Statement regarding Father Scully

DENVER — On Feb. 25, the Capuchin Province of Mid-America (St. Conrad) in Denver, initiated an investigation of Father Michael Scully, OFM Cap., who is a member of the province, after receiving an allegation of sexual abuse that originated from his ministry outside of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. 

The Capuchin province reports that, after investigation by an independent investigator and review by the Capuchin province’s Independent Review Board, Father Scully has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann has accepted the recommendations and findings of the Capuchin province in this matter, and has approved the return of Father Scully to ministry in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. Effective immediately, Father Scully will return to his assignment at Haskell Indian Nations University Catholic Campus Center, Lawrence.

The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas takes all allegations of misconduct by church personnel very seriously and works to respond to survivors’ needs with urgency, respect and compassion. We encourage anyone with knowledge about any misconduct by any church volunteer, employee, religious or clergy member to contact civil authorities first, and then make a report to our confidential report line at (913) -647-3051 or online at www.archkck.org/reportabuse.

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Todd Habiger

Todd has been the production manager for The Leaven since 1995. Under his direction The Leaven has won multiple design awards from the Catholic Press Association. Prior to working at The Leaven, Todd was an award-winning writer for The Catholic Key newspaper in Kansas City, Mo. Todd is married to Lori Wood Habiger, a former Leaven employee herself. They have two children — Paige and Connor, and one dog — Joli.

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