not?

      "My child, they converse of the secret that I gave at Fatima. It is a simple explanation. It could not be fully revealed because of the drastic nature of My message. How I warned and warned that satan would enter into the highest realms of the hierarchy in Rome. The Third Secret, My child, is that satan would enter into My Son's Church." – Our Lady, May 13, 1978


      March 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
    • gerald

      Fatima is an accepted apparition in the Church. It does not say that satan would enter the papacy. There are prophecies about him entering the vatican and there are conspiracy claims regarding certain members of the curia there.

      The Third Secret was revealed as the attempt on JP IIs life. It has nothing to do with the abuse scandal.

      March 28, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • gerald

      By the way your quote is not from Fatima, therefore is a non-approved message. Fatima took place around 1917.

      March 28, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • chief

      re rosa... onlly use what you think is good for your point it and then it will be right.... just read these other apologist posters.

      March 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • gerald

      I looked in to your quote a bit. It looks like it comes from the Bayside apparitions. These are not at all accepted by the Church. Quite the opposite, they fail the tests the Church uses to rule out such apparitions. ONe of the test being any request for money. The visionary in these apparitions was known to have been involved in the o-c-c-u-lt when she was younger. These appartions are suspected of being d-e-m-o-nic at their source.

      March 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  9. Bibletruth

    When religion takes over the state, or when the state is willing to do religions bidding, there can be only one result: coercion and finally persecution unto death for those that resist. This is coming to the United State...unquestionably...and surprise..surprise, those who will be amoung the leaders and calling for death to those who dont go along, will be atheists, agnostics, etc. and certain denominations in particular. When things get bad...I dont know if the intolerable will be security/military issues, or economic issues , or natural disaster issues, or health/disease issues, or enough of 2, or 3, or 4 of these to equal complete catastrophe in one of them, but when it comes and almost everyone is screaming that we have to get back to God, then the deciding issue will come before the people, and their individual choice will be a knowing choice, and the majority will knowingly go against God, thinking that they are doing Gods will...sounds strange, but thats what is coming...may all, when the issues are clear before them, choose God and rightousness..commit the bible to your minds..ask for faithfulness every day...love God...rejoice in God..for He is rightous, all His ways are good and perfect..for the true God of creation, is a God of Love, but who will by no means clear the guilty.

    March 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  10. Newsflash



    Considering 1.5 million Conservative Jews and their rabbis after careful analyses of all the facts, have put Adam and Eve, Abraham, Moses and the horn-blasted walls of Jericho on the myth pile in their New Torah for Modern Minds, they have vitiated all the attempts by the "rednecks" to find archeological evidence of early Judaism. So continue to pay your $3.00/month to the Associates in their futile attempts to find said evidence. It is simply a waste of your money.

    Reality...attempts? That says you did not even read the article. You are making yourself look foolish. THEY, on;y carried the article, they did NOT write it,
    You just don't know what to do with something that proves you wrong, now do you? LOL.

    March 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
    • Reality


      You need to contact the The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States. They might even send you a copy of the New Torah For Modern Minds.

      March 27, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
  11. Rincon Surfer Dude

    Maybe instead of the unification of christianity, Rome should work on the Eunuchfication of Catholocism. More cost effective.

    March 27, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • Frederica

      Catholics and Protestants don't need to unify. Both need to read the Bible, that's all.

      March 27, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
    • Frederica

      @RSD, do you mean all parents and teachers should be made eunuchs?

      March 27, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
    • Sum Dude

      @Rincon Surfer Dude
      Hay Dude! I am about ready to call for mandatory sterilization of every religious believer in the world. Reversible, of course...maybe... 😛

      March 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • gerald

      Non-religious don't molest? ya right.

      March 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  12. Newsflash


    I am surprised at you. I thought you were one athiest here that at least took a look at what is presented, for a reasonable analysis and opinion. Was I wrong?
    Did yo bother to read the article, before you threw out your one liner about the Enquirer?

    This was a article that was FEATURED by Associates for Biblical Research...they did not write it. I suggest you take a look at the evidence submitted, to include graphs, charts, maps, pictures, and the digs?

    March 27, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  13. Frederica

    Catholics can restart well by starting to read the Bible as they should have.

    March 27, 2011 at 8:28 am |
    • gerald


      Are you protestant? Check out the work of Phil Jenkins (a Protestant) before you start pointing fingers. I have read the whole Bible cover to cover and it fits Cathlicism like a glove. It is sad that these priests have brought such grave scandal to the truth.

