Thursday, May 26, 2011

TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! WITNESS A DOCUMENT THAT DESCRIBES LONG STANDING SUSPICIONS OF KANSAS CITY CATHOLIC PRIEST CHILD SEX ABUSE!!!



Suspicions of child pr0n or sex abuse are no laughing matter . . . Unfortunately, the response from the local Catholic hierarchy on this matter are nothing but a joke.

So far, The National Catholic Reporter has taken local Catholic officials to task regarding their dismissive approach to a case involving accusations of child porn and a priest at a local Catholic School.

Today . . .

KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS PROVIDE AN IMPORTANT DOCUMENT DEPICTING CONCERNS ABOUT THE BEHAVIOR OF FR. SHAWN RATIGAN THAT ARE MORE THAN A YEAR OLD!!!

In fact, local concerned parishioners tell us "At the congregation meeting held last Friday the Principal confirmed to everyone in attendance that she had taken a list of concerns to the diocese over a year ago. From what others have said, she met with officials who didn't want to discuss them."

Tragically, sources close to the story note: "From what I can tell the school did everything they could but it fell upon deaf ears at the Diocese level."

Remember that our court system is based on the presumption of innocence . . . And Fr. Ratigan pleads not guilty to child porn allegations.

Nevertheless, the document AWESOME TKC TIPSTERS are reporting today shows us that THERE WERE WRITTEN CONCERNS DATING BACK MORE THAN A YEAR regarding the behavior of the embattled priest.



READ THE DOCUMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY . . .

I've highlighted a great deal of the letter. A lot of it is hearsay but all of it shows that people who knew Ratigan were worried . . . Especially, Julie Hess, principal of St. Patrick's school.

I've never heard the term "Circle of Grace" before, it sounds like something hokey the Church would devise but even using their own terminology it's hard to believe that Catholic leaders couldn't understand the important information that school officials were trying to get across.

HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DOCUMENT:

Saint Patrick School
May 19, 2010
Concerns reported to Principal Julie Hess

"I seek to fulfill my responsibility as school principal in relaying a growing body of parent and teacher concerns regarding Pastor Shawn Ratigan's perceived inappropriate behavior with children. Parents, staff members and parishioners are discussing his actions and whether or not he may be a child molester. They have researched pedophilia on the Internet and brought in sample articles with examples of how Father Shawn's actions fit the profile of a child predator. I am worried about Father, about our school, and about losing our families to the negative impact of gossip and rumors."

"In accordance with the diocesan Children's Safety Curriculum, and in light of the priest abuse scandal in the Catholic Church and its devastating effects, I would recommend that priests across the diocese observe appropriate "Circle of Grace" physical boundaries for our children, instead of blurring and crossing those boundaries. We would expect Father Shawn to model, teach and practice the Child Safety guidelines across all settings in the church and in the school, and not insist that he has a right to "be close" to children or tell teachers that he knows the rules."

TKC NOTE: AGAIN, CHECK THE DATE AND REALIZE THAT THIS IS MORE THAN A YEAR AGO WHEN THESE CONCERNS MATERIALIZED:

"Although concerns about Father Shawn surfaced early in the school year, in the last week they have grown much stronger. The proverbial "straw that broke the camel's back" was reported to me by phone (I was in St. Louis) last Thursday, May 13, 2010. During a school field trip to Platte Falls, Father allowed a fourth grade girl to sit on his lap and lean her body back against him. He did not immediately move to re-direct her; she sat there for at least five minutes, until teachers moved to stand next to him. Then he rose and went to play Frisbee with a group of students."

TKC NOTE: THE "CIRCLE OF GRACE" CONCEPT IS DESCRIBED IN THIS PASSAGE . . . ALONG WITH A 1ST PERSON ACCOUNT OF RATIGAN'S RESPONSE TO CONCERNS ABOUT INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR:

When he realized this situation was bigger than the thought, he called me over to the parish office and said it was just a "heads up" about rumors that were swirling around. When I mentioned that he had wanted to discuss a "teacher" issue, he told me that the first grad teacher, "who is not Catholic", interferes when students try to get close to him at recess. I explained our safety training and the importance of teaching physical boundaries and he "Circle of Grace" to out children. He interrupted to tell me that little children need to be touched and hugged, and even though "they" advised against it, he felt it was the right thing for kids. he said he would never hurt a child and all he wants to do is help them all get to heaven. At the end of the short conversation, he said that maybe he should just quit being involved in the school all together. I assured him that no one wanted that, and I wanted to say more, but I could tell it just wasn't the time."

