Rev. Michael Tierney, now deceased, named in several lawsuits alleging sex abuse of altar boys

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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