priest abuse

KC Currents
4:59 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Can An Ombudsman Help Save the Kansas City-St. Joe Diocese?

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, Mo.
Credit Alex Smith / KCUR

The local Roman Catholic diocese has attracted worldwide attention for its problems with child abuse, particularly for Bishop Robert Finn who is the first and only U.S. bishop to be convicted of failing to report suspected abuse.

Later this month, the Diocese’s Office of Child and Youth Protection will release its second annual public report on abuse in the parishes. The report is one of several big steps the Diocese has taken in recent years to address abuse, but some say these steps aren’t enough.

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4:44 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Church Insuror Denies Claim In Wrongful Death Settlement

The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph will not have the benefit of an insurance policy to blunt it’s out of court settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit connected to alleged sex abuse.

In court filings, as reported by the Kansas City Business Journal, Chicago Insurance Company said the $2.5 million diocese payment agreed to July 8 isn’t covered. 

The diocese settled with parents of Brian Teeman as jury selection was underway in Jackson County Circuit Court.

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5:11 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

KC Diocese Settles Sex Abuse Death Case On Trial Eve

Credit Sixteenth

There was a surprise ending to what may have been a landmark sex abuse case against the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese. 

Both sides reached a settlement  in the middle of  jury selection as trial was to begin in Jackson County Circuit Court at Independence, Mo.

The civil court action stemmed from the 1983 death of a former altar boy.

A statement from the diocese said, in part, that while facts of the case remain unclear, "the tragedy of it is certain."

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Cops & Crime
5:09 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Bishop's Bid Fails, Child Sex Charges Stand

K.C.-St. Joseph Diocese defense counsel Jean Paul Bradshaw II after arguments to dismiss charges in child sex abuse case.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Bishop Robert Finn and the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese will proceed to trial in September.  The clergyman and the institution have lost a bid to have charges against them dismissed.

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Cops & Crime
4:58 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Church Sex Case Trial To Start In Early Fall

Leaving nearly 8 months preparation time for prosecution and defense, a Jackson County Circuit Judge has set  a late September trial date for the Bishop of Kansas City and St. Joseph and the diocese as an entity.   The case will be a first of its kind in the nation.

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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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Cops & Crime
5:09 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Gag Order Charge Stirs Priestly Abuse Case

The quest for discovery of evidence in an alleged priestly abuse case in Kansas City is turning more complicated. A Jackson County Circuit Judge has ordered a third party to turn over records. And its executive director says he will not.

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