Leaflets Encourage Involvement in Diocese

Des Moines Register News Services
October 10, 2004

The Catholics for Spiritual Healing, a new group formed to address sexual abuse by priests and its impact, will hand out leaflets to people attending Mass today at 14 parishes within the Davenport diocese.

The group is concerned about Davenport Bishop William Franklin's comments that the diocese may declaring bankruptcy. Franklin has said declaring bankruptcy would be a fair way to compensate the people who have sued or filed claims against the diocese alleging abuse by priests. The bishop has said he hopes to settle the lawsuits and claims before the first case goes to trial next month.

The new group hopes to promote openness and involvement of the lay Catholics in the diocese's decision-making process.

More information about the organization is available at


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