Tuesday, October 25, 2005


Society of Jesus settles three molestation lawsuits

CHICAGO - Leaders of the Society of Jesus say the religious order has settled three lawsuits with plaintiffs who say they were molested by priests while attending Jesuit schools in the Chicago area more than 30 years ago.

Two of the lawsuits alleged that the Reverend John Powell, a retired Loyola University professor, sexually abused seven women in the 1960s and early 1970s. The order says six of the seven women settled in the past month.

The third case settled in the past month involves allegeations by a 57-year-old man that the late Reverend Wilton Skeffington, a former teacher at Loyola Academy, repeatedly abused him while he was an upperclassman at the Jesuit school.

See also, the never-ending chronicle of church-related crime.

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