Bishop removes Father Tierney as pastor of Christ the King Parish after reports of sexual misconduct

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Another priest with the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph has been accused of sexual misconduct.

Bishop Robert Finn Thursday removed Rev. Michael Tierney as pastor of Christ the King Parish located in the Waldo area of Kansas City after receiving reports alleging sexual misconduct with minors.

According to the diocese, the Independent Review Board received reports alleging sexual misconduct with minors by Tierney in the early 1970s and 1980s. One person making a complaint recently met with the Review Board. The panel advises Finn on matters of clerical misconduct. The Review Board is made up of eight laypersons including clinical psychologists, law enforcement personnel, and a member of the clergy.

Board members listened to the report and met with Tierney. They also considered information concerning two other people.

Each declined to meet with the Review Board but made similar claims of misconduct by Tierney. One person originally reported wrestling with Tierney, but in a 2010 lawsuit claimed that he had been groped.

The board recommended that Finn remove Tierney as pastor of Christ the King Parish and from all other public ministry. Finn accepted and removed Tierney on Thursday.

Last month, the Clay County, Missouri Prosecutor's office charged Rev. Shawn F. Ratigan with three felony counts of possessing child pornography. Ratigan pleaded not guilty to the possession of child porn charges. He also faces a lawsuit from the parents of a 7-year-old parish girl .

Thursday night, a meeting was held in the Northland, filled with Catholics who were already upset with the diocese and Ratigan.

After hearing about Tierney, many were outraged.

"The people who are in charge who have failed the Catholic faithful and they have put children in danger and knew about it and tried to sweep it under the covers and its not going to work this time," said Stephanie Gunn.

Tierney denies the allegations, but according to the diocese, he has cooperated fully in the process.

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