January 26, 2006

Davenport diocese faces another sexual abuse lawsuit


DAVENPORT, Iowa Another lawsuit claiming sexual abuse by a priest has been filed against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport.

The latest lawsuit filed in Scott County District Court names Monsignor Thomas Feeney, who died in 1981.

It claims Feeney sexually abused a ten-year-old boy while he was pastor of the Sacred Heart Cathedral in the 1960s. It's the second lawsuit filed against the diocese specifically naming Feeney.

Craig Levien, who is representing victims in both lawsuits, says the diocese acted irresponsibly by appointing Feeney to vicar general, or second in command, after hearing of sexual abuse complaints.

Posted by kshaw at January 26, 2006 08:17 AM