Village Carries Faith, Despite Past Priest Abuse

This week the embattled Society of Jesus Oregon Province emerged from chapter 11 Bankruptcy.  The Province oversees Jesuit activities in five states, and under their watch  hundreds of children were sexually abused by priests and volunteers.  Nowhere have more victims come forward that in Western Alaska. The Yup’ik Eskimo community of Emmonak was hard hit by the abuse. Court documents detail decades of clerical abuse there, mostly in the 1960s and 70s. Despite the pain that was inflicted there years ago, many in the community still embrace the catholic faith.

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Shane Iverson is a reporter at KYUK in Bethel.

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