January 26, 2006

Diocese hit with another suit

Quad-City Times

By Thomas Geyer

Another lawsuit was filed Wednesday against the Catholic Diocese of Davenport claiming that a now deceased monsignor sexually abused a 10-year-old boy while he was assigned to Sacred Heart Cathedral in the 1960s.

Filed in Scott County District Court by Donald Kloss, the lawsuit also alleges that Msgr. Thomas Feeney was promoted to vicar general, or second in command, of the diocese despite the fact that the diocese then under the Most Rev. Gerald O’Keefe knew about the abuse allegations.

In his lawsuit, Kloss alleges that the abuse began in 1967 when he was 10 years old and was attending Sacred Heart where Feeney was pastor.

Kloss is requesting an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages.

It is the second lawsuit filed against the diocese specifically naming Feeney.

Posted by kshaw at January 26, 2006 08:52 AM