Bishop said he failed in handling the Ratigan child porn case; now lawyer threatens a new lawsuit

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Bishop Robert Finn of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City -St. Joseph said on Friday he must acknowledge his own failings for handling the Father Shawn Rattigan child pornography allegations.

 

Three years ago, 47 victims of child abuse from other Catholic priests made a legal agreement that required the church to report any suspicion of child abuse.

Rebecca Randles with Randles, Mata and Brown who represented the victims from the former case said her clients have been calling all day angry that the church did not notify police until a year after the letter was written.

"Many of my clients want me to file a lawsuit against the diocese regarding violating that contract, they are angry and I understand that. I mean they went through grueling legal depositions and then promised to change and it looks like they haven't," said Randles.

In a news conference Friday, Finn said, "I think we have been faithful to those earlier resolutions," when he was asked about the 2008 lawsuit settlement.

She also said there is now a new ongoing investigation regarding employees inside the Diocese Office looking at adult pornography while at work.

The bishop said he was not aware of that.

The attorneys said they have not decided if they will file a lawsuit for sure but they are looking at their options.

 

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