Catholic archdiocese in KCK investigates claims of 'boundary violations' by priest
July 18, 2017
KANSAS CITY, Kan. —
The Kansas City, Kansas, Catholic Archdiocese announced Tuesday that investigations were underway after allegations of "boundary violations" were made against one of its priests.
The archdiocese said in a news release that the allegations against the Rev. Scott Kallal, AVI, came from two difference sources.
Officials said a preliminary investigation into the allegations by the archdiocese revealed violations of some of the archdiocese’s safe environment guidelines, which all clerics, employees and volunteers are asked to observe when interacting with young people.
Because one of the allegations involved a minor, the Kansas Department for Children and Families was notified. The investigation is ongoing.
The Independent Review Board has been asked to review the matter and make recommendations.
Kallal has been suspended from the exercise of his public ministry pending the outcome of the investigations.
The archdiocese said that Kallal denies any moral misconduct or malicious intent and has agreed to undergo evaluation and counseling.
Parishioners at Holy Spirit Church in Overland Park and St. Patrick Church in Kansas City, Kansas, were informed of the investigations over the weekend.