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

Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 24, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – No, said Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Perris.

The question was the availability of the Portland Archdiocese’s Perpetual Endowment Fund for payment of sexual abuse claims in settling the archdiocese’s Chapter 11 Reorganization. The judge ruled that the fund was off the table.

The fund, some $36 million, is a charitable trust that can only be used in accordance with the provisions establishing the trust.

“The fund is intended to benefit not only the debtor, but also the community that is served by the religious, charitable, and educational programs of the debtor and the national and international church,” said the judge. “… Therefore, the fund itself is not property of the bankruptcy estate.”

“While this issue may be resolved, the archdiocese continues to work toward a fair, just and equitable resolution of pending claims and the confirmation of a Plan of Reorganization,” said a statement from the archdiocese. “Its goal is to emerge from bankruptcy as soon as possible so that it may continue the mission of the Church – proclaiming the Gospel and performing charitable works – without the distraction of legal proceedings.”

– Catholic Sentinel (Oregon Catholic Press)

Diocese of Boise

JEROME, Idaho — Bishop Michael P. Driscoll of Boise and a group of his priests gathered at the Monastery of the Ascension in Jerome to work on nurturing their personal relationships with one another and to raise common challenges they face. It was the last of three deanery meetings facilitated by Dominic Perri of Chicago, an independent church facilitator for dioceses, religious orders, parishes and Catholic organizations around the country.

– Catholic News Service, Washington D.C.

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