KC Diocese Settles Abuse Lawsuit

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) A religious order and the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph have settled a 2012 lawsuit accusing a priest of sexual abuse.

The lawsuit was filed by a former Missouri man identified as John Doe M.R. against the Rev. James Urbanic, the diocese and the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Urbanic's religious order. The case was scheduled for trial in January.

The Kansas City Star reports the $130,000 settlement was finalized earlier this month.

Jack Smith, spokesman for the Diocese, says the diocese's share of the settlement was $65,000 and the diocese had no further comment on the case.

Stephen Torline, an attorney for Urbanic and the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, said the religious order also paid $65,000. He said both his clients declined comment.


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