January 19, 2005

Diocese divulges new cases

Quad-City Times

By Todd Ruger

A new report issued Tuesday by the Catholic Diocese of Davenport states that 96 people have made 108 allegations that 25 members of the clergy sexually abused them as children.

The latest figures reflect 48 new allegations of decades-old abuse by 41 people since February, when the diocese first reported on all accusations since 1950 in its internal review of personnel files while facing mounting pressure from sexual abuse lawsuits.

The seven-page summary of investigations, settlements and updates on requests to defrock priests is the first such information released by the diocese since it paid $9 million to settle 37 civil claims in October.

Tuesday’s report by Bishop William Franklin identified only one priest not previously named by the diocese or in lawsuits. The diocese paid $20,000 in October to settle an allegation against the Rev. Lawrence Soens, the retired bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City.

Posted by kshaw at January 19, 2005 08:12 AM