A circuit judge has upheld an arbiter's decision that the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese pay $1.1 million for breach of terms of a 2008 settlement.
Kansas City, Mo.
A group seeking to deliver a petition to Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., Bishop Robert Finn on behalf of a fired gay foot pantry coordinator met resistance Wednesday afternoon as they attempted to enter the downtown chancery offices.
A group of about 30 people carried a copy of an online petition with more than 32,000 signatures asking that Finn apologize to Colleen Simon -- a woman dismissed from her parish position after her same-sex marriage was inadvertently made public by a local newspaper -- and to give her job back.
Colleen Simon says the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., diocese hired her aware of her sexual orientation and marital status, then fired her for it.
SNAP says breach of contract suit filed against Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese is first of its kind, and a huge victory for survivors of clerical sex abuse.
In summer 2013, Kansas City Royals players, staff and fans teamed up to rally the community around an effort to lend a helping hand.
Retired Bishop Raymond J. Boland of Kansas City-St. Joseph died Feb. 27 in Cork, Ireland, in a hospice facility surrounded by his family. He was 82.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated March 4 in Ireland.
Bishop Robert W. Finn, who succeeded Boland as head of the Missouri diocese in 2005, said the retired prelate had returned to Ireland from Kansas City with his brother, retired Bishop J. Kevin Boland of Savannah, Ga., Feb. 22 "to fulfill his wish to be buried in his native country."
The apostolic nuncio to the U.S. wrote to Kansas City Catholics to say he received and forwarded their request for action to the Vatican.
Local Catholics say the church's lack of response to Bishop Robert Finn's misdemeanor conviction has caused further spiritual harm to the diocese.
Eight nuclear protestors in Kansas City were handed out an unusual sentence by Judge Ardie Bland for their crime of trespassing.
The appointment of Caitlin Hendel came after a nationwide search and was made Nov. 16 during the NCR board's fall meeting. Thomas C. Fox will remain publisher of the company.