Another Lawsuit Brought against Priest

By Sugar Creek
The Examiner
October 12, 2011

2011_10_12_Creek_AnotherLawsuit.htm An anonymous woman has filed a lawsuit against a former Kansas City priest who, following his retirement in 1992, served the Eastern Rite Catholic community at St. Luke Byzantine Catholic Church in Sugar Creek.

The woman, in her 60s, said Francis McGlynn sexually abused her in 1963 and 1964 in a janitor's closet at St. Catherine's Catholic School in Kansas City, according to court documents.

The woman reported that she had "repressed all memory of these events from her consciousness" until 2011.

According to documents, McGlynn also was known "to publicly snap girls bra straps and engage in other actions that crossed the bounds of appropriate behavior."

These actions "were sufficiently well known," and "that others knew or should have known of (McGlynn's) impropriety."

The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St.Joseph said in a news release that it has had no contact with the plaintiff, nor has it reviewed the lawsuit, and cannot comment on the specifics of her allegations.

However, the diocese released background on McGlynn:

"The diocese received the first complaint of sexual misconduct involving McGlynn in April 2002. After meeting with this individual and receiving recommendations from the Independent Review Board in July 2002, Bishop Raymond J. Boland, now retired, informed McGlynn that he could no longer present himself as a Roman Catholic priest. Bishop Boland also notified the Eparchy of Parma (which operated the Eastern Rite Catholic community at St. Luke Byzantine Catholic Church in Sugar Creek) that McGlynn could no longer perform any ministry with the Byzantine Catholic Church.

"After the diocese took these actions based on a single report made in April 2002, it received two other complaints about McGlynn, in 2003 and 2004, based on incidents that had occurred decades ago."

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