November 10, 2005

Denver priest named Iowa bishop

Denver Post

By Eric Gorski
Denver Post Staff Writer

A longtime Denver priest was named today as the new bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Sioux City, Iowa, the latest in a series of prelates from the northern Colorado diocese to be promoted to a leadership position elsewhere.

Pope Benedict XVI announced the appointment of Monsignor R. Walker Nickless, a 58-year-old Denver native who has served as a priest here for 27 years.

"In addition to the immediate sensation of humility, I consider it a great honor to work with the clergy and people of the Diocese of Sioux City, and I look forward to it," Nickless said in a statement. "I want to be a good pastor, father and shepherd." ...

As Denver's vicar for clergy in the 1990s, Nickless was the archdiocese's point person for dealing with child sexual abuse allegations, including responding to accusers of Harold Robert White. Since allegations against White first arose in July, the archdiocese has faced 10 lawsuits alleging that it did not protect victims from White.

Posted by kshaw at November 10, 2005 05:01 PM