Diocese Fact-Finding Hearing under Way

Gazette [Davenport IA]
November 8, 2006

The attorney for alleged clergy sexual abuse victim of the Roman Catholic diocese of Davenport dug for information Wednesday at a meeting on the financial state of the diocese that could be used to link parish property to the diocese.

The question by Craig Levien who represents 25 alledged sexual abuse victims were part of a creditors meeting held in the federal Courthouse in Davenport.

The hour and 40-minute meeting, which was not a court proceeding, was meant to provide information on the finances of the diocese. The diocese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Oct. 10 after determining it would not be able to meet the claims of clergy sexual abuse victims.

Diocese chief financial officer Char Maaske answered questions from U.S. Trustee James Snyder and Levein. Levein spent much of his 45 minutes of questioning focusing on the relationship between the diocese and its 84 parishes, including insurance coverage and contributions from parishoners that makeup about 71 percent of the diocese budget.


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