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Judge approves new settlements in child-porn lawsuits involving Kansas City priest

February 26, 2014

The Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph will pay $1.3 million to settle an additional lawsuit against a priest who has been sentenced to 50 years in prison on child pornography charges.

The lawsuit was brought by the parents of a young girl who was photographed by Father Shawn Ratigan. The failure of diocesan officials to alert law-enforcement officials to the evidence of pornography found on the priest’s computer eventually led to the criminal conviction of Bishop Robert Finn.

The diocese has now paid $3.75 million in settlements involving Ratigan, the Associated Press reported.


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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Feb. 26, 2014 8:17 AM ET USA

    Can the faithful sue Finn in civil court for having thrown their money away by his actions (or lack of same)?