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    MO - Priest Charged With Posession Of Child Pornography

    Father Shawn Francis Ratigan is a rat. The Kansas City Priest has been arrested for posession of child pornography.

    ....................and here's the unholy truth. The Diocese was aware of this back in December. There's some cockamamey excuse as why the Church Officials didn't come forward immediately. Read link for more information.

    The pornography was of schoolgirsl where they were videoed up their skirts.


    http://www.kansascity.com/2011/05/19...ossession.html

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    Ohhhhhhhh look Father has a Facebook.

    Listed among his faves are some Scout troop, and youth minister cr*p*lla.





    http://www.facebook.com/people/Fr-Sh...igan/539679534


    And to make matters even worse Father made the news last December. Carbon Monoxide poisioning. Father didn't show for Mass and people went a lookin for him. They found him in grave condition. More at link.

    http://www.kctv5.com/news/26187733/detail.html

    Alrightie so was this after he got busted? Was the rat gonna off himself via carbon monoxide or is this a miracle and sign he survived?





    Ah-ha! Bishop Finn reassigned Ratigan to work with the nuns. Gotta wonder when that happened. My bet is after he got caught.


    http://saintpatrick-kc.com/announcements/
    Last edited by Filly; 05-19-2011 at 06:42 PM.

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    WOW!!! The Catholic church sure is messed up...STILL!!!
    My book, More Than Just A Pretty Face, about the unidentified photos of Rodney Alcala, will be published in 2017. Please visit and join my Facebook group to get all of the most recent information.





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    Quote Originally Posted by norest4thewicked View Post
    WOW!!! The Catholic church sure is messed up...STILL!!!

    As a Catholic I wouldn't say the entire Church is still covering, but this one sure smacks of such. Right?

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    Seriously I don't know what to say about this. Timeline.





    http://www.kctv5.com/news/27971815/detail.html

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    Accused Priest under Suicide Watch:

    http://www.kmbc.com/r/27970159/detail.html

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    "Profoundly saddened"? Truly? So the diocese has been sitting around profoundly saddened for 6 months and did NOTHING right about that profound sadness? Jeesh. They take copies of the photos and give the computer to the family? I can hardly add up the number of mistakes made here. I'm glad that SNAP is involved and agree that church officials have a lot of explaining to do.

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    Ratigan's FB photo shows a "cool guy" priest. No doubt he was popular with the kids. The Harley and all. Even invited to a child's birthday party by parents. What does this tell you? Lots of access over the years. Lots.

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    http://www.kansascity.com/2011/05/23...-to-child.html

    Priest pleads not guilty to child porn charges


    "A Roman Catholic priest pleaded not guilty today in Clay County court to criminal charges of possessing child pornography. Shawn Francis Ratigan, 45, of Kansas City, North is accused of taking pornographic photos of children around churches and schools where he had worked in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Ratigan, who remains in custody on $200,000 bond, was charged last week with three counts of possessing child pornography...."

    more at link


    It just really fries me that Bishop Finn took it upon himself to "restrict" Ratigan. It was only when Ratigan didn't follow the restrictions ie. a reasonably important one like staying away from kids, that the diocese contacted LE months later. Jeesh.

    Maybe Ratigan will run into Roland and Burrell Mohler, Sr. at the Clay County Jail. They might not similar religious views but they sure share some other interests.

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    So Bishop Finn not only didn't turn the computer over to LE immediately, he also failed to act on reports from teachers and parents about Ratigan's inappropriate behavior with children. Will there be some sort of sanction for Bishop Finn's fail to report?

    I guess this is right in line with the Vatican's new "guidelines". They merely suggest that Bishops work with LE. Those guidelines are not going to change a single thing, I'm afraid. I don't want to be disrespectful of the Bishop, however I cannot ignore the way he phrased his statement..."I owe it to the people to say things must change." Not to institute change but to just say it. Not enough.


    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/...4561306535928/

    Priest charged with child pornography
    May 27, 2011

    "A Catholic priest who spent a lot of time with children at a Kansas City, Mo., parish school has been charged with possession of child pornography. Investigators say the Rev. Shawn Ratigan, who was arrested last week and is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail, had pictures of children that looked like they had been taken in the parishes and schools where he worked..."

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    "...A technician found the images on Ratigan's laptop in December and turned it over to officials in the Missouri diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, the Star said. But the church only gave it to law enforcement this month...."

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    "...Bishop Robert Finn admitted at a news conference Friday the diocese was too slow to act and to heed early warnings about Ratigan's conduct. "I must also acknowledge my own failings," Finn said. "As bishop, I owe it to people to say things must change...."

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    "...The head of St. Patrick School told the diocese a year ago teachers and parents were concerned about the priest's behavior. His reported actions included allowing young girls to sit on his lap, rubbing their backs and taking what were described as "hundreds" of pictures..."

    more at link


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    Bishop Finn can't be sorry enough.

    I wonder if that's because he's now fearing he's going to be held accountable for covering this all up or he's just truly sorry?

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    This story is local to me-- I had no idea there was a thread about Ratigan here. I have some friends who, in the past, worked closely with this man.

    As a Catholic, I am absolutely disgusted with the diocese, especially Bishop Finn. I think he needs to be held accountable for the cover-up and be made an example of. I believe that this would have been kept private had someone not pressured the diocese to give the info LE. I think someone told them "you have X amount of days to go to the cops or I will go."

    I would also like to know why the computer person who first found the images didn't go to LE right away.

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    davehead--Good question. I've wondered if the tech might have been a member of the church. He surely only went half way in doing the right thing. And note how many months went by before Ratigan was arrested. Surely the tech was watching the situation. When nothing happened, he could and should have contacted LE.

    Here in Oregon, we have a new law which requires an immediate report to LE concerning any child pornography found during computer maintenance. There's a stiff penalty if you don't. In essence, computer techs have become mandated reporters. Check your state law and see what it says. The tech might be held accountable. He should be, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Filly View Post
    Bishop Finn can't be sorry enough.

    I wonder if that's because he's now fearing he's going to be held accountable for covering this all up or he's just truly sorry?
    He's a pretty decent bishop from everything I've read, but he's about to go through a firestorm of public scrutiny. There's zero tolerance for this sort of thing now.

    By the way, I tried to send you a private message but couldn't, since your mailbox is full. You have to clear some messages!

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    I'm not so sure about the "zero tolerance". Have you read the article about the Vatican's new guidelines? We have a thread. Seems that they are merely suggesting that Bishops work with LE, not mandating it.

    I have no doubt that Bishop Finn is a great guy and a wonderful Bishop but this is one area that the clergy better buckle down and get with the program, IMO.

    We have a similar situation going on with the Keith Brown case in Utah and the Susan Brock case in Arizona. Both are members of the Mormon faith and both had Bishops who knew about their sexual abuse of a child/children and failed to report (or reported far later) to LE. Same with the Mohler group. Their Bishop knew years ago. None of these Bishops have faced any charges even though LE has recommended it.

    I wish zero truly meant zero.

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