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Oct
06
2011
Documents: | 5:35 PM          
Complaint: KC-St. Joseph Diocese Violated Terms of Abuse Settlement

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Documents: | 11:34 AM          
Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese violated 2008 settlement agreement while dealing with Fr. Ratigan porn case

Thirty-eight victims of clergy abuse in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph filed a lawsuit today saying specific actions required by their 2008 court approved settlement agreement with the diocese was breached at least 18 times as church officials responded to reports of Father Shawn Ratigan’s involvement...

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Oct
04
2011
Article: GEORGE PAWLACZYK - News-Democrat | 8:49 AM          
Another suit filed against former Belleville priest accused in earlier case

A man who became the caretaker for the Rev. Raymond Kownacki -- whose sexual abuse of a minor cost the Catholic Diocese of Belleville more than $6 million -- has filed suit against the 76-year-old priest. In a lawsuit filed Monday in St. Clair County Court, the plaintiff is identified only as "John Doe, S.W." The complaint states that the plaintiff was a 16-year-old boy at St. Mary's Parish in Valmeyer when he was sexually abused by Kownacki from 1985-87. Kownacki was the parish priest. According to a complaint, "Defendant Kownacki engaged in unwanted and harmful sexual conduct...

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Oct
03
2011
Documents: | 12:58 PM          
New lawsuit filed today agains tthe Diocese of Belleville and Father Raymond Kownacki

St. Paul, Minnesota-based child abuse attorney Jeff Anderson filed a new lawsuit today against the Diocese of Belleville and Father Raymond Kownacki on behalf of a St. Louis area man who was sexually abused by Kownacki as a child. Kownacki, who worked for decades within the Diocese of Belleville, is a well-known sexually abusive priest with numerous child...

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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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