Jesuits pay 500 mostly American Indian child victims of horrific sexual abuse at religious mission schools.

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"This settlement recognises that the Jesuits betrayed the trust of hundreds of young children in their care, and inflicted terrible atrocities upon them," said Blaine Tamaki, a lawyer for the order. "These religious figures should have been responsible for protecting children, but instead raped and molested them," he said. Read more:

Jesuits pay $166m compensation to sexual abuse victims

A US Jesuit order has agreed to pay $166 million to compensate some 500 mostly American Indian child victims of ‘horrific’ sexual abuse at religious mission schools.

Thirty-eight of the claims involve sexual abuse by Father Morse, who now lives in a retirement home financed by the Jesuits

The US Northwest chapter of the Rome-based Society of Jesus agreed to the payout, which lawyers said is the biggest by a religious organisation in the United States, as part of bankruptcy proceedings.

Most of those abused by members of the Oregon Province - the Jesuit order covering the states of Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana - were at mission schools on Indian reservations, from the 1940s through to the 1990s.

"This settlement recognises that the Jesuits betrayed the trust of hundreds of young children in their care, and inflicted terrible atrocities upon them," said Blaine Tamaki, a lawyer for the order.

"These religious figures should have been responsible for protecting children, but instead raped and molested them," he said.

Patrick Lee, head of the Oregon Province, declined to confirm details of the settlement.

"Due to the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province's current Chapter 11 bankruptcy status, as well as out of respect for the judicial process and all involved, we will not comment on today's announcement," Lee said.

"The province continues to work with the creditors committee to conclude the bankruptcy process as promptly as possible," he added in a statement.

 

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