May 19, 2005

No. 2 priest wants his job back

Quad-City Times

By Todd Ruger

The second-ranking priest in the Catholic Diocese of Davenport — on leave pending the resolution of a civil lawsuit alleging that he sexually abused a minor in the 1970s — wants to continue working for the diocese now that the lawsuit has been settled, his attorney said.

Monsignor Drake Shafer, the diocese’s vicar general, never has done anything but deny the allegation by a West Burlington, Iowa, man identified in court records only as “John Doe,” the only allegation in his 30 years as a priest, attorney Peter Fieweger said Tuesday.

“He is going to do everything in his power to get back into his full priestly functions,” Fieweger said the day after he received paperwork that the case is officially dismissed.

The diocese said its Review Board will look at the allegation against Shafer when it receives final word on the lawsuit’s resolution.

Posted by kshaw at May 19, 2005 04:29 AM