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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

To: News Media

From: Bishop William S. Skylstad

Catholic Diocese of Spokane

Re: June 15 ruling by Judge Quackenbush

June 15, 2006

I am grateful for Judge Quackenbush's decision to reverse Judge Patricia Williams' decision last August regarding the ownership of parish property, and to remand the Property of the Estate question to Judge Williams. Judge Quackenbush ruled that Judge Williams erred in holding that parish properties belong to the Bishop of Spokane. Our consistent position has been that the bishop holds the parish properties in trust. By his comments and ruling from the bench, Judge Quackenbush confirmed our position.

I know that many people have been severely damaged by individuals representing the Catholic Church. I again offer my profound apologies to all victims of abuse. I again offer my promise of prayers and support to all victims.

Today's decision by Judge Quackenbush helps foster an atmosphere in which healing and reconciliation can continue to take place. All of us welcome this opportunity.

Both judges have now strongly recommended mediation. We look forward to the mediation scheduled for this summer, as the parties come together in a spirit of cooperation, working toward a speedy resolution of the Diocese of Spokane's Chapter 11 Reorganization. We look forward to achieving a just and fair settlement for victims, as we continue the ministry of the Catholic Church in Eastern Washington

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