      March 28, 2011 at 9:45 am |
    • chief

      re geralds... try reading this article instead making wold commetns about people being protesant..... priests abused 470 native americans... and the church is paying them off.... i hope your not here defending ped priests again

      March 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • gerald


      I have not ONCE defended any peophile priest. Read what I said CAREFULLY below. I said they all should have or should be spending time in JAIL. You so love to bear false witness against me. Further you have serious problems with logic. Now go find yourself a track to sleep under. Its after hours and I am sure they have kicked you out of the library. Hope you get a job some day.

      March 28, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
    • gerald

      Hey Cheif did you know that Native Americans are child molesters too and that the health care bill included provisions to rehabilitate native american child moleesters. What are you doing about that? Nothing I'll bet. What are you doing to prevent Native Americans from molesting children chief? Just do a google for native american molesters if you don't believe me.

      March 28, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
    • gerald

      Hey Chief: "Native American women experience the highest rate of violence of any group in the United States.". What are you doing about it chief? Are you covering it up like your tribal leaders and police do?


      March 28, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
    • chief

      re gerald.... hey priest ... yes there are problems there.... even though there are, i think this topic is about priests abusing native americans to the tune of 470 of them.... while what happens with this group is wrong.... they arent wearing little white collars and doing it in Gods name...... and they that are guilty, end up in jail, they donr move them from tribe to tribe.... you shouldnt speak about that you have no idea about,.... yes i do know about priest and those that defend them or divert topics, like you....

      March 29, 2011 at 10:23 am |
    • chief

      re gerald..... your pathetic.... yes there was a bill.... in the 1990 the indians created NACA ... to "promote excellence in child abuse prevention" .... so what there was a bill... wrong to do? dont know.... the tone of you comment was "ah-ha" type but you failed to read the article.... you assume i am native american because of the name and sought out to make a personal attack on indians.... foolish priest .... i guess if they gave the indians money, it still wouldnt pay back the 1,500 treaties broken or the fact that the catholics abused them in the name of God....

      March 29, 2011 at 10:46 am |
    • chief

      re gerald... hey priest, while you were on another google search for badmouthing indians..... try reading the articles you post about.... your article about abused native american indian women.... its a bigger problem than some priest fool googling keywords to attack a group of people to deflect the topic of catholic priests absing native americans.... good try...actually it was lame

      March 29, 2011 at 10:49 am |
    • chief

      re gerald..... try reading sometimes....

      That legacy of abuse and isolation has been cited by Indian leaders as the root cause of epidemic rates of alcoholism and drug addiction on reservations.

      According to this report, from the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 Indian children in Canada were forced to attend state-funded Christian schools in an effort to assimilate them into Canadian society. Nearly three-quarters of the 130 schools were run by Catholic missionary congregations.

      POPE Ratzinger apologised to native Canadians who were physically and abused at church-run boarding schools they were forced to attend. He said he was sorry for their anguish, and was praying they would heal.

      .... go ahead and make something up

      March 29, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • gerald


      I don't badmouth all native americans. Why is it badmouthing all native americans when I only want justice for the ones who abuse women and those who are in tribal law enforcement and sweep the issue under the rug. Why do you not want me bringing this issue up Chief?

      March 29, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • gerald

      Chief, how could the bill I am talking about have been back in 1990.

      "Please explain to me why you voted for a health-care bill that allocates money to fund the rehabilitation of Native American child molesters?"

      Then when you click on the link that shows the bill it says the president signed it on 6/25/10. Not 1990. No my reading and comprehension is fine.

      March 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • chief

      re gerald.... you being a priest and defelcting the facts about how many kids have been abused doesnt compare to what you can say about the indians.... people can look it all up and judge for themselves.... i dont need to to defend them .... however you do....

      March 29, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
    • chief

      re gerald... like a dog turns to its own vomit so does a fool to his folly .... go ahead and talk priest .... we all know what you are

      March 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
    • chief

      re gerald ... hey priest.... i read your comment and its very compelling if it were about priests? next time dont cut and paste my actual words to rebut me.... sorry i used the word rebutt.... i have great lines for you priest but refrain....

      March 29, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • gerald

      More posts by a coward.

      March 30, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • chief

      re gerald... it seems like your about ready for sainthood.... about as much as the pope... i think its a miricle that you can keep defending and supporting an organization that harbors peds, and.... i think its a miricla that you actually believe the things you write.... thats 2 miricles...... saint gerald the deflector has a nice ring to it...

      March 31, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  14. Dana

    Keeping them honest?

    March 26, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  15. Dana

    CNN sure buried this story...........

    March 26, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
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