The sexual abuse scandal in Davenport diocese is a significant episode in the series of Catholic sex abuse cases in the United States and Ireland.
Allegations against Bishop Soens
The decision was driven by many claims which focused on Bishop Lawrence Soens, who was accused of fondling as many as 15 students during his tenure as priest and principal at Regina Catholic High School in Iowa City during the 1960s. Soens denies the allegations.
One claim was settled for $20K in 2004. Two more suits were pending in May 2006. Seven more suits were filed in May 2006. One new suit with 13 plaintiffs was filed in August 2006 alleging abuse from 1959–1967. A judge discharged one suit in October 2006. Recently, Bishop Soens was the first United States Roman Catholic Bishop to be named as being the object of 'credible' sexual abuse charges.
Filing for bankruptcy
Recovery under bishop Amos
Since taking office, bishop Martin John Amos has had to deal with the fallout from the sexual abuse scandal that had engulfed the Church. Two days before he assumed office, the Diocese of Davenport filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.