The LA Times reports that while lawyers working for the victims announced the settlement, the Oregon province superior of Society of Jesus Fr John D Whitney (pictured) said there are “still many issues that need to be finalised.”
Fr Whitney added the announcement was "premature and detrimental to the work of healing about which we are all concerned.”
The 12 priests and three lay missionaries accused of sexually abusing Eskimo children in 15 villages from 1961 to 1987 have not had any criminal charges laid against them.
The plethora of allegations led to accusations the Eskimo communities were a dumping ground for abusive priests and lay workers affiliated with the Jesuit order.
Jesuit officials have denied transferring molesting priests to Alaska, saying that it was a prestigious assignment and the "the world's most difficult mission field."
50 million for Alaskan abuse plaintiffs (LA Times, 19/11/07)
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Society of Jesus Oregon Province
Jesuits push law aside in sex abuse u-turn (CathNews, 02/07/03)
Vatican tells US bishops to get over sex abuse (CathNews, 02/04/04)
US Bishops formulate strategy for action on sex abuse (CathNews, 05/02/02)