A controversial cleric with a disgraced reputation in Kansas City recently checked out and/or departed this mortal coil to meet his maker.
The news of his passing, of course, embarrassed the faithful yet again but this morning we want to highlight hope for redemption.
To wit . . .
ACTIVISTS AGAINST PRIEST SEX ABUSE CONTEND THAT THE PRIEST'S DEATH COULD HELP VICTIMS HEAL!!!
Here's the argument and a continued call for Kansas City victims to come forward . . .
A Catholic clergyman from the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph who faced multiple lawsuits for child sexual abuse has died. We hope that the news of his passing will bring comfort to the many people he irreparably harmed and will encourage other still-silent and suffering victims to come forward and get the help they need.
In addition to having been sued many times, Fr. Michael Tierney is also on the Diocesan list of clergy with “substantiated abuse allegations.” The entry for the priest on the list notes that a “canonical trial decreed guilt in multiple cases.”
Despite the fact that Catholic officials in Kansas City were notified of allegations against Fr. Tierney at least as early as 2008, the priest was only permanently removed from ministry in 2011. Sadly, this pattern of Diocesan delay and inaction is likely what allowed Fr. Tierney to hurt so many in the first place.
We do not celebrate Fr. Tierney’s death, but we recognize that the passing of abusers often makes their victims feel more comfortable and safer. We hope that those who were hurt by Fr. Tierney will feel that comfort and safety today and that any others who were hurt and have yet to come forward will find the strength and courage to do so now.
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