Priests to Update Parishioners on Sex Abuse Cases

The Associated Press, carried in KTVA [Alaska]
February 12, 2006

Priests in the Fairbanks Catholic Diocese plan to read a letter to parishioners today about the status of multiple sexual abuse cases pending against the Diocese.

The letter was written by Bishop Donald Kettler, the head of the diocese.

The first trial is scheduled to be held in two weeks. It would be the first of more than 90 civil lawsuits filed against the diocese in the past two years brought to court.

Twelve Jesuit priests and two volunteers who served in the diocese from the 1950s through the 1980s face claims of sexual abuse.

Kettler says he has been seeking the advice of legal, ethical and financial counselors. He says the negative publicity that has accompanied the lawsuits has not hurt people's economic or spiritual support of churches in the area.


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