Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese Sex Abuse Scandal

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  • Ratigan reviewed

    The KC-SJ Catholic Diocese reviews questionable images on the Rev. Shawn Ratigan's laptop
  • Ratigan reported

    The KC-SJ Catholic Diocese reports Ratigan to the police for possession of child pornography
  • Ratigan arrested

    Ratigan is arrested for possession of child pornography. He faces child pornography charges in Clay County, Mo., and federal court.
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    Finn receives criticism

    KC-SJ Catholic Diocese Bishop Robert Finn receives nationwide criticism for failing to report child abuse in a timely manner in the case of Ratigan.
  • Ombudsman added

    In response to public demands, the diocese adds the position of ombudsman, which moves the “gatekeeper function” outside of its supervision and under the authority of independent public liaison Jenifer Valenti.
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    Diocese conducts internal review

    The KC-SJ Catholic Diocese reviews the requirements for the mandatory reporting of abuse and neglect with more than 900 employees.
  • Graves Report published

    Finn commissions former U.S. Attorney Todd Graves to conduct an investigation of the policies and events that led to the crisis. The resulting report identifies shortcomings, inaction and confusing procedures in the diocese’s reporting of sexual abusers.
  • Finn indicted

    Bishop Robert Finn and the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese are indicted for failing to report child abuse to authorities. The charges create headlines around the country and make Finn the highest-ranking Catholic official in the U.S. to ever face criminal prosecution.
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    VIRTUS intervenes

    "VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children for Adults" urges the KC-SJ Catholic Diocese to to identify “rule breakers” in a timelier manner. (VIRTUS runs a mandatory training program for all bishops, priests and clergy who interact professionally with children and youth. The organization has partnered with more than 100 American dioceses, trained 2 million people nationwide and 21,000 in the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese.)