KC diocese disputes order to pay $1.1 million in sexual abuse case

The order, issued March 23 by arbitrator Hollis Hanover, stems from a lawsuit filed three years ago alleging that the diocese and Bishop Robert Finn violated parts of a 2008 settlement. The issue that sparked the concerns was the diocese’s failure to immediately report the Rev. Shawn Ratigan after finding disturbing images of young girls on the priest’s laptop computer in late 2010.

Mary Sanchez

Diocese case is for the children

The former teacher liked what she heard from Jackson County Judge Bryan Round on Wednesday. He seemed to understand. To grasp why she and about a dozen others attended the hearing to determine if a breach-of-contract ruling ordering the diocese to pay a $1.1 million will stand. It’s for the children.


Hobby Lobby to plant Bible museum in capital

The project is raising concern in some quarters that the museum could blur the line between educating and evangelizing. Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby and the son of its founder, has referred to the Bible as “a reliable historical document,” and, as part of the museum project, he is developing a curriculum to “reintroduce this book to this nation.”


Faith walk: Cherish the interwoven spider web of humanity

Faith Walk writer Sheila Sonnenschein looks at the violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories and sees the God-woven web of humanity being torn. One thread unraveling can impact the rest, but we can preserve the web by having dialogue, seeing the children in the situation and avoid thinking only about our own priorities.