Diocese Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuits against Priests
Motions Claim 3 Lawsuits Were Not Clearly Stated [Kansas City MO]
November 19, 2003

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has asked for dismissal of lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of minors by two priests.

The diocese said that claims in three lawsuits naming former priest Hugh Monahan and another naming former priest Francis McGlynn were not clearly stated, as required by court rules. The diocese made its claims in motions filed Monday in Jackson County Court.

All the suits blame the diocese for not taking action against the priests. Diocesan officials said that they were unaware of the alleged abuse.

The attorney for the plaintiffs called the motions for dismissal a technical defense that was unrelated to the merits of the claims.

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