Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese ordered into arbitration

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 | 9:29 a.m. CDT; updated 2:06 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 13, 2012

KANSAS CITY — A judge has ordered the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph into arbitration over a 2008 settlement with people who alleged they were abused by priests.

The Kansas City Star reports lawyers for 42 of the 47 plaintiffs who settled their claims against the diocese for $10 million demanded arbitration last year.

They say the diocese had not lived up to requirements in the settlement in its handling of two priests who are accused of sexual misconduct.

The Rev. Shawn Ratigan is scheduled for trial in August on federal child pornography charges. And the Rev. Michael Tierney faces civil lawsuits alleging that he abused the plaintiffs.

Ratigan has pleaded not guilty, and Tierney has denied any wrongdoing.

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