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Retired bishop abused minors.

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Davenport's diocesan review board has found credible accusations that retired Bishop Lawrence D. Soens of Sioux City, Iowa, sexually abused minors when he served here as a priest from 1950 to 1983.

Deacon David Montgomery, diocesan director of communication, said information about Soens' case had been sent to the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI will determine what action to take, if any.

The retired bishop, 82, was accused of sex abuse by 31 male minors, the Davenport diocese reported, and the review board found "certain allegations" to be credible. The board "did not review all of the allegations against him because some claimants did not want their claims reviewed by the board," the report added.

The Nov. 3 announcement brought to 26 the number of priests in the Davenport diocese against whom credible allegations of sexual abuse have been made.

The board exonerated Msgr. Drake Shafer, former vicar general of the diocese, of an allegation of sexual abuse. Shafer, who has been on leave for five and a haft years, will return to active ministry.
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Date:Nov 14, 2008
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