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Gonzaga to create commission on priest sex abuse

The Cardinal Bea House on Gonzaga's campus, where priests accused of sexual abuse were sent to live out their retirement years.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga University in Spokane will create a commission to study the Jesuit school’s handling of the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.

Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh announced the commission on Monday.

McCulloh noted recent revelations that have thrust the crisis back into the news.

The Spokesman-Review says McCulloh is seeking application letters from those who want to join the commission.

He says the commission will meet through the summer and fall, with recommendations by the end of the fall semester.

Gonzaga faced scrutiny in December after a news story called attention to Cardinal Bea House, a Jesuit-owned building on campus where priests were sent to retire after credible allegations of sexual abuse.

The last of those priests was moved to a Jesuit compound in Los Gatos, California, in 2016.

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