Part 3: Why it keeps going until hierarchy stops moving pedophiles around the world
Victims urge bishop to do outreach
Recently arrested priest also took kids overseas
Group to Finn: “Help prosecutors build strong case”
SNAP also says prelate should personally visit 3 parishes
Organization also blasts him for keeping accused priest in ministry now
Sitting on folding chairs at card table on the sidewalk, clergy sex abuse victims will
–Disclose that a recently arrested sex offender priest, Fr. Shawn Ratigan, went overseas with kids, and
–Hand address envelopes to hundreds of local Catholics who belong to a parish where Ratigan recently worked. The letters invite church-goers to an open public meeting tomorrow night.
They will also publicly prod Robert Finn, the bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, to:
— Personally visit all three area parishes where Ratigan worked,
— Beg victims and witnesses to contact police and prosecutors, and
— Notify bishops in Guatemala, where Ratigan visited, of the charges against him.
TODAY, Wednesday, June 1, 2:00 p.m.
Outside the KC chancery (diocesan headquarters) at 20 West Ninth Street, Kansas City, MO .
Two-five members of a victims’ self-help group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org), including a St. Louis man who is the organization’s longtime director.
SNAP has found a 2007 article in the Kansas City diocesan newspaper (The Catholic Key) showing that Ratigan went to Guatemala on a trip with students from St. Joseph, Missouri. SNAP fears that he may have taken pornographic photos of them or of kids in Central America.
A Kansas City parishioner has given a list of local Catholics. SNAP is writing and inviting all parishioners to an open meeting to discuss the controversial Ratigan case. The meeting will be on Thursday, June 2, at 7:00 p.m. at the Kansas City North Community Center, 3930 N.E. Antioch Road (816-784-6100, email@example.com).
Since his ordination in 2004, Ratigan has worked at three parishes: St Patrick’s (1357 NE 42nd Terrace in Kansas City – 816-453-5510), St. Joseph’s (107 North Short Ridge Street in Easton – 816-473-2011) and St. Mary’s (1606 North 2nd Street in St. Joseph – 816-279-1154). He also worked at Bishop LeBlond High School (3529 Frederick in St Joseph – 816-279-1629). St. Patrick’s is in Clay County, the other two churches are in Buchanan County.
In late April, SNAP asked Jackson County prosecutors to launch a grand jury investigation into Kansas City area clergy sex crimes and cover ups, and make aggressive efforts to prod victims to report to police. Roughly eight jurisdictions across the US have undertaken similar probes over the past decade.
According to a Boston-based research group, at least eighteen Kansas City Catholic clerics stand accused, often several times, of molesting children. Yet not one of them faces or has ever faced possible criminal prosecution.
The publicly accused KC diocese priests (followed by the number of known lawsuits against them) are: Fr. Thomas J. O’Brien (24), Fr. Thomas M. Reardon (22), Fr. Hugh F. Monahan (8), Bishop Joseph Hart (6), Fr. John Tulipana (4), Fr. Francis E. McGlynn (3), Fr. Sylvester Hoppe (3); and one each against Fr. Stephen J. Muth, Fr. Tom Cronin, Fr. Michael Tierney, Fr. James Lawbaugh, Fr. Francis Lambert Wise, and Fr. Earl Johnson. Other accused Kansas City priests include Fr. John C. Baskett, Fr. Michael Brewer, and Fr. Thomas Ward.
David Clohessy 314-566-9790 (cell), SNAPclohessy@aol.com;
Barbara Dorris 314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com