Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Diocesan attorneys withdraw request for limited protective order

the Inland Register

(From the Sept. 11, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Citing the need to stay focused on the needs of victims, Bishop William S. Skylstad authorized diocesan attorneys to withdraw the request for a limited protective order that, in the view of some media, could have potentially kept some information from the public regarding litigation in some abuse cases in Spokane County.

“Our attorneys want to protect innocent third parties from irrelevant inquiries, said Bishop Skylstad in a statement released to area news media Sept. 5. “Nevertheless, I felt that intervention by the Spokesman-Review and KREM-TV signaled that this request was misunderstood. The situation could turn into a diverting media circus and clearly could lead to a delay in resolving claims, which would be in no one’s interests, least of all the victims’,” the bishop said.

“According to some media reports, this request for a limited protective order casts doubt on my commitment to transparency. I want it clearly understood: I am dedicated to helping victims heal. I am dedicated to preventing future instances of abuse. I want no one to doubt my commitment to openness and complete transparency.

“We will do all we can to resolve fairly and equitably legitimate claims against former diocesan priests who abused their trust and committed crimes abhorrent to all, for which I have apologized numerous times,” said Bishop Skylstad.

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