Kansas City diocese agrees to settle 30 lawsuits for $10 million

By Judy L. Thomas of the Kansas City Star

October 14, 2014

The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph on Tuesday agreed to pay nearly $10 million to settle 30 lawsuits that alleged sexual abuse by priests.

That action came on the eve of jury deliberations after an 11-day trial in a case filed by a former altar boy.

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Media Statements

Canada--Catholic official to be sentenced for abuse

For Immediate Release: Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Contact: David Clohessy of St. Louis MO 314 566 9790,, Brenda Brunelle of Windsor, Canada 519 800 3492,

Catholic official to be sentenced for abuse

Ottawa man was former head of church youth group

He pled guilty last month to child sex crimes back in 1984

The victim will be in the courtroom and will give interviews

In 2002, a civil case against perpetrator & Knights of Columbus was settled

Group says Knights should prod others who were hurt to “come forward, get help, and call police

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is hoping that the former head a Catholic men’s organization will get the maximum sentence tomorrow in an Ontario courtroom for child sex crimes he admitted committing 30 years ago.

For years, Steve Fagan was the State Chair of the Knights of Columbus' Ontario youth auxiliary. In 1984, he sexually violated Todd Marinacci (, 647-972-1716).

Marinacci will be in the courtroom and will speak publicly for the first time about his suffering after the sentencing.   

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Rome--Burke's demotion validates victims

For immediate release Friday, October 17

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003,

The most controversial Vatican prelate, Cardinal Raymond Burke, confirmed publicly for the first time the rumors that he had been told Francis intended to demote him.

In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Burke said “I very much have enjoyed and have been happy to give this service, so it is a disappointment to leave it.” Burke said, however, that he hadn’t yet received a formal notice of transfer.  

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MO- Please help us protect kids in Kansas City


We belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( Some of us were sexually violated by clergy. Others are friends, relatives and supporters.

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NJ- Brick priest found guilty of abusing mother

For immediate release: Thursday, October 16, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790,

We are grateful that Fr. Marukudiyil Velan, known as “Fr. Chris” has been found guilty of criminal sexual conduct. Often trusted members of the clergy are given “light” sentences and then free to move into unsuspecting communities where they pose a very real danger.

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