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    Post Oregon Province Practices Ensnared Gonzaga / Resignations Follow

    http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...e-on-gonzagas/

    Article in the Settle Times and Spokesman Review this morning re: the Oregon Province's practice of parking their predatory priests at Cardinal Bea House. . .

    For more than three decades, Cardinal Bea House near 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, an investigation by the Northwest News Network and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting has found.

    Internal Jesuit correspondence shows a longstanding pattern of Jesuit officials in what was then the Oregon Province – an administrative area that included Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Alaska – privately acknowledging issues of inappropriate sexual behavior, but not releasing that information to the public, which avoided scandal and protected the perpetrators from prosecution.

    When abuse was discovered, the priests would be reassigned, sometimes to another Native community.

    Once the abusive priests reached retirement age, the Jesuits moved them to Cardinal Bea House near Gonzaga’s campus or another Jesuit residence to comfortably spend the rest of their lives in relative peace and safety. The university administration did not respond to requests for an interview.
    http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...ponds-to-repo/

    Perhaps the most troubling revelations involve the Rev. Frank Case, a prominent Jesuit who is currently the vice president of Gonzaga and chaplain for the school’s nationally ranked men’s basketball team.

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    I received this email from Thayne this morning:


    Dear alumni, parents and friends:


    I write today in light of a recent investigative report entitled, "Sins of the Fathers." The account first focused on the horrifying, predatory sexual abuse of Alaska Native girls and women by James Poole, a Jesuit priest who worked at that time in Nome, Alaska; and then examined the ways in which the leadership of the Society of Jesus knowingly re-assigned men such as Poole – as well as numerous other men credibly accused of sexual abuse – to other locations within the Oregon Province, and sometimes to locations where they were againcredibly accused of abusing children, women and men, and vulnerable adults. Through her research, the reporter further found that many men who were accused of sexual abuse were in their later years assigned to the retirement facility and Infirmary for the Oregon Province, Cardinal Bea House, located just west of St. Aloysius Church.


    Listening to this broadcast and reading these accounts is deeply disturbing and elicits for me feelings of sadness, disgust and betrayal that I know must be shared by all of you as well. I feel so much sadness and anger for the women, men and children who were victimized by Poole and others, and all those who have been sexually assaulted by ordained priests who abused their power and privilege. I, together with fellow colleagues and friends of the University, were deeply wounded by the revelations of the sexual abuse of children, men, and women by Jesuits of the Oregon Province that were at the heart of the Province bankruptcy (filed in 2009, with a settlement reached in March 2011).


    Those wounds for me were re-opened this weekend, at the revelation that the Society of Jesus had knowingly sent a man with Poole's record of sexual abuse to live in their facility within the parameters of our campus – which serves not only as the home of college students, but regularly hosts grade-school children and visitors of all ages – without notification by the Province to the University. Cardinal Bea House is owned and operated by the Jesuits West Province (i.e., not Gonzaga University). It has served both as a center for formation of Jesuit novices and as a residence for retired Jesuits (until the present). The Province determines the assignment of its Jesuits to its communities, such as Cardinal Bea House.


    It is important for me to share with you, that in the years following the 2011 Oregon Province bankruptcy, I learned that there had been priests under supervised "safety plans" living at the Jesuit retirement community (Bea House). It was not until 2016, when the Province chose to begin relocating a number of retired men to the Sacred Heart Community in Los Gatos, that I learned that among them were Jesuits who had been on safety plans (and were moved). The first notification I had that Fr. James Poole lived at Bea House was when the US Jesuits West list was released on December 7th, 2018; I did not know of Fr. Poole, or his history in Alaska, until the investigative report aired this past weekend. Following the lessons learned out of the bankruptcy, I had relied upon the Province to inform us of any Jesuit whose history might pose a threat to our students or campus community. I deeply regret that I was not informed of the presence of Fr. Poole, nor any other Jesuits who might pose such a danger, at Cardinal Bea House.


    We are committed to being a community that strives to respect, protect and support every individual. As such, the safety of our students, staff and visitors to the Gonzaga campus is our top priority, and the University has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct of any form. Gonzaga has measures in place to allow for confidential reporting of misconduct to the proper authorities at www.gonzaga.edu/report. It is University policy to cooperate fully with any and all investigations of abuse and to take swift action when warranted.


