Sex Scandal Has Diocese Talking Bankruptcy

WHBF [Davenport IA]
Downloaded Oktober 12, 2004

When worshipers walked out of Sunday morning Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, they found that someone left messages on their car windows.

Members of the Catholic Church For Spiritual Healing spent the morning placing flyers on windshields hoping to educate people about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The flyer also talks about the Davenport Diocese plans to file for bankruptcy.

"Generally I don't like this form of advertisement," says Catholic, Greg Vens, "but this is a pretty serious issue and I think it's something that need to be discussed."

The Catholic Church For Spiritual Healing says this display is not an attack on their beliefs.

"We're all active members of the Catholic Church," says Ann Green as she passes out flyers. "We love the Catholic Church and we are looking for change and that's what this is about, this is not about our religion."

Friends and family of some victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priest say they have a right to be heard and informed.

"The decisions made need to involve us," says Catholic Mary Sundeen, "it affects us."

Members of Our Lady of Lourdes say this abuse scandal and the bankruptcy prospect will hurt the Quad City Catholic community. Hearings for some of the abuse cases against clergy from the Davenport Diocese will begin this November.


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