February 24, 2006

Accused priest sues aid society

Quad-City Times

By Dustin Lemmon |

A retired Davenport priest named in several lawsuits for allegedly sexually abusing young boys has filed a suit of his own against the Priests’ Aid Society of the Diocese of Davenport.

The Rev. Francis Bass filed the suit in Scott County District Court this week claiming the Priests’ Aid Society is responsible for paying his medical and dental expenses. The society provides aid to retired priests.

According to the lawsuit, the society told Bass that he was no longer a member and that it no longer would pay his Medicare supplemental insurance on Sept. 28, 2004. In the suit, Bass claims he has paid more than $10,000 out-of-pocket since Oct. 31, 2004.

The lawsuit claims there is nothing in the society’s bylaws that allow it to forfeit his benefits.

Bass, 83, of Davenport, retired from the priesthood in 1990 and paid dues to the society annually. He had been a member of the society since 1968.

Posted by kshaw at February 24, 2006 07:08 PM