KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Father Michael Scully, a Catholic priest from Lawrence, has been suspended due to allegations of child sexual abuse.
The Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas announced its suspension March 25 in The Leaven, an archdiocesan publication of Kansas City, Kansas.
Prior to his suspension, Scully worked at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Lawrence, Holy Family Parish in Eudora, and Haskell Indian Nations University Catholic Center in Lawrence.
“Upon publication of the allegation, the Province and the Archdiocese released Father Scully from the public exercise of priestly ministry pending the outcome of the investigation and review process,” The Leaven said. “The province has notified law enforcement, launched an independent investigation and assessment by its Independent Review Board, and is providing support to the person accusing him.”
The Leaven also said Scully denies the allegations and is “fully cooperating” with the investigation. The archdiocese said Scully will remain on leave until the independent investigation is complete and the independent review panel makes a recommendation.
SNAP, the survivors’ network of those abused by priests, said in a statement that they urge church officials “to use their considerable resources to aggressively seek out anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or cover-ups by Father Scully from his superiors or colleagues.”
“It is crucial that other potential victims, witnesses and whistleblowers are encouraged to come forward so that the truth can be determined, children can be protected, and victims can heal,” the SNAP statement read.