KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A support group for clergy sex abuse victims and their families is holding a meeting Thursday night to discuss child pornography and the allegations against Father Shawn Ratigan.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Kansas City North Community Center at 3930 N.E. Antioch Road.
SNAP has been around for 23 years and the director says now is one of the few times he has heard from so many upset parishioners.
The first part of the meeting will be an open discussion about Father Ratigan's case and other crimes regarding clergy. The second part of the meeting will be a confidential support group focused on those who claim to be victims or relatives of victims.
"In recent years, more and more, we're hearing not just from victims, but from whistleblowers and witnesses," said Mike Hunter, SNAP's Kansas City Director. "While victims need support, so too do others who've been hurt by the church hierarchy, like those at St. Patrick's and other Parishes," he added.
A lawsuit has been filed against Father Shawn Ratigan. He's accused of taking child pornography and being sexually inappropriate with young parish girls. The lawsuit also alleges that Bishop Robert Finn and the Kansas City-St Joseph Diocese concealed evidence to avoid a scandal.
The Bishop admits that the Diocese received a letter a year before Father Ratigan was arrested in May but that he didn't read it until last week.