Davenport diocese files bankruptcy report

June 9, 2009

By Gregg Hennigan

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport says it is in compliance with all of the nonmonetary terms of its bankruptcy settlement, but an attorney for clergy abuse victims wants the diocese to do more.

U.S. bankruptcy Judge Lee Jackwig, in approving the diocese’s $37 million settlement last year, required the diocese to file at least three annual reports on its progress in implementing 17 nonmonetary terms. The diocese this month filed the first report.

The terms include the release of the names of all perpetrators of sexual abuse, an apology from Bishop Martin Amos to the victims, and other acts of reconciliation. The diocese said it has finished each one except Amos must still hold atonement services at seven of the 54 parishes where abuse occurred. He has another year to complete those, but he will visit the remaining parishes this month, according to the report.

“We believe that we have complied with the court’s requirements in fact and in spirit,” diocese attorney Richard Davidson said.

Craig Levien, a Davenport attorney who represents about half of the more than 150 abuse victims who filed claims in the bankruptcy case, said he saw the agreement as the minimum the diocese should do and wants it to provide more information.

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