TKC NOTE: PRINCIPAL HESS IS METICULOUS IN OUTLINING HER CONCERNS AND THOSE OF PARENTS AND TEACHERS . . . HERE'S ARE SOME OF THE PASSAGES I'VE PICKED OUT ALONG WITH HER METHODOLOGY:

"The concerns fall into several categories: 1) inappropriate physical contact with children; 2) inappropriate behavior; and 3) general concerns."

"When first grade Brownie Girl Scouts were planting flowers in Father Shawn's Home garden, a parent reported to me that her husband became "incensed" when he saw Father rubbing circles on his daughter's back. The dad immediately called his daughter over to him to get him away from Father and texted his wife that Father had better keep his hands to himself or there would be trouble . . . "

"In September, teachers expressed concerns about Father interrupting their classes, sharing inappropriate information with students, and not setting physical boundaries for himself with the kids. At the next faculty meeting, the teachers agreed to intervene and directly tell the children not to jump on Father, not to hang on his legs, and not to put their hands in his pockets any more . . ."

"In October, Father seemed to be "obsessed" -- as a staff member put it -- with one of the fifth grade girls. he was constantly talking about her, and wondering aloud to office workers, and teachers, "I don't know why so-and-so doesn't like me." He also described their conversations and interactions, as if other adults would be as interested in them as he was. Another staff member brought it up at a Parish Staff meeting as a concern, in terms of his apparent emotional involvement in the situation and the inappropriateness of his "peer-to-peer" relationship with the student." Teachers report that Father spends a great deal of time talking with the girls in that particular class, saying, "He's always talking to them." "

"They were somewhat disturbed with the inside of Father's home. "It's very kid-friendly," one mother said. "There is a big fish tank in the living room and stuffed animals all over the furniture." There is a giant stuffed animal on the bed in the guest room and the kitchen hand towels are shaped to look like doll clothes. The mother told me, "I got the willies all over." Earlier that day, this same woman had found a pair of girl's panties inside one of the planters in Father's back yard. She told me she's not sure if her daughters will attend any school field trips that Father goes on and that Father has raised the warning-bell instincts of numerous moms. She added that he's established no boundaries with kids "and it's clear he wants it to stay that way."

TKC NOTE: AGAIN COUNTLESS WARNINGS FROM TEACHERS . . .

"Father always wants to play with the kids in Physical Education classes. The P.E. teacher has told me that Father has no personal boundaries, the children flock to him, their hands are all over him, and their hands are in his pockets. Other teachers have had to step in and say to the kids "That's not appropriate!" and hoped that Father would get the hint.

Staff members have expressed concern that Father seems unwilling to find the time to meet with them to discuss parish issues; one in particular has tried numerous times to set up a meeting with him to no avail. They believe that Father spends so much time at school he isn't able to get other important things done. Father is at school every day for long periods of time. He is usually present at arrival time, during morning prayer, recess, lunch, dismissal, and after school. He also visits the early childhood center most of every day.
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48 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Damn.

Anonymous said...

This crime should be treated as a conspearacy to harm children. Crimes occured and the church covered them up, time for a Rico investigation. The church has run a child molestation ring for thousands of years and because they are "men" of god they get a free pass.

Any catholic who gives money to these crooks is supporting the church's efforts to corrupt children and the cover up that always follows.

Anonymous said...

FYI, Tony, the links to your PDF documentation are not working. It opens in Google Docs but when you try to download, you get error messages.

Nicely summarized.

Anonymous said...

T--Kudos to you (and JimmyCSays) for keeping on this. I really can't see any way that Finn can continue to head the diocese.

Anonymous said...

Finn MUST be prosecuted.

How else can we say we care about the law or about children?

Anonymous said...

So the school does the right thing and report concerns and the diocese refuses to do anything...for over a year???!!! It sounds lie the KC Diocese is still using the old playbook...ignore and brush under the rug

Anonymous said...

I think the time for reporting these concerns to the Church is over. Parents, teachers, and administrators must now begin reporting these concerns directly to the police. It has become obvious that the church is more concerned with covering up this behavior than with stopping it. People who fail to report these things to the authorities need to find themselves with more guilt that a few hail marys from Father Shawn will absolve them of.

Anonymous said...

I do not understand why the person who was fixing the computer didn't go straight to the Police. Why would anyone go to the diocese anyways? A Crime is a Crime no matter how you look at it. Everyone involved in this should be held accountable for their actions or inactions.

Anonymous said...

