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Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph to Pay for Failure to Report Abuse / The New York Times

According to The New York Times, an arbitrator’s ruling could set precedent in holding the Catholic Church accountable for promises to protect children, and the arbitrator also wrote that the diocese “was and is constitutionally incapable of placing the preservation and protection of the clergy culture in a subordinate position to any other consideration, including the timely reporting of a priest involved in the use of diocesan children as pornography models.”

A Roman Catholic diocese in Missouri has been ordered to pay $1.1 million to victims of sexual abuse for breaking its promises on improving the way it deals with abuse cases.

“An arbitrator ruled that the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is responsible for damages after concluding that, contrary to a prior agreement, it did not promptly report a priest who had taken hundreds of pornographic photographs of young girls, according to a filing in circuit court in Jackson County, Mo …

“Lawyers said the arbitrator’s ruling could provide a template for other victims of sexual abuse across the country who have reached settlements with the Catholic Church but feel church officials have not lived up to their assurances that they would improve procedures to stem abuse …

“Hollis Hanover, the arbitrator, wrote in the court filing that he believed the diocese ‘was and is constitutionally incapable of placing the preservation and protection of the clergy culture in a subordinate position to any other consideration, including the timely reporting of a priest involved in the use of diocesan children as pornography models.’”

By Julie Bosman, The New York Times — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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In Rare Move, One Roman Catholic Diocese Sues Another over Transfer of Priest Accused of Sexually Abusing Boys / Associated Press

In a rare legal move, a Roman Catholic diocese in Minnesota is suing a diocese in Ireland, alleging it transferred a priest to Minnesota without warning that the man had been accused of sexual abuse. A report by Minnesota Public Radio News and KARE-TV said the Diocese of New Ulm filed the lawsuit in February against the Diocese of Clogher in Ireland and the Servants of the Paraclete religious order.” By Associated Press in Star Tribune — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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Priest & Two Lay People Will Receive Awards at Voice of the Faithful 10th Year Conference This Month

Voice of the Faithful® will present its Priest of Integrity Award and two St. Catherine of Siena Distinguished Lay Person Awards during its 10th Year Conference in Boston this month.

Fr. Patrick Bergquist

Fr. Patrick Bergquist, Voice of the Faithful Priest of Integrity Award recipient.

Fr. Patrick Bergquist, a priest from Roman Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska, will receive Voice of the Faithful’s® Priest of Integrity Award. This marks VOTF’s tenth presentation of the Priest of Integrity Award since its founding in 2002. The Priest of Integrity Award, while recognizing that most priests work faithfully and often anonymously in their ministries, acknowledges specific actions demonstrating the leadership needed in the Catholic Church. Read the announcement of Fr. Bergquist’s award by clicking here.

Joseph O'Callaghan

Joseph O’Callaghan, Voice of the Faithful St. Catherine of Siena Distinguished Lay Person Award recipient.

Phyllis Zagano

Phyllis Zagano, Voice of the Faithful St. Catherine of Siena Distinguished Lay Person Award recipient.

The Voice of the Faithful® St. Catherine of Siena Distinguished Lay Person Award recipients are Joseph F. O’Callaghan, Ph.D., of Norwalk, Connecticut, and Phyllis Zagano, Ph.D., of Hempstead, New York. Both authors and educators. This recognition represents only the fourth and fifth times in its 10-year history Voice of the Faithful® has presented the award. The St. Catherine of Siena Distinguished Lay Person award recognizes exemplary lay leaders who enthusiastically use their gifts in the Church’s service and whose example encourages all Catholics to use their talents for the betterment of the Church. Read the announcement of Joseph and Phyllis’ awards by clicking here.

The Voice of the Faithful® 10th Year Conference takes place Sept. 14-15 at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts.

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