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Kansas City Diocese Apologizes to Victims of Clergy Abuse

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has apologized to victims of priest sexual abuse and invited them to a series of prayer services. The Kansas City Star reports that the diocese sent letters last week from Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann to dozens of plaintiffs in sexual abuse lawsuits that resulted in multimillion-dollar settlements in 2008 and 2014. The letter also informed the victims of a series of prayer services, which begin Wednesday. Some victims and advocates say the moves are inadequate. Kansas City lawyer Rebecca Randles represented dozens of plaintiffs in lawsuits alleging priest sexual abuse. She says some of her clients see the apology and services as a breakthrough, but others are more cynical and want the church to ensure the safety of children.


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