Report faults Catholic diocese in Ratigan investigation

(Kansas City Star) For months after finding troubling images on a computer, the Catholic diocese tried on its own to deal with Father Shawn Ratigan.

As a result, a report released Thursday said, the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph went off track, bungling its own investigation and failing to even follow its own policies.

An investigation by a former federal prosecutor found that “individuals in positions of authority reacted to events in ways that could have jeopardized the safety of children in diocesan parishes, schools and families.”