MO - Child porn priest / diocese case settles

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, [email protected])

We hope this settlement comforts at least some of the many families who have suffered and are suffering because Bishop Robert Finn refused to call police, protect kids and monitor Fr. Shawn Ratigan.

At the same time, we hope that at least one of the victims of Ratigan’s crimes and Finn’s complicity will have their “day in court.” We believe a trial would reveal even more stunning deceit and recklessness by top Kansas City Catholic officials. 

This is the third settlement involving Ratigan. No amount of money can restore a child’s innocence or stop a parent’s night mares. But we hope that settlement’s like this one will discourage not only predators but anyone who has shielded or enabled them.

We hope every person who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes by Kansas City clerics comes forward. Staying silent helps no one. Speaking up helps expose and deter wrongdoing. It also protects kids and brings healing.

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, [email protected]

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