Rev. Michael Tierney, a priest from the Kansas City-area, also one of the named priests on the list of clergy credibly accused of sexually abusing minors, has passed away at age 76.
The Rev. Michael Tierney died on Dec. 15, 2020.
Tierney had been named in several civil lawsuits that accused him of sexual abuse of minors. The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph removed him from all pastoral assignments back in 2011, however, he was never prosecuted.
The list of credibly accused priests recognizes canonical trial as “decreed guilt in multiple cases.”
Tierney was ordained in 1969 and served in St. Joseph and Kansas City parishes. He was removed from his last posting at Christ the King in Kansas City, by diocesan officials in June 2011.
Tierney had continually denied the allegations.
In 2010, the first law suit filed against Tierney accused him of abusing a 13-year-old boy in the 1970s. Tierney asked the boy to move furniture at his mother’s house and then allegedly fondled and groped him. About a year later, another lawsuit ws filed against Tierney, making it the 5th lawsuit against him accusing him of sexually abusing an altar boy at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.
Tierney was listed with the other 12 priests named in a 47-plaintiff case in 2008, which settled for $10 Million.
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