Local Jesuit Priest Sued by Children for Unpaid Child Support

February 16, 2007

Spokane, Wash. - The children of 83-year-old Father James Jacobson, a retired Jesuit priest living at the Regis House on the Gonzaga campus, are suing him for almost $600,000 in unpaid child support.

Attorneys are also suing the Oregon Province of Jesuits which employed Father Jacobson. The suit alledges the Jesuits knew "Jacobson repeatedly violated his vow of celibacy" and that they "ignored or condoned this wrongful behavior."

Lawyers say because Father Jacobson took a vow of poverty, he can't pay. However Father Jacobson spent his last 25 years of service as a prison chaplain in Oregon, where officials say he made nearly one million dollars. KHQ tried talking to Jacobson Thursday after his deposition but he refused.

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