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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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Sex abuse victims want Iowa bishop to skip upcoming papal trip
Despite ten molestation lawsuits, he’s still on payroll & isn’t being defrocked
Support group again asks that retired prelate voluntarily stay home next week
If he refuses, Iowa’s current bishops should try to keep him from going to pope’s event
When bankruptcy is over, SNAP wants diocese to work harder to monitor other predators
-- ask Iowa’s bishops to try and persuade him to stay home, and
-- urge Davenport’s bishop to begin working on a plan to better supervise and monitor pedophile priests who are largely living on their own without real oversight.
SNAP suspects he’s been invited, like all the rest of America’s bishops, to attend papal events in NY and Washington DC next week. Victims want Soens to voluntarily avoid papal events and Iowa’s bishops to lean on him to stay home, so as to avoid rubbing more salt into the already deep and still fresh wounds of many Iowa Catholics and abuse victims. (Yesterday, SNAP made a similar request of Lincoln Nebraska bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, who has refused for five years to comply with the national bishops’ child sex abuse policy.)
The diocese’s bankruptcy case is approaching settlement, and so SNAP is prodding Davenport officials to follow the lead of the Philadelphia Archdiocese, which houses many of its predatory priests in one church facility so they can be better monitored and kids can be better protected."Disgraced, defrocked. . .and protected"
For more than 15 years, Soens worked in the Quad-Cities area before taking over the Sioux City Diocese in 1983. Soens’ victims were assaulted when they were students and he was principal at Regina High School in Iowa City. There are apparently no efforts within the church to investigate the cases against him or to discipline him in any way. Despite the allegations, lawsuits and settlement, Soens continues to attend and officiate at church events.
CONTACT - Bob Schwiderski of Minnesota, SNAP assistant Midwest director 612 281 8132 cell
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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