Creditors Committee Formed in Diocese Bankruptcy

By Gregg Hennigan
The Gazette
December 19, 2006

Iowa City, IA - Seven men were appointed today to a committee that will decide how the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport will distribute its assets in its bankruptcy case.

Court records filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of Iowa only name two of the committee members, Mike Uhde of Davenport and Mike Gould of Bradenton, Fla. Both men have said they were abused by the diocese's priests.

The other five are listed as John Does 13, 18, 23, 55 and 65.

Before deciding how to distribute the diocese's assets, the creditors committee will determine what exactly those assets are. In court records, the diocese has listed more than $9.1 million in total assets.

The diocese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Oct. 10 after determining it did not have the money to settle the claims stemming from its clergy sexual abuse scandal. Only three other dioceses in the nation have filed for bankruptcy.


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