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SNAP Press Release

For immediate release: Thursday June 9

Court hearing this a.m. in pedophile priest case

Judge to hear pedophile priest case today

KC Catholic bishop wants lawsuit tossed out

Victim came forward too late, Finn’s lawyers claim

SNAP blasts Finn for “exploiting legal technicality”

“Let man have his day in court,” group tells prelate

Lawyers for Kansas City’s Catholic bishop will argue in court this morning that a clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit should be tossed out because the alleged victim came forward too late.

The case, filed last September, is John Doe BP vs. Father Michael Tierney. The hearing will be at 10:30 in front of Judge Anne Mesle in the Jackson County courthouse.

Tierney was suspended from active ministry just last week by Bishop Robert Finn. He’s been named as an abuser in two civil suits.

“We abhor these hardball legal tactics,” said David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, [email protected]). “If Finn feels he and his staff did nothing wrong regarding Fr. Tierney, let them prove it in court.”

“It’s wrong for Finn to claim to be a caring shepherd in public but act like a cold-hearted CEO in court,” said Mike Hunter of Kansas City, KC SNAP leader. (913 634 6490, [email protected], [email protected]) “Why not let this brave victim have his day in court?”

Finn’s lawyers claim the statute of limitations on any sexual misdeeds Tierney may have committed against Doe has expired.

“The statute is an archaic, predator-friendly law that Finn should not try to hide behind,” said Clohessy. “If Finn wants to fight this victim, the least he can do is fight on the merits, not on legal technicalities.”

The diocese is represented by Jon Haden and Mara Cohara. The victim is represented by Rebecca Randles (816 510 2704 cell, 816 931 9901).

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, [email protected]), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests