The Diocese of Davenport bankruptcy case has been closed by the Honorable Lee M. Jackwig, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Iowa.
Judge Jackwig found that the Diocese has met the requirements of the bankruptcy plan that was ordered on June 26, 2008, including full compliance with the Non-Monetary Undertakings.
Most Rev. Martin Amos, Bishop of Davenport, said, “The bankruptcy process provided the best opportunity for healing and for the just and fair compensation of those who have suffered sexual abuse by priests in our Diocese. The settlement also provided the best way to continue the Church’s mission in the Diocese of Davenport. While the bankruptcy process has closed, it will not end the suffering by some survivors of abuse. I pray that the healing process for the survivors of abuse will continue.”
The Diocese negotiated a $37 million settlement with the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors on November 28, 2007. Of the $37 million settlement, $19.5 million was committed from Travelers Insurance Company and $17.5 million from the Diocese of Davenport.
The Diocese will continue to promote safe environments for children by mandating ongoing training in recognizing and eliminating threats to children, complying with the Charter and Norms of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and mandating background checks for all clergy and for employees and volunteers who work with children. Alicia Owens, the victim assistance coordinator for the Diocese, will continue to provide assistance to survivors of abuse.
To report child sexual abuse
Contact the Iowa Department of Human Services
Child Abuse Hotline: 800-362-2178
If the abuse involves clergy or church personnel, also notify
Alicia Owens, Victim Assistance Coordinator: 563-349-5002
PO Box 232 Bettendorf, IA 52722-0004