July 30, 2005

Diocese, late priest sued over sexual misconduct

Quad-City Times

By Times staff

The Catholic Diocese of Davenport announced Friday that it is a defendant in a sexual misconduct lawsuit filed against a priest who died 24 years ago this week.

The lawsuit was filed in Scott County District Court by D. Michl Uhde, and it lists Monsignor Thomas Feeney as a defendant along with the diocese. The suit alleges instances of sexual misconduct that occurred more than 48 years ago.

Further details about the case were unavailable Friday night.

A spokesman for the diocese said officials are reviewing the complaint they received Monday.

Feeney died July 27, 1981, having retired earlier that year. The priest began his career when he was assigned to the faculty of what is now St. Ambrose University in 1937. He served as chaplain of Mercy Hospital, Davenport from 1942 to 1948 and 1953 to 1963, as pastor of Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport, from 1953 to 1968 and as pastor of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Davenport, from 1968 to 1981.

Posted by kshaw at July 30, 2005 08:40 AM