A 2019 report suggests that at least 24 Kansas priests have been involved in or are accused of sexual abuse of a minor. The investigation by the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph revealed that the priests, half of whom have passed away, were involved in abuse of younger churchgoers within the jurisdiction of the diocese. Of those named in the list, only six have been removed from the ranks of the Catholic Church.
Over Two Dozen Clergymen Accused
This list, published by the diocese, includes priests from numerous churches in and around the Kansas City area who have allegations or confirmed cases of sexual abuse to minors. The list contains names of those who abused children from 1956 to present day.
In March 2020, Reverend Peter Clement Vatter, who served the Diocese of Kansas – St. Joseph, was added to this list. Vatter received allegations that are now substantiated by an independent review board brought in by the bishop of the diocese. Reverend Vatter served at Immaculate Conception Parish in Moberly, which is now named St. Pius X Parish, located in Mission, Kansas.
Who Has Been Affected?
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It’s hard to know how many people have been harmed by the two dozen clergymen named by the diocese. Because sex abuse often leaves victims feeling guilty or ashamed, many never come forward their family or the police. Anyone who has been abused, whether by these clergymen or someone else, should know that they are not at fault, and it is healthy to let someone they trust know what happened to them.
A Stain on Society
Systemic abuse like this affects us all, and should prompt us to be both outraged and encouraged to act and speak up. Churchgoers should be able to gather and worship without being fearful for their safety or their children’s safety. Ultimately, a place of worship is not, and should not be, a place of secrets, fear, intimidation, or abuse of any kind.
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If you have been a victim of sexual abuse by a member of clergy within any denomination, or you suspect a loved one may have been abused, it’s time to act. Call our experienced and compassionate sexual abuse lawyers today. All consultations are free and completely confidential. If we represent you or your loved one, you pay nothing unless we win. Call (800) 794-0444 today.