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January 16, 2009 4:33 PM

Lawsuit against Seattle University president

Posted by Kate Riley

Tainting a good name

I deeply object to the term "dumping ground" being used in a recent civil lawsuit to describe the remote Alaskan missions served by the Jesuits and the intentions of the Jesuit leadership.

The term besmirches generations of amazing, selfless priests who, in harsh conditions and at great personal cost including their lives, brought protection, dignity and education, as well as spiritual care to an often denigrated people.

As someone whose grounding in life is a result of the Jesuit commitment to Alaska, I admire and am grateful for their historic and ongoing great work in the Great Land. I am sickened that a very few bad priests violated the trust of innocent people; may justice be served and may those lives be healed to a new and better wholeness.

And, may the lives of all those Jesuits and other religious people who anonymously gave all for the good of others and the love of God, be honored and respected.

-- Gail Hawley, Redmond

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