Catholic Group Forms to Act on Sex Abuse Allegations

By Kurt Rogahn
The Gazette [Iowa City IA]
December 5, 2004

IOWA CITY -- A grass-roots group of Catholics upset with the Davenport Diocese response to allegations of sexual abuse by clergy will hold its second meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Thomas More Parish, 405 Riverside Dr.

Iowa City needs such a group because past sexual abuse by priests in that community "is more extensive than we know," said the Rev. David Hitch of St. Mary's Parish in Tipton, who helped Dorothy Whiston of Iowa City set up the meetings.

Whiston, a former pastoral assistant at St. Thomas More, said she acted after reading a National Catholic Reporter news story in which the Davenport Diocese was branded one of the least responsive in the country to the crisis.

Diocese attorney Rand Wonio said the Iowa City group has not yet made specific demands of the diocese, and so it has no response.


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