This Ratigan guy is just plain creepy. And, for the staff members to continue calling him "Father" is even creepier. He allowed the children to put their hands in his pockets? Disgusting, disturbing, outrageous behavior tolerated by the Diocese is criminal. The "local Catholic hierarchy" deserve to be prosecuted right along with the Ratigan CREEP!

Anonymous said...

Ratigan is one sick puppy. He's a Perv, Creep, and all who covered this up should be prosecuted.

Anonymous said...

Finn needs to resign today!

Another Midtown Mom said...

Disgusting. The teachers should have went straight to the police.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if there will soon be a post alleging some sort of disparity regarding media reports on the molestion of white children vs. murders of people of color on the Eastside?

Anonymous said...

anon 11:48---the police aren't going to do a thing if you call them and say your neighbor, minister, teacher is 'creepy'...that's not illegal. The issue is that the KC Catholic leaders ignored these warning signs. The pictures that got the guy prosecuted weren't discovered until a year later and the teachers knew nothing about them via the diocese staying silent

Anonymous said...

Now I know why their breath smelled funny....it smelled of lil girl pussy and lil boy ass! Jesus is just waiting for these shitheels!

Angry Squirrel 63 said...

As someone *very* close to the situation I can assure that the document was taken to the diocese that day . . . also, there wasn't anything "illegal" to report, that's why the church was the only entity involved at that time.

MDLQ said...

Isn't it wonderful the way god blesses us with these folks?
over and over and over again?
It's a pity god dosen't work a miracle
and protect the children, instead of just watching.

Anonymous said...

12:19 PM-God left us all to chance after the Garden of Eden/forbidden fruit thing. Humans devised the whole religious demonitation system we know today. So, we only have ourselves to blame for any inaction.

Anonymous said...

BTW Anonymous 11:48 - St. Patrick School is *very* ethnically diverse.

Anonymous said...

Kudos to the principal. I'm sure it isn't easy to 'blow the whistle' on your boss, especially when he is a priest. According to the Bishop's statement he was a popular priest. Too bad her warnings weren't heeded. You would think at the first inkling of trouble this document would come to mind and they would've turned over stuff immediately.

Anonymous said...

1:02 PM-I suppose maybe it is, although I really don't know. I'll take your word for it. That was just a bit of sarcasm directed at Tony.

Anonymous said...

"The purpose of the Circle of Grace program is to empower children to actively participate in a safe environment for themselves." Too bad they need a tool like that because the church policies make it impossible for teachers and principals to ensure a safe environment for kids. On the other hand, seems like it provided a way for the teachers to tell them to stay away from the creep without having to have inappropriate conversations.

rubigimlet said...

really great work, Tony. Finn should resign. In fact, I think other KC catholics like myself should begin writing his office to say so. Ratigan should have at MINIMUM been removed from his duties with children at the time of this letter.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who tries the link and gets the Google docs thing: if you are using Internet Explorer, you can simply RIGHT-click and choose "Convert to Adobe PDF".

Anonymous said...

Actually, as an educator in the state of Missouri, this administrator is required by state law to report any suspicion of inappropriate behavior to CPS. While I can understand letting the Diocese know what you're reporting, her failure to also report it to the authorities, with or without the permission of Bishop Finn is a tragic oversight at best.

Anonymous said...

Actually, CPS has guidelines for educators, and nothing in the document qualified. She would have LOVED to been able to report him to someone outside the diocese.

Anonymous said...

i the full doc she states as a concern that he took hundreds of photos, that got him arrested, obviously someone thought her concerns were justified. yeah the police and cps could have, would have done something that the bishop did not. it is easy to report to someone outside the dioese, just pick up the phone. 911

Anonymous said...

Finn kept this from police, parishioners, and the public for five months. That is totally against everything the church officials try to make us believe about how they care about protecting kids.


The Kanaas City diocese needs to have a Grand Jury Investigation, just like the recent grand jury investigation done in Philadelphia.. which resulted in the arrest of 3 predator priests, 1 teacher, and 1 high ranking priest for "Child Endangerment" ( covering up sex crimes against children )..


The Philly report also resulted in Cardinal Rigali having to remove over 2 dozen more priests who were accused of abuse but who were still working in parishes. The Philly diocese is NOT unique in the horrible way they handle child sex abuse. Every diocese in the world needs to be investigated by outside law enforcement.


If you have been harmed by Ratigan, do not report it to the diocese, it is a crime, so we urge you to please report it to the police.
..And keep in mind you are not alone..


Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511 ( SNAPJudy@gmail.com)
"Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests"

KC Pedo Priestt said...

