MO- Notorious predator priest's sentence upheld, SNAP responds
By Mike Hunter
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
July 24, 2014
We are glad that a former Catholic priest has lost his bid to have his sentence overturned.
For the sake of his victims, we hope that Shawn Ratigan refrains from more far-fetched legal maneuvers. We also hope that Kansas City Catholic officials are not paying for his lawyers.
Now, it's clearer than ever that Ratigan will remain locked up for a long, long time. We hope this assurance helps enable others who saw, suspected or suffered his heinous crimes to come forward and get help. Struggling in silence is unhealthy. Sharing one's burden is the first step towards recovery.