In reference to the recent developments regarding the Northwest Jesuits bankruptcy filing, Kelly Clark, Portland attorney who represents a number of clients who were abused by priests and nuns of the Catholic Church, has released this statement on the filing of the bankruptcy on Tuesday by the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus.
"We have expected this bankruptcy filing for some time now. We know that the Oregon Province– which covers Alaska, as well as Oregon,
"We also know from various court cases and depositions in those cases that the Province often sent troubled or abusive priests from place to place, especially to
"My clients would say this to anyone who would blame them for the Jesuits’ financial trouble: ‘The Jesuits should look in the mirror; they have no one to blame for their predicament but themselves. What the Jesuits are seeing is simply the consequences of their own actions.’ "
Stay tuned for further developments and a possible public statement and press conference on Wednesday or Thursday, from one or more of attorney Clark’s clients who were abused by Frs. Poole and Duffy.
For More Information, contact Kelly Clark at 503.306.0224 or at firstname.lastname@example.org