Catholic Church http://kcur.org en Catholic Priest Sentenced To 50 Years For Child Pornography http://kcur.org/post/catholic-priest-sentenced-50-years-child-pornography <p></p><p>Shawn Ratigan, a 47-year-old Catholic priest convicted of making child pornography, was sentenced to 50 years by a Kansas City federal judge Thursday afternoon.&nbsp;</p><p>Judge Gary Fenner labeled Ratigan a pedophile in&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">serial fashion.</span></p><p>Minutes before, Ratigan choked back emotion as he told the judge, "Fifteen years is a lot of time, but fifty, come on."</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:15:20 +0000 Dan Verbeck & Steve Bell 43566 at http://kcur.org Catholic Priest Sentenced To 50 Years For Child Pornography Missouri Singing Nuns Top Charts http://kcur.org/post/missouri-singing-nuns-top-charts <p>Christmas 2012 has come and gone, and for a lot of people, it’s been another round of traditions and family reunions. But for a convent of nuns outside of St. Joseph, this year was a little different. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 22:25:01 +0000 Alex Smith 30059 at http://kcur.org Missouri Singing Nuns Top Charts Bishop Finn: 'Boys Will Be Boys' http://kcur.org/post/bishop-finn-boys-will-be-boys <p>The <em>Kansas City Star </em>reported Thursday afternoon on comments made by Bishop Robert Finn regarding pornographic images of children on a priest's computer.</p><p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 22:55:08 +0000 Steve Bell & Danie Alexander 23739 at http://kcur.org Bishop Finn: 'Boys Will Be Boys' Diocese Releases Abuse Report http://kcur.org/post/diocese-releases-abuse-report <p>The ombudsman for the people of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic diocese to look into accusations of sexual abuse by clergy has released her first annual report.</p><p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 00:26:59 +0000 Steve Bell 22530 at http://kcur.org Diocese Releases Abuse Report KC Catholics Caught Between Vatican And Nuns http://kcur.org/post/kc-catholics-caught-between-vatican-and-nuns <p>In mid-April, the Vatican issued strong criticism of its largest organization for American Catholic nuns, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.</p><p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 16:16:11 +0000 Alex Smith 20385 at http://kcur.org KC Catholics Caught Between Vatican And Nuns Assailing 'Disobedience,' Pope Says Women Will Not Be Ordained http://kcur.org/post/assailing-disobedience-pope-says-women-will-not-be-ordained In a Mass today at St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a scathing homily that reiterated the Catholic Church's ban on female priests.<p>He also criticized a group of priests who have called on their colleagues to ignore Rome. NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty filed this report for our Newscast unit:<p><blockquote><p>"On Holy Thursday, the Catholic Church commemorates the day that it says Jesus instituted the priesthood. Pope Benedict took the opportunity to say nothing will change. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 22:43:00 +0000 editor 15524 at http://kcur.org Assailing 'Disobedience,' Pope Says Women Will Not Be Ordained The Emerging Catholic Church http://kcur.org/post/emerging-catholic-church <p><a href="http://ncronline.org/" target="_blank"><em>National Catholic Reporter</em></a> editor-at-large <strong>Tom Roberts</strong> has witnessed a lot over his career: a Catholic Church still reacting to Vatican II, a dramatic demographic shift, and more recently, a sex abuse scandal that has revealed a growing inadequacy of the hierarchical culture.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 20:15:46 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 11755 at http://kcur.org The Emerging Catholic Church Psychologist Treats Victims Of Priest Sex Abuse http://kcur.org/post/psychologist-treats-victims-priest-sex-abuse <p>Recent events in Kansas City have raised a new public furor about abuse by Catholic priests, but no one really knows how long the problem has been going on. According to the <a href="http://www.snapnetwork.org/">Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests</a>, nearly 16,000 abuse victims have spoken out nationwide since 1950.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 17:44:29 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 10451 at http://kcur.org 2012: The Myth Of The Mayan Calendar http://kcur.org/post/2012-myth-mayan-calendar <p>The show for January 8, 2012.</p> Fri, 06 Jan 2012 19:14:55 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith & Kayla Regan 10331 at http://kcur.org 2012: The Myth Of The Mayan Calendar Frustrated, Faithful, Furious: Kansas City Catholics React To Indictments Of Bishop And Diocese http://kcur.org/post/frustrated-faithful-furious-kansas-city-catholics-react-indictments-bishop-and-diocese <p>It's been 2 weeks since the stunning announcement that a grand jury had handed down indictments to Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph relating to the sex -abuse scandal. Catholics in the diocese are still digesting the news.</p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 19:37:47 +0000 Laura Ziegler 8336 at http://kcur.org Frustrated, Faithful, Furious: Kansas City Catholics React To Indictments Of Bishop And Diocese Historic Abuse Case Filed: Bishop Named http://kcur.org/post/historic-abuse-case-filed-bishop-named <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d1f514cb3cb-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d1f514cb3cb-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d1f514cb3cb-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-990062.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – A state court grand jury empanelled in Kansas City has indicted the Bishop and the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph on charges of failing to report child abuse. It is the first criminal indictment of a Catholic Bishop in the history of child abuse cases in the United States.</p> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 21:35:06 +0000 Dan Verbeck 8307 at http://kcur.org Historic Abuse Case Filed: Bishop Named Suit Claims Church Hid Priest's Child http://kcur.org/post/suit-claims-church-hid-priests-child <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d1f514c9769-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d1f514c9769-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d1f514c9769-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-987725.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p><br />Harrisonville, Mo. – A lawsuit was filed today alleging the Catholic Kansas City- St. Joseph Diocese hushed up purported sexual doings of a priest, but this time the allegations do not center on child abuse. Rather, the issue is fathering a child by a married woman in a parish where the priest served.</p> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 18:19:09 +0000 Dan Verbeck 8234 at http://kcur.org Cubans Honor Priest Who Helped During Refugee Years http://kcur.org/post/cubans-honor-priest-who-helped-during-refugee-years <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d1f514c7551-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d1f514c7551-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d1f514c7551-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-918860.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – Nearly 50 years ago, a community of Cuban refugees settled in Kansas City with the help of a local priest.</p> Tue, 17 Aug 2010 16:16:53 +0000 Alex Smith 6957 at http://kcur.org