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Oct
03
2011
Documents: | 12:36 PM          
Civil Complaint Against Diocese of Belleville and Fr. Raymond Kownacki

Civil Complaint against the Diocese of Belleville and Fr. Raymond Kownacki filed in St. Clair County, Illinois on October 3, 2011 by St. Paul, Minnesota Attorney Jeff Anderson.

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Sep
23
2011
Article: DeAnn Smith, Digital Content Manager | 8:30 AM          
Family: Bishop, Diocese pretended to be 'sophisticated incompetents'

Another lawsuit has been filed alleging that Bishop Robert Finn and other Catholic Church leaders strove to cover up Father Shawn Ratigan taking sexually explicit pictures of young girls. An unidentified girl and her parents are suing The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Bishop Robert Finn and Ratigan. Some of the allegations are similar to a previous lawsuit by another girl's family but also includes explosive new allegations about the lengths that Diocese leaders and Finn went to keep the issue from going public. These allegations include claiming that...

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Sep
22
2011
Documents: | 12:55 PM          
Federal Child Exploitation Lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Kansas City and Ratigan

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Documents: | 12:50 PM          
Parents of child porn victim file lawsuit against priest, Kansas City Diocese and Bishop Finn

Using a little known federal child pornography statute known as Masha’s Law, attorneys for a child porn victim of Father Shawn Ratigan filed a lawsuit today in United States District Court - Western District of Missouri, against the priest, Bishop Robert Finn, and the Diocese of Kansas City.

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Sep
15
2011
Article: Bill Donovan | 3:49 PM          
High court revives Shiprock priest abuse case

A Navajo man who alleges that he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest more than 25 years ago will get his day in tribal court. The Navajo Nation Supreme Court this week overturned a decision by the Shiprock District Court that dismissed the suit on grounds it was filed too late. The suit was filed in May 2007, more than 20 years after the alleged abuse occurred.

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Sep
14
2011
Article: Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel | 3:31 PM          
Creditors' attorneys in archdiocese bankruptcy attack cemetery trust

Attorneys for the creditors in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy are attacking the validity of its $50 million cemetery trust, saying it was created in 2007 to defraud victims of clergy sex abuse. The creditors committee, composed of victim-survivors, filed a counterclaim Tuesday against the trust and its sole trustee, Archbishop Jerome Listecki, asking the bankruptcy court to void the 2008 transfer of $55 million into the account, and to declare the trust invalid. If the trust is declared valid, it argues, the court should require the archdiocese to trace all deposits to ensure that as...

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Sep
13
2011
Documents: | 12:29 PM          
Navajo Nation Supreme Court: Tribal court must hear case of priest who sexually abused Navajo child on reservation

News Release September 13, 2011   Navajo Nation Supreme Court:   Tribal court must hear case of priest who sexually abused Navajo child on reservation   Ruling reverses lower court that dismissed case based on a 20-year delay of reporting   Allows lawsuit against Franciscan priest, his order and the Diocese of Gallup to move forward   (St. Paul, MN) A prominent Minnesota law firm, known throughout the county for pioneering the use of civil litigation against clergy who sexually abuse children, achieved a major victory last week when the Navajo Na...

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Sep
07
2011
Documents: | 1:07 PM          
Order denying legionaries of Christ Motion to Strike

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Documents: | 12:53 PM          
Vatican Cover-up Case of World Wide Predator Allowed to go Forward

A Connecticut judge’s ruling today will allow a high-profile child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit to move forward.  It involves a prominent cleric who was close to Pope John Paul II and the controversial religious order he founded and led for decades. In a 15 page Memorandum of Decision issued today... 

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Sep
06
2011
Article: Scott Theisen | 7:30 PM          
Crookston Diocese Settles With Alleged Victim

A woman who says she was sexually abused by a former priest in northern Minnesota when she was 14 has reached a $750,000 settlement that requires the Diocese of Crookston to warn parishioners about the abuse and take steps to protect kids in the future. Megan Peterson, now 21, of Thief River Falls, appeared at a news conference Tuesday in St. Paul to announce the settlement. She chose to come forward "to let people know they are not alone." "I'm here today to speak my truth, and to protect kids," she said. Peterson says she was a teenager with aspirations of becoming a nun when she was rape...

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