- May 28, 2020
An independent review has found credible accusations of past sexual misconduct against seven clergy members of an Alaska Catholic diocese, including a former priest who died in a July plane crash and another priest who was placed on administrative leave in recent months, church officials said Thursday.
The $444 million cut from Alaska’s $8.3-billion state operating budget that took effect July 1 is having “a direct negative impact on the most poor and vulnerable in our state,” said Alaska’s Catholic bishops.
A Satanic Temple member who won the right to open a regional Alaska government meeting declared “Hail Satan” during her first invocation, prompting about a dozen officials and attendees to walk out.
For more than three decades, Cardinal Bea House on Gonzaga’s campus served as a retirement repository for at least 20 Jesuit priests accused of sexual misconduct that predominantly took place in small, isolated Alaska Native villages and on Indian reservations across the Northwest.
The Catholic archbishop of Alaska’s largest city announced Wednesday he has ordered an independent review of all sexual misconduct allegations involving priests and others associated with the Church going back five decades.
Bishop Edward J. Burns of Juneau, Alaska, has announced that a popular shrine of St. Therese of Lisieux since 1941, located about 23 miles north of Juneau along Glacier Highway, has been designated a national shrine by the U.S. bishops.