Catholic Diocese Settles Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

Catholic Diocese Settles Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has agreed to settle a sexual abuse lawsuit against two of its former priests for $60,000. One of the priests is currently retired, and the other resigned from his parish post in 1989.

Retired Monsignor Thomas J. O’Brien and former priest Thomas Reardon were accused of repeatedly sexually abusing the plaintiff when he was 14 years old in 1967. According to the plaintiff’s attorney, Sam Wendt, the man was prepared to take his case to trial.

“He would have, had the circumstances been different. [The defendants] approached me about getting this resolved, and that’s what he wanted to do,” said Wendt.

O’Brien and Reardon, both of whom still live in Kansas City, have been named in other lawsuits, which are still pending.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests held a news conference to urge the diocese to publish on its website the names of all clergy who have admitted to, proven guilty of, or “credibly accused” of sexual abuse.

Credible accusations are those made against the same priest by multiple victims.

“It will be one or more families coming forward, or more than one victim,” said Kay Goodnow, SNAP leader and Kansas City and former victim of sexual abuse by a priest.

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