|Iowa Priests Waiting
for Vatican Verdict
Des Moines Register
Iowa's four dioceses might wait years for the Vatican's decision on their recommendations that several Iowa priests be defrocked for sexual abuse allegations.
DES MOINES DIOCESE: 3 priests -Albert Wilwerding, 73; John Ryan, 79; and Richard Wagner, 68. All have agreed not to contest the action.
DAVENPORT DIOCESE: 5 priests - Francis Bass, 82; James Janssen, 82; Frank Martinez Jr., 55; William F. Wiebler, 76; and Richard Poster, 39. In court records, all have denied the accusations against them.
SIOUX CITY DIOCESE: 2 priests, whom diocesan officials will not name publicly.
DUBUQUE ARCHDIOCESE: Church officials won't say how many priests have
been recommended for defrocking. In December, the archdiocese reported
allegations of sexual misconduct against 26 unnamed priests, eight of
whom are living. Of those eight, the diocese said one was "dismissed
from the clerical state," five are of advanced age, one served prison
time and is on parole, and one was removed from all pastoral duties.
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