Bishop Signs Priest Abuse Settlement

Bishop Finn signs settlement
Bishop Robert Finn

KANSAS CITY, MO. — A settlement is now official for 47 victims who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of their own priests.

The abuse spanned decades in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese of the Catholic Church.

All parties agreed on the global settlement earlier this week. But, late Thursday, it became final when Bishop Robert Finn signed it.

It’s been six years since the victims started filing lawsuits naming 11 Catholic priests and one brother.

The settlement worth $10 million is the first of its kind in the state of Missouri.

One of the attorneys for the victims released a statement after the bishop signed off.

“Not one client entered this process believing that monetary compensation for their decades of pain was possible; each wanted only to protect future generations of Kansas City’s children from the anguish they carry.”