Davenport Bishop Calls All Parish Boards to ‘Important’
By Todd Ruger
September 30, 2004
The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Davenport summoned all members of
parish corporate boards to a meeting tonight where “important decisions
about the future of the diocese will be discussed.”
Bishop William Franklin called the “special meeting” of all
diocese parish boards at St. Patrick Parish in Iowa City, diocese officials
A letter from Franklin to all parish corporate boards in the Davenport
diocese said, “All members of the parish corporate boards should
attend this meeting.”
Diocese officials did not comment on how often such a special meeting
is called or what the topic of the meeting might be.
However, the diocese has discussed out-of-court settlements this month
with 37 men alleging that they were sexually abused by priests decades
earlier. If those talks fail, trials in 16 lawsuits filed against the
diocese are scheduled to begin Nov. 1 at a rate of about one per month.
Also in September, the diocese temporarily postponed its annual appeal
for operating funds while those lawsuits are pending.
The Annual Diocesan Appeal, which had been scheduled to kick off Saturday
and Sunday, raised $2.5 million last year and $2.4 million in 2002, according
to audited financial statements printed in the Catholic Messenger, the
Funds raised during the appeal defray about 70 percent of the operating
budget for diocesan ministries and programs, officials said. The balance
of the operating budget comes primarily from investments, Diocese spokesman
David Montgomery said, while parish activities are supported by Sunday
Montgomery said the meeting will be in Iowa City because it is the closest
major city located near the center of the diocese.
The diocese, headquartered in Davenport, covers 22 counties in southeast
Iowa, and the diocese considered travel time for the attendees, Montgomery
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