Former Sioux City Bishop Has Been Credibly Accused

November 4, 2008

A church panel says there's evidence a former Bishop of the Sioux City Diocese sexually abused minors.

Lawrence Soens led the Sioux City Diocese from 1983 until he retired in 1998.

Now Soens is among four members of the clergy who've been credibly accused of sexually abusing students while he was principal at Iowa City's Regina High School in the 50's and 60's.

The report from the Davenport Diocese will be sent to the Vatican where the Pope will decide whether to defrock Soens.

The bishop has consistently denied the allegations and has said he would vigorously defend himself.


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