    Please know our Center for Cura Personalis, Health and Counseling Services, and Office of Mission and Ministry are resources dedicated to helping our students work through complex issues such as this. For employees struggling with these same feelings, the free, confidential Employee Assistance Program is available. Further, I encourage anyone who has been victimized by a Jesuit to contact both Mary Pat Panighetti, advocacy coordinator for Jesuits West, at 408-893-8398 or mppanighetti@jesuits.org, and appropriate law enforcement and child protective agencies.


    Earlier this fall, I communicated Gonzaga University's commitments to our students and community. This message also appears in the current edition of the Gonzaga Magazine, arriving in homes this week.


    Fully repairing the pain of abuse may never be possible, but we must be and remain committed to continuously love, support and care for those who have been victimized, and resolve to seek justice with and for them.

    Sincerely,


    Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil.
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    No chatter on this? I read the lengthy article in the Seattle Times today. It mentioned at least twice no one from Gonzaga was willing to make a comment. It's uncertain who knew what, but this has to be considered a tremendous black eye for the university.

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    Quote Originally Posted by former1dog View Post
    I received this email from Thayne this morning:
    The time stamp in my in box for the same email was 2:11 am. . .the spin department was working late.


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    Really bad look for the University and for the President. First things first though they need to get rid of Frank Case and keep him as far from the basketball program as humanly possible.


    “(Poole) is a Jesuit priest in very good standing, and it is my strong expectation that he will serve in such a ministry in a manner that is both generous and effective,” Case wrote. Poole got the job, working at the hospital until 2003."

    "One Alaska Native woman says he impregnated her when she was 16, then forced her to get an abortion and blame her father for raping her. Her father went to prison."
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    Case isn't at the end of the bench tonight. I think his time as a face of Gonzaga is over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RenoZag View Post
    Case isn't at the end of the bench tonight. I think his time as a face of Gonzaga is over.
    I don't want Case anywhere around the program ever again and quite honestly I don't want any other Priest sitting on the side of the bench with the team. I'm not even sure I want a nun associated with the basketball team because you can't have faith in any of them potentially damaging the basketball program, unfortunately. Sadly, EVERY SINGLE Priest on campus knew about these deviants and did nothing about it or worse enabled it. You want to see a Priest go to the Church but keep them away from Gonzaga and the basketball program unless they where street clothes. Just the way I feel after reading this last article.

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    Such a tragedy on every level. I hate that GU is tangled up in this. Some people who I really liked and respected during my time at Gonzaga are part of this too, which sucks on a personal level.


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    On one hand the administration purports that allowing certain conservatives to speak on campus constitutes a risk to the student body, on the other hand they knowingly and quietly housed multiple sexual predators on campus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alum08 View Post
    On one hand the administration purports that allowing certain conservatives to speak on campus constitutes a risk to the student body, on the other hand they knowingly and quietly housed multiple sexual predators on campus.
    To be very clear, this is not an administration thing, it's a Jesuit thing. The Jesuit Order not involved in the administration of Gonzaga, except in the cases of individual Jesuits who may have been hired for specific positions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by webspinnre View Post
    To be very clear, this is not an administration thing, it's a Jesuit thing. The Jesuit Order not involved in the administration of Gonzaga, except in the cases of individual Jesuits who may have been hired for specific positions.
    I know that's the official stance, but I find it very, very difficult to believe. There is no way that the University-affiliated priests did not know what was taking place. Fr. Gary Uhlenkott was handled using the exact same protocol as Fr. Poole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alum08 View Post
    I know that's the official stance, but I find it very, very difficult to believe. There is no way that the University-affiliated priests did not know what was taking place. Fr. Gary Uhlenkott was handled using the exact same protocol as Fr. Poole.
    I'm just saying that there's a difference between University-affiliated priests and the University administration itself. I'm skeptical about Fr. Case's claim that he didn't know. I'm much less skeptical about Thayne McCulloh not being told/not knowing. It's also important to note that even when Fr. Spitzer was the President of Gonzaga, he was under the authority of both the Jesuit Provincial and the superior there at Jesuit House. He ran the University, but had no authority whatsoever within the Order itself, except over those who were employed by Gonzaga.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alum08 View Post
    I know that's the official stance, but I find it very, very difficult to believe. There is no way that the University-affiliated priests did not know what was taking place. Fr. Gary Uhlenkott was handled using the exact same protocol as Fr. Poole.
    What exactly are you talking about? Fr. Poole wasn't an employee of Gonzaga University was he? Was he not a priest that was moved into Bea House based on the unfortunate policy of the Oregon Provence?

