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Gonzaga Prep President responds to list of Jesuit clergy members accused of sexual abuse

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Gonzaga Prep President responds to list of Jesuit clergy members accused of sexual abuse

Changes are coming to gonzaga prep-- a former priest will likely have his named stripped from a building at the school over child abuse charges.

And the fallout doesn't stop there-- gonzaga university is now saying it's looking into making changes as well.

Our hawk hammer is working for you tonight with more information about this story... and, hawk, a lot of talk about change tonight jesuits west province.... which oversees jesuits priests in idaho, washington, and six other states... according to internal correspondence they knew that reverend james poole, was a sexual predator.... and still transferred him from alaska.... to retire on gonzaga's campus.... the current adminstration claims they didn't know, though-- and want to make sure that doesn't happen again.

According to a new report from the center of investigative reporting.... this building, the cardinal bea house on the gonzaga campus was where more than 20 jesuit priests accused of sexual misconduct were sent to retire.... contained, with safety plans to not allow them contact with students.

But some, according to that report... like poole, still did, going to the library, basketball games and meeting with students.

According to a just released statement from the university president thayne mcculough.he says he personally did not know poole's history and the allegations against him until this weekend.... saying he regretted not being informed that poole or any other jesuits might have posed a danger to the school's students when they were sent to live at the cardinal bea house.

Gfx ...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.poole lived at the cardinal bea house from 2003 until 2015, mcculloh began serving as the unviersity's president in 2009.

At gonzaga prep.... leaders of the institution say of a child is the opposite of the school's mission and they are more than a dozen clergy of child abuse served at the one particular.... father john served nearly 50 years, had a after him in a statement to school's president says from public recognition the names of any jesuits who are associated with abuse.

But they also say the list contains errors.they say one of the allegations against father john hurley was improperly made against him, when it was really about father "james" hurley.they are waiting for further clarification before taking the action of stripping his name from a school building.

Gfxthe school is aware of an instance of misidentification regarding the fr.

John hurley.

Specifically, the abuse against a minor that was occurred in the late 1950's has been found to be actually against fr.

James hurley, and we understand that this removed from fr.

John hurley's name.

The province the list that was released may contain errors and/or omissions, commissioned a thorough review of its files.

School its board of directors are awaiting further 3 3 the cardinal bea house at gonzaga is not home to any accused priests.

The jesuit organization made the decision to move them to sacred heart jesuit center, a more isolated location, in los gatos california.

Poole, and many of the listed priests with ties to spokane have passed away.

For more information and to read the full statements go to kxly




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