Kansas priest suspended as conduct probe unfolds
Jul. 18, 2017
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — An associate pastor at two suburban Kansas City churches is suspended as state child-welfare workers and the archdiocese investigate his conduct, in one case involving a juvenile, the governing Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas said Tuesday.
The archdiocese said in a statement that Father Scott Kallal was pulled from public ministry duties after two sources accused him of "boundary violations." The archdiocese added that its preliminary investigation "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."
Archdiocese spokeswoman Anita McSorley declined to elaborate.
The archdiocese said Kallal's suspension was announced last weekend during Masses at two churches he served — Overland Park's Holy Spirit Church and St. Patrick Church in Kansas City, Kansas.
The Kansas Department for Children and Families declined to comment Tuesday. Messages left by The Associated Press with police in Overland Park and Kansas City, Kansas, weren't returned.
Kallal does not have a listed telephone number and couldn't be reached.
"Father Kallal denies any moral misconduct or malicious intent and has agreed to undergo evaluation and counseling," Tuesday's archdiocese statement said. "The archbishop asks for prayers for all involved in this situation and reminds Catholics of the presumption of innocence unless proof indicates otherwise."
The archdiocese said its statement also will appear in Friday's edition of The Leaven, the archdiocese's official publication