A disgraceful Kansas City Catholic legacy of abuse continues to undermine attempts at reconciliation.
Here's a roundup of advocacy today as victims and their advocates continue to press their concerns.
STL: Missouri's stilted probe of clergy abuse must not be the last word on the issue.
This progress toward justice is at best minimal.
A dozen possible prosecutions looks like a token next to the 74 criminal investigations underway in Kansas, which has less than half Missouri’s population. Could it be because the Missouri investigation left out the Jesuits and other orders that are home to a significant portion of Catholic clergy? Or that investigators contacted few if any of the Missouri activists and attorneys who have focused for years on clergy abuse and could have offered deep and relevant expertise?
Most problematic is Schmitt’s failure to investigate the church leadership’s protection of the priests, saying it wasn’t part of his “mandate.” Isn’t it always part of the attorney general’s mandate to confront criminal activity — which failure to report child abuse very much is? As Kansas City attorney Rebecca Randles, who specializes in these cases, told us: “There is no way to address this issue without addressing the cover-up.”
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I WANT TO SEE JUSTICE NOW KELEIGH: TOM VIVIANO IS A SURVIVOR OF SEX ABUSE WITHIN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. HE AND OTHERS LIKE HIM SAY THE ABUSE IS WORSE ON ONE SIDE OF THE STATE LINE THEY ARE NOT IN JAIL IN FACT MY PERPETRATOR IS TWO BLOCKS AWAY FROM THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A survivors group wants Missouri to do more to investigate claims of sex abuse in the Catholic Church. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says an attorney general's investigation into the problem is incomplete.
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