“With God’s grace …we can become more and more the Church Jesus has called us to be. It is my conviction if we proclaim faithfully the truth of the Gospel while radiating the authentic hope and joy that is the natural consequence of knowing and following Jesus, then our lives will draw others to desire the source of our hope and joy.”Archbishop Joseph Naumann
We believe in the power of truth. We encourage survivors of abuse to report directly to civil authorities. We conduct an objective and fair investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by those working in the Church.
Life is precious and every child and adult has a right to their dignity. We strive to honor that dignity in our response to sexual abuse and harm.
We commit to due process and work towards a just response to abuse. We address the wounds caused by sexual abuse in the Church using restorative theory; working to atone for the sin of abuse and any harm that occured from that abuse.
William Haegelin Announcement
With deep sorrow for the suffering of victims and survivors of abuse, the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas (“Archdiocese”) announces that William Haegelin, a priest who was removed from ministry in 2002 and laicized in 2004, has been the subject of a substantiated allegation of sexual abuse of a minor. Mr. Haegelin’s name had been listed among the Archdiocese’s Substantiated Clergy Offenders under the category “Previously Publicized Allegations Not Able to Be Substantiated” but is now listed under the category “Substantiated Allegations of Clergy Sexual Abuse of a Minor.” The list may be found at www.archkck.org.
William Haegelin was the subject of an investigation in 2002 that led to an inaccurate determination and announcement that he did not sexually abuse a minor. The Archdiocese is particularly grateful for this survivor’s courage and strength in coming forward to challenge the decision to categorize Mr. Haegelin’s allegation as not able to be substantiated. Due to this persistence, we are now able to acknowledge more fully the harm to the survivor and to better assist and support their healing. Archbishop Naumann offers his sincere apology to the survivor, their family and community.
Mr. Haegelin served in the following parishes/schools during his time in the Archdiocese:
St. Agnes, Roeland Park
Blessed Sacrament, Kansas City
Bishop Ward High School, Kansas City
Christ the King, Kansas City
St. Lawrence, Easton, & St. Joseph of the Valley, Leavenworth
Immaculata High School, Leavenworth
Sacred Heart – St. Casimir, Leavenworth
St. Ann, Prairie Village
Archbishop Naumann urges anyone harmed by William Haegelin to contact both law enforcement and the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese takes very seriously its obligation to address any allegation of abuse or misconduct by church personnel. The archdiocesan victim care advocate will accompany victim/survivors through the archdiocesan process.
To report any allegations of abuse, contact the Kansas Protection Report Center at 800.922.5330. If there is immediate danger or someone is injured, call local law enforcement as well. If the suspected abuse or misconduct involves an Archdiocesan cleric, employee or volunteer, please also contact Jan Saylor on the Confidential Report Line at 913.647.3051 or www.archkck.org/reportabuse. Ms. Saylor will connect anyone reporting harm to the victim care advocate who will offer immediate support.