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280 plaintiffs allege abuse in Montana diocese

August 08, 2012

Alleging clerical abuse dating back to the 1930s, nearly 300 plaintiffs have joined in a lawsuit against the Diocese of Helena. Many are Native Americans who allege they were abused by priests in schools or orphanages.

26 priests have been named in the lawsuit.

“We are working with the plaintiffs’ attorneys in an attempt to find a negotiated resolution to avoid costly and destructive litigation,” said Bishop George Thomas. “Words cannot adequately express our sorrow or convey the depth of our apology.”


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