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Roman Catholic Diocese Of Helena

Nuns seek new mediation of sex abuse claims

Nuns seek new mediation of sex abuse claims

HELENA — Attorneys for an order of nuns plan to ask a judge Thursday for a new round of negotiations to settle claims of child sex abuse by priests and nuns in Montana, a request that comes less than three weeks before the first trial.

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Nuns' request to bring diocese to court denied

HELENA —A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday rejected a request by an order of nuns to bring the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena back into state court to share in any monetary judgment that goes against it in a pair of child sex-abuse lawsuits.

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Catholic Diocese of Helena sets deadline on sex abuse claims

HELENA — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena is giving notice that sex abuse victims have until Aug. 11 to file a claim as part of the diocese’s bankruptcy proceedings. Monday’s notice by the diocese is part of a federal court order. Anyone who was sexually abused by an employee of the dioc…

May 12, 2014 2:18 pmLoading…
Order of nuns asks to bring diocese back to state court

Order of nuns asks to bring diocese back to state court

HELENA — An order of nuns facing child sex abuse lawsuits wants to bring the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena back into state court, saying the diocese should have to pay part of any judgment against the Ursuline Sisters of the Western Province.

April 22, 2014 2:15 pmLoading…

Judge says abuse case against Western Montana nuns can proceed

HELENA — A federal judge ruled that 95 people can pursue sex-abuse claims in state court against an order of nuns during bankruptcy proceedings involving the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena.

March 31, 2014 4:14 pmLoading…

Nuns ask judge to keep lawsuit stay in place

HELENA — An order of nuns being sued by people who claim they were sexually abused as children at the Ursuline Academy in St. Ignatius is asking a federal judge to refuse a request from the victims' attorneys to proceed with their lawsuit in state court.

March 21, 2014 10:18 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: The brave steps ahead

Christians last week marked the beginning of Lent, a time for spiritual reflection and contemplating a broken world in need of salvation.

March 11, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Catholic church will publicly name 50 or more former priests who abused kids in western Montana

HELENA — Most of the 362 sex-abuse victims who sued the Catholic church of western Montana, saying they were abused years ago by priests and nuns, will get monetary damages from a settlement with the church.

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Helena Catholic Diocese’s liabilities are twice its assets

Helena Catholic Diocese’s liabilities are twice its assets

HELENA — The liabilities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena total $33.6 million, or more than twice its assets of slightly more than $16 million, a bankruptcy filing said.

February 11, 2014 6:37 pm Related Loading…
Helena Catholic diocese files for bankruptcy protection

Helena Catholic diocese files for bankruptcy protection

HELENA — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena filed for bankruptcy protection Friday as part of a proposed $15 million settlement for hundreds of victims who say clergy members sexually abused them over decades while the church covered it up.

January 31, 2014 2:00 pm Photos

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Helena diocese dropping group insurance plans

HELENA — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena is dropping group health insurance plans for its 200 employees in parishes, schools and social services across western Montana, a spokesman for the diocese said.

November 14, 2013 12:36 pmLoading…

First trials planned in Catholic sex-abuse cases

HELENA — Attempts to settle allegations that hundreds of Montanans were sexually abused as children by Roman Catholic clergy have been stymied by challenges from the church’s insurers over which claims they are obligated to cover.

July 24, 2013 2:50 pmLoading…
Attorney hopes new pope means new victim approach

Attorney hopes new pope means new victim approach

HELENA — An attorney representing dozens of Native Americans in one of two sex-abuse lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena said he hopes a new pope will mean a new approach by the church in dealing with victims.

March 15, 2013 11:06 am Photos

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Mediation in church abuse lawsuits set for April

HELENA — Attorneys for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena, an order of nuns and hundreds of alleged sex-abuse victims said Tuesday they will try to hammer out a settlement during a mediation conference in April.

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Church abuse lawsuit negotiations hit snag

HELENA — Settlement negotiations between hundreds of alleged sex abuse victims and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena may have hit a snag with the church's insurers refusing to cover the claims.

November 20, 2012 12:02 pmLoading…

Insurance company sues Helena Diocese

HELENA — An insurance company has filed a federal lawsuit against the Helena-based Catholic Diocese of Montana, saying that the church is trying to make it cover some of the costs associated with defending former nuns and priests accused of child abuse in the 1930s through the 1970s.

July 29, 2012 11:42 amLoading…

18 more plaintiffs join sex abuse lawsuit against Helena diocese

One of two major sex abuse lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena grew Tuesday with the addition of 18 plaintiffs, bringing the total to 76 alleged victims in that case.

May 02, 2012 7:40 amLoading…

Diocese of Helena, alleged abuse victims head to mediation

HELENA - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena has pledged to open its books and attempt to use a mediator to settle claims that priests and nuns sexually abused about 250 people as children in western Montana.

March 19, 2012 3:14 pmLoading…

More plaintiffs added to Helena church sex abuse lawsuit

HELENA — Forty-four new plaintiffs have been added to a lawsuit alleging the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena is responsible for the sexual abuse they say they suffered as children.

October 26, 2011 5:25 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Helena Diocese responds to child abuse lawsuits

On Sept. 21, local reporters informed the Diocese of Helena that a press conference had taken place at a Helena motel. The main focus was allegations of child abuse, said to have taken place decades ago mostly at the historic mission school in St. Ignatius, staffed by the Oregon Province of …

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