They taste like chicken....

Anonymous said...

..And now we learn that Finn kept this from the police, parishioners, and the public for over a year now.

If anyone has knowledge of sex abuse by any clergy in the KC diocese, please report it to the police.

tks, Judy Jones, SNAP

Anonymous said...

Nice tkc....don't stop

Anonymous said...

All little kids learn about their private parts. That is part of what the Circle of Grace is, kids learning what is appropriate touch and what isn't. Circle of Grace just puts it in a relgious realm.

Anonymous said...

anon 4:17

you don't get it. Do you think a teacher or principal watched him take an illegal photo? If you do you are a fool. Inappropriate doesn't make illegal. The inappropriate photos were reportedly turned into the the diocese via this letter and they did nothing. The apparent illegal photo was found on his computer a few days ago.

Anonymous said...

The most mind boggling part of this tragedy is that their own diocesan "Children's Safety Curriculum and Training" (which the bishops set up to look like they care about the safety of children), was actually trying to work. Those employees, who go through this training process that is forced upon them by the bishops, were doing their job.

BUT.. Bishop Finn flat out ignored their own policy and procedures.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511
snapjudy@gmail.com
"Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests" and all clergy
http://www.snapnetwork.org/

Anonymous said...

WHAT IN THE WORLD!
I am CONSTANTLY being told not to judge because I don't have all the facts... Bishop Finn made a mistake, and regrets it... haven't you ever wished you could take something back???

NOT FOR A YEAR AND A HALF!

I am so angry that this man and this diocese is in charge of my childrens welfare and people have the nerve to tell ME that I'M damaging the church by speaking out!!! What IS THIS??? The Twighlight Zone?!?!?

I need to calm down and catch my breath. I don't want to make any rash statements that I can rework after the fact....
~Marianne Cascone
(I don't do Anon)

Anonymous said...

should have previewed that... 'CAN'T rework...'

MDLQ said...

"panties in the planter?".........
...get me a rope!

Anonymous said...

I am livid too, but not at Julie Hess, not at Mike Lewis (our deacon) but at Bishop Finn and the people at the diocese. St Pat's is an amazing community and the teachers and staff and administration at the school are top notch. My kids will remain in the school, we will continue to become more involved in the community, but believe me when I swear that this.isn't.over. Hell hath no fury like what I have experienced myself and through others in the last week.

Anonymous said...

A word about the "panties in the planter". . . if I weren't a parishioner I wouldn't know this, so I want to make sure you all don't get the wrong idea. At the time of the planting, everyone who knew of the panties was grossed out, but he was a brand-new priest (and for that reason had lived in the house for only a short time.) It would have been easy to say he had no idea of how they got there. Those of us who know the priest he replaced had no doubt on whose watch it happened, but accusations would have been worthless.

Anonymous said...

Murphy and Finn must go. Keep the pressure up.

Anonymous said...

If anything happens to the principal or staff all heck will break out. The St. Pat's community will not stand for it. The school is staffed by exceptional people who did their job and the parish will not allow anything to happen to them when they did all they could and the diocese did nothing

Angry Squirrel 63 said...

http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/diocese-warned-priests-aberrant-behavior-one-year-arrest?sms_ss=facebook&at_xt=4ddf360a996f251b%2C0

Anonymous said...

I hear there's a petition going around demanding Finn's resignation.

Where do I sign???

Anonymous said...

I am a Christian, though not a Catholic. I don't hate the Catholic church, but I am coming to the believe that the heirarchy is permeated with pedophiles and protecting their own.

Finn should certainly resign, and if he tries to flee to Vatican City, the pope should block him.

Anonymous said...

A protestant preacher can be dismissed without him having done anything illegal. Shame the Catholics can't just do that, too.

Anonymous said...

Some behavior can be seen as harmless. But a grown man with stuffed animals all over his house, doll clothes shaped kitchen towels AND a little girls panties? Seriously, people, this guy is twisted. I can't imagine allowing my kid to be anywhere near this guy after seeing that stuff at his house. I also can't imagine not reporting to law enforcement and placing a hotline call, especially if I write a letter to the bishop and the bishop does nothing.

Anonymous said...

here is a brand new petition being circulated...please spread
the word...thanks.


http://www.petitiononline.com/4530971/petition.html

Anonymous said...

I am a former teacher and know that sometimes even when you're doing the right thing, you can get slammed by those more powerful. I pray that the community and St. Pat's parish and school will stand with Ms. Hess. She did a brave thing.