    Fr. Uhlenkott on the other hand was an academic employed by Gonzaga who was very publicly arrested and prosecuted. Did the Oregon Provence subsequently move him into the Jesuit retirement home, I didn't hear about that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by former1dog View Post
    What exactly are you talking about? Fr. Poole wasn't an employee of Gonzaga University was he? Was he not a priest that was moved into Bea House based on the unfortunate policy of the Oregon Provence?

    Fr. Uhlenkott on the other hand was an academic employed by Gonzaga who was very publicly arrested and prosecuted. Did the Oregon Provence subsequently move him into the Jesuit retirement home, I didn't hear about that?
    They sent them both to the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alum08 View Post
    On one hand the administration purports that allowing certain conservatives to speak on campus constitutes a risk to the student body, on the other hand they knowingly and quietly housed multiple sexual predators on campus.
    And on another hand, the religion in general seems to think they have some kind of moral superiority.
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    Default Two Top Gonzaga Officials Resign After Sexual Misconduct Report

    Mens b-ball related because one of those in question is men’s basketball chaplain Rev. Frank Case. who has resigned. I'd say shocking but we know this history of this type of stuff within the church. Sad.


    https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle...clergy-report/

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    Sexual misconduct has been a mainstay in the catholic church for it's entire history. Why anyone would think that Gonzaga would be any different is beyond me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hockeyzag View Post
    Sexual misconduct has been a mainstay in the catholic church for it's entire history. Why anyone would think that Gonzaga would be any different is beyond me.
    Surprising part was it was someone associated with the mens BB program! Was this guy at the end of the bench?

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    http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...a-following-r/

    The 80-year-old Case had been a vice president at Gonzaga since 2011, though he was perhaps better known for his other role as chaplain to the school’s nationally ranked men’s basketball team. He was a fixture at Bulldogs games at home and on the road, with a reserved seat at the end of the team’s courtside bench.

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    This is inappropriate for this basketball board. Case never had charges against him. He place a deviant he didn’t know about in a retirement home . The man died. Cmon mods this is far from where this crap should be. Only very remote to basketball. Deep six it or move it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDABE80 View Post
    This is inappropriate for this basketball board. Case never had charges against him. He place a deviant he didn’t know about in a retirement home . The man died. Cmon mods this is far from where this crap should be. Only very remote to basketball. Deep six it or move it!
    Don't worry, you'll likely get your wish as I know anything slightly controversial on here is censored quickly. But it is basketball related, this dude was part of the mens basketball program. You seem to know a bit about the case but frame it a bit differently than what i'm seeing from the Seattle Times and daily beast articles. You wanting to bury it only carries on what got us here really...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saxon_zag View Post
    Don't worry, you'll likely get your wish as I know anything slightly controversial on here is censored quickly. But it is basketball related, this dude was part of the mens basketball program. You seem to know a bit about the case but frame it a bit differently than what i'm seeing from the Seattle Times and daily beast articles. You wanting to bury it only carries on what got us here really...
    No. That’s the point: it’s nothing to do with men’s basketball.

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    Sad occurrence; appropriate response. Break the story yourself. Handled well.

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    Out! Nothing to do with our basketball at Gonzaga. So what if an administrator sat on the end of the bench? Your post is a sideswipe is just wrong. Many of us in this board know Case did nothing wrong. Even if he did, it’s got nothing to do with basketball.glad it’s moved!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDABE80 View Post
    Out! Nothing to do with our basketball at Gonzaga. So what if an administrator sat on the end of the bench? Your post is a sideswipe is just wrong. Many of us in this board know Case did nothing wrong. Even if he did, it’s got nothing to do with basketball.glad it’s moved!
    At least you admit you have personal relations to the case therefore we know you couldn't possibly be unbiased. Used his position and the cover of the church to hide sexual predators away at the Cardinal Bea house. Great guy otherwise though I am sure.

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