Davenport Diocese Plans to Sell Property to Pay Sexual Abuse Victims

December 10, 2006

Davenport, Iowa The Davenport Diocese is selling its headquarters and the home of its new bishop to raise funds for victims of sexual abuse.

The diocese filed for bankruptcy in October as protection against claims of sexual abuse by its priests.

Now it's liquidating its assets to pay those victims.

Richard Davidson, the diocese's attorney, says selling the headquarters and the bishop's home is just the first step.

The diocese also plans to sell some other property, including a 110-thousand dollar home built in 1820 that includes 25 acres. The most expensive property is the tree-filled Saint Vincent's center, valued at four-point-one (m) million dollars.

The bishop's home is a brick duplex valued at 196 thousand dollars. Bishop Martin Amos says it is much more space than he needs. Amos could live close to his office in a "fixer-upper" home, a place where he would put his carpentry skills to use.


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