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Allegations of Abuse by Priests

The Diocese of Kansas City St. Joseph sent out a report about Fr. Alan Hartway, a priest of the Society of the Precious Blood who sometimes assisted at Presentation. You can find the full report here: https://kcsjcatholic.org/2020/07/credible-allegation/. Bishop Johnston responded to news that prosecutors in Wyoming will not press charges against Bishop Joseph Hart, a former priest of this diocese. You can read Bishop Johnston’s statement here: https://kcsjcatholic.org/2020/06/statement-from-bishop-johnston/. You might have seen news about a lawsuit being filed regarding a former priest (now deceased) John Tulipana and Fr. Darvin Salazar, who may no longer present himself as a priest. Once those lawsuits have been received, the diocese may respond with a statement. Bishop Johnston and diocesan leaders recognize how difficult it can be for any survivor of clergy sexual abuse to come forward and appreciate the great courage it takes in making a report to the Church. The Diocese of Kansas City— St. Joseph takes very seriously any allegations of sexual abuse made against employees, clerics or volunteers who serve in the diocese. Anyone who has knowledge of such abuse or inappropriate behavior is encouraged to make a confidential report with the Ombudsman. If you were harmed by any person who has worked or volunteered for the diocese, no matter how long ago, the diocese wants to provide care and healing resources to you and your family. Please contact the Ombudsman, Joe Crayon, at 816.812.2500 or crayon@ombudsmankcsj.org.

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