Nickless to Meet with Snap; Soens on Agenda

By Matt Breen
KTIV [Iowa]
February 19, 2006,10221

Monday, Iowa's catholic bishops will meet with victims of sexual abuse, again. It's the second such meeting in a month. But, this time, Sioux City bishop, Walker Nickless, will be there.

He couldn't attend the first round of meetings, in Des Moines, two weeks ago, after his mother died. This time, diocese officials say Nickless will meet face-to-face with members of "SNAP," the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests.

He has dealt with the issue in his role with the Denver diocese. "I've dealt with the sexual abuse problem," says Bishop Walker Nickless, Diocese of Sioux City. "It's a terrible thing in the church and in the world. But, the catholic church is handling it well. And, we're doing the best that we can and will continue to do that in Sioux City."

Bishop Walker Nickless talks to the media about clergy sex abuse in the Roman Catholic church.

This time, SNAP is focused on one of Nickless' predecessors. They want former Sioux City bishop, Lawrence Soens, to stay away from minors, and to stop celebrating mass.

He faces nine sex abuse lawsuits from his time in the Davenport diocese. A spokesperson for the Sioux City diocese says there were never any complaints against Soens during his time in Sioux City.


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