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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Abuse-survivor group says KC diocese broke its promise

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests is raising more objections to how the Kansas City diocese has handled the case against Shawn Ratigan. From Alan Bavley:

Walsh said a 2008 legal settlement the diocese reached with 47 sexual abuse plaintiffs includes a promise by the diocese to report suspected cases of child abuse to law enforcement and child protection authorities. “We feel the diocese is in direct violation (of that agreement),” he said.

Diocese spokeswoman Rebecca Summers responded Tuesday.

“The diocese has always and will continue to comply with Missouri law,” Summers said. “In December 2010, the diocese could not determine the identity of the persons depicted in any of the images on Shawn Ratigan’s computer, nor did we know if he took the photos or downloaded them.”

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