Catholic Church

Cops & Crime
5:15 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Catholic Priest Sentenced To 50 Years For Child Pornography

A judge on Thursday sentenced Father Shawn Ratigan to 50 years in federal prison.

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. 

Judge Gary Fenner labeled Ratigan a pedophile in serial fashion.

Minutes before, Ratigan choked back emotion as he told the judge, "Fifteen years is a lot of time, but fifty, come on."

Parents of the two-year-old girl photographed by Ratigan said they never want their child to see him again. The mother of the child said her daughter considered the priest her "best friend."

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KC Currents
4:25 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Missouri Singing Nuns Top Charts

Advent at Ephesus CD
DeMonfort Music

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.

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Cops & Crime
5:55 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Bishop Finn: 'Boys Will Be Boys'

Bishop Robert Finn

The Kansas City Star reported Thursday afternoon on comments made by Bishop Robert Finn regarding pornographic images of children on a priest's computer.

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Catholic Church
7:26 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Diocese Releases Abuse Report

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The Catholic Key

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.

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11:16 am
Mon July 2, 2012

KC Catholics Caught Between Vatican And Nuns

Catholics gathered to support nuns at Mill Valley Park on the Country Club Plaza.
Alex Smith KCUR

In mid-April, the Vatican issued strong criticism of its largest organization for American Catholic nuns, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

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The Two-Way
5:43 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Assailing 'Disobedience,' Pope Says Women Will Not Be Ordained

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves at the end of the Chrismal mass in the morning of Holy Thursday on Thursday.
Vicenzo Pinto AFP/Getty Images

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.

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:

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Up to Date
2:15 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

The Emerging Catholic Church

National Catholic Reporter editor-at-large Tom Roberts 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. 

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KC Currents
11:44 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Psychologist Treats Victims Of Priest Sex Abuse

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 Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, nearly 16,000 abuse victims have spoken out nationwide since 1950.

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January 8, 2012
1:14 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

2012: The Myth Of The Mayan Calendar

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Debunking the End of the World

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Catholic Church
2:37 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Frustrated, Faithful, Furious: Kansas City Catholics React To Indictments Of Bishop And Diocese

Midday mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Westport. Photo by Laura Ziegler

The Catholic church is still reeling from news that Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St Joseph have been indicted on criminal charges related to the sex abuse scandal.

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Catholic Church
4:35 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Historic Abuse Case Filed: Bishop Named

Rev. Monsignor Robert Finn in 2008.
photo: Dan Verbeck/KCUR

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.

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Catholic Church
1:19 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Suit Claims Church Hid Priest's Child

Harrisonville, Mo. – A lawsuit was filed today alleging the Catholic Kansas City- St. Joseph Diocese covered up purported sexual transgressions of a priest, but this time the allegations do not center on child abuse. In this case, the issue is a priest fathering a child by a married woman in a parish he served.

The man making the allegations against the priest is the husband of the woman who had the child.

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KC Currents
11:16 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Cubans Honor Priest Who Helped During Refugee Years

Kansas City, MO – Earlier this summer, about 25 Cuban families gathered to honor Father Patrick Tobin, a Catholic Priest who helped them settle in Kansas City almost 50 years ago. As a board member of Catholic Relief Services, Tobin was given the job of helping refugees fleeing the Cuban Revolution. Tobin organized parishes in Kansas City to provide housing, jobs and basic services for the Cubans. Alex Smith spoke with Father Patrick Tobin as well as one of the Cubans who arrived in the early 60s, Maria Rovarosa.

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