KC Diocese Spends over a Million on Sex Abuse Cases

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new report shows the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese spent more than $1 million over a four-month stretch last year in connection with priest sexual abuse cases.

The Kansas City Star reports that a diocese insurance program incurred $631,553 in costs relating to clergy sexual abuse from July through October. Another $427,707 in spending is tied to an independent investigation led by former U.S. Attorney Todd Graves at the request of the diocese.

The report says no legal costs have been paid from that fund or any other diocesan fund for the defense of the Rev. Shawn Ratigan. He is the priest who was charged last year in state and federal courts with possession of child pornography. The case has sparked a flood of lawsuits.

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  • Neil Allen

    The Catholic church will hide the truth whenever possible. How much was spent on the FOUR lawyers that told Bishop Finn how to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

    How much was spent on the TWO attorneys for Msgr Murphy, who didn’t go to the police in December of 2010, and then lied to a police friend about child porn on Ratigan’s computer.

    If you want to dig the truth out of the Catholic church, you better go in there with the FBI and lie detectors.

  • Debate

    When the Mass was reformed, high Mass was the model, not low Mass. This is one of the easrons why there was consternation at Pope Paul VI’s personal decision to include a verbal text with the sign of the cross at the beginning of Mass — it derived from the low Mass.There’s a verbal text with the sign of the cross in the Solemn Mass as well, the Introit. (And from the pre- and post-Vatican II divine office, among other places, we can see that a verbal text accompanying the sign of the cross doesn’t have to be In Nomine, etc. ) The desireability of beginning the liturgy of the Mass with the (public, communal) sign of the cross is not in dispute I think the consternation being over the verbal text, not the sign itself if I read you correctly. But since the 20th century reforms (pre-Vatican II changes to the rubrics in the Graudale) restored the introit as a processional chant, once you (post-Vatican II) removed the duplication of the priest saying the introit which was sung by the choir, you were left with no text. There are very few places in the liturgy where signs are made with no words, I think so it makes sense to add something and voila In Nomine it is.This could also be seen as a reflection of what appears to be Byzantine influence on the entrance rites (at least an intermediary source for The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you. ), as the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom begins with the sign of the cross with a Trinitarian text: Blessed is the kingdom of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. And there are several other elements of the Low Mass included right at the beginning: the greeting before the penitential rite, the penitential rite itself, and in a way, the option for the celebrant to remark briefly on the nature of the celebration (which is after all what Introibo ad altare, etc. does.) Also taken from Low Mass practices are the options to sing alternate texts other than those in the Gradual. I suspect there might be other things taken from the Low Mass, if I think about it a bit more.

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