Process and Use of Funds Regarding Abuse
“We have always in my tenure as Archbishop and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement. To ensure that we have an accurate historical knowledge of how the Archdiocese has responded to allegations of misconduct, I have decided to engage an independent law firm with the expertise and staff to conduct a review of our priest personnel files going back to 1950.”
- Archbishop Naumann
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where do the funds for investigations of abuse come from?
The Cathedraticum. This is an annual portion as provided under Canon Law Section 1263 for the bishop to fund the administrative costs of the diocese. The amount and method varies by diocese. The Cathedraticum in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas is calculated by applying 5% to a portion of a parish’s income. The Chancery recorded Cathedraticum income of $3,390,990 and $3,185,945 in 2018 and 2017, respectively.
How much money has been spent to help victims of abuse?
In 2017, $9,292 was spent to to assist victims with healing. In 2018, $5,106 was spent in this category. Counseling to aid in healing is offered to all victims. A Healing Assistance Coordinator works with victims to receive assistance. In 2018, $25,000 was spent on a settlement.
Where do the funds for victims come from?
Does the Archdiocese financially support priests who have been accused?
Yes. The Code of Canon Law section 384 requires the diocesan bishop to provide for the priest's financial support and social assistance, including daily living expenses health insurance and retirement. Normally, that is facilitated through the parish via Canon 222.1 where the Christian faithful are obliged to provide for the decent support of its ministers, however, in the case where a diocesan priest is not assigned to a parish, the responsibility falls back to his bishop. In the cases of these priests, the amounts also include mental health counseling.
How are the priests supported financially?
Compensation until they find other employment, health and retirement, occasionally other, such as the education expense listed below.
The number of credibly accused priests in 2017 was 1. $26,054 was spent that year on pay, benefits and retirement contribution. $111,367 was spent on Mental Health Counseling; a total of $137,421. In 2018, 2 priests had been credibly accused. $51,372 was spent in 2018 on pay, benefits, and retirement contribution. $1,555 was spent on education (for alternative career). Mental Health Counseling cost $164,211 for a total of $217,138.
These priests have credible accusations but have not been tried and convicted in a court of law as the legal process is still pending.
How else do my gifts to the Archdiocese support clergy?
A permanent diaconate program funded by the Archdiocese Call to Share (ACTS), continuing education (Priesthood Present and Future), leave of absence (Cathedraticum); employed priests receive salary and benefits (funding depends on office). The Priest Pension Fund is funded through the Priesthood Present and Future Collection and ACTS, immigration expenses and support for extern priests (Cathedraticum). We pay off seminarian student loans (Priesthood Present and Future), all health and dental (their employer), housing (their employer), car allowance (their employer), and food (their employer).
What has been spent specifically to protect children?
In 2017, $280,201 was spent on Child Protection efforts. This number increased to $311,892 in 2018. All archdiocesan employees and volunteers who have substantial contact with children and youth are required to complete on-going training for the protection of minors. Additionally, the archdiocese conducts criminal background checks on each person undergoing this training. Compliance with this program is checked by the archdiocesan internal auditor on a rotational basis as well as United States Conference of Catholic Bishops auditors on an annual basis. This office also provides for an investigator. For additional information on how this money is spent please click below:
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