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http://www.diocese-kcsj.org/news/viewNews.php?nid=269

My beloved bishop, Bp. Finn of the diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph has resigned. Pray for him, for us here, for Abp. Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, for those choosing his successor, and for whoever his successor will be.
As one who frequently attends the parish and knew (supposedly) well the priest who caused so many of the problems that bishop Finn is taking the heat for, I just want to say as publicly as I can that Bishop Finn is a holy bishop who loves Christ and His Church. He has many enemies, as does Christ and His Church.
I am saddened by this news. I followed the case closely as it was happening and still believe it was a hatchet job. No charges were ever laid against his Vicar General who was the one actually covering up the goings on. A certain publication, based in KC, has had it in for His Excellency ever since he first got there. It seems they've got their wish and Kansas City loses a wonderful, pastoral, Trad friendly Bishop.
Awful news.  Bishop Finn is a better Catholic and a better human being than his lousy critics could ever hope to be. 

Prayers for him and his successor, whoever it may be.  I'm beginning to wonder if there's a place for me in this brave new Church that is being built. The Pope seems to welcome everyone except "self-absorbed neo-Pelagians" like me.  :titanic:
(04-21-2015, 07:16 PM)Johnny Midnight Wrote: [ -> ]Awful news.  Bishop Finn is a better Catholic and a better human being than his lousy critics could ever hope to be. 

Prayers for him and his successor, whoever it may be.  I'm beginning to wonder if there's a place for me in this brave new Church that is being built. The Pope seems to welcome everyone except "self-absorbed neo-Pelagians" like me.  :titanic:

God can bring about good things through bad situations.  The crucifixion made the ressurection possible.  There will always be a place for traditional Catholics. We just might have to work harder to find it. 
Pope Francis has no problems with liberal heretics and homosexual activists running wild in the church but he removes Bishop Finn who recieved this situation from his predecessor another liberal. Finn is conservative and pro-tradition thats why he is being removed, watch what happens to Cordileone in San Francisco next. This Pope is unjust!!!!
For the many Catholics who admire Bishop Finn’s strong defense of Catholic teaching, including myself, his case is tragic. For others who opposed his pastoral initiatives—such as the National Catholic Reporter, which, Bishop Finn had confirmed, had lost the right to describe itself as a “Catholic” publication—his departure has provided an occasion for unseemly delight. But the bishop’s staunch orthodoxy is not the issue here.

Nor has orthodoxy been the primary problem through the whole long, sad history of the sex-abuse scandal. Bishops from both the ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’ wings of the US hierarchy have been exposed as negligent, or worse, in their handling of abusive priests. It is true that sympathetic reporters in the liberal secular media have spared a few prelates (Cardinal Mahony, Archbishop Weakland) from the grilling they deserved, while savaging others like Bishop Finn. Still, the bishops’ malfeasance was not caused by the media coverage; they brought the problem on themselves. And in the process they brought the problem on the faithful, on the universal Church.

http://www.catholicculture.org/commentar...fm?id=1085
A shame. Prayers for Texans who were under his pastoral care.
(04-22-2015, 02:17 AM)Orville_B_Croft Wrote: [ -> ]A shame. Prayers for Texans who were under his pastoral care.

Texans?
(04-22-2015, 01:19 AM)Poche Wrote: [ -> ]For the many Catholics who admire Bishop Finn’s strong defense of Catholic teaching, including myself, his case is tragic. For others who opposed his pastoral initiatives—such as the National Catholic Reporter, which, Bishop Finn had confirmed, had lost the right to describe itself as a “Catholic” publication—his departure has provided an occasion for unseemly delight. But the bishop’s staunch orthodoxy is not the issue here.

Nor has orthodoxy been the primary problem through the whole long, sad history of the sex-abuse scandal. Bishops from both the ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’ wings of the US hierarchy have been exposed as negligent, or worse, in their handling of abusive priests. It is true that sympathetic reporters in the liberal secular media have spared a few prelates (Cardinal Mahony, Archbishop Weakland) from the grilling they deserved, while savaging others like Bishop Finn. Still, the bishops’ malfeasance was not caused by the media coverage; they brought the problem on themselves. And in the process they brought the problem on the faithful, on the universal Church.

http://www.catholic culture.org/commentary/otn.cfm?id=1085

Bishop Finn DID discuss it with a police officer. That officer should have told him to file a police report.  The image that was first found, which was described to the officer, was not, legally-speaking, child pornography.  That police officer should have asked for more information. Even if the priest had just had an inappropriate picture, a police report certainly wouldn't have hurt- the police officer should have told him that.  Even if it wasn't "child pornography," it needed to be addressed, but the immediate concern to the bishop was the soul of his priest who had just attempted suicide. A soul of one's spiritual son who is in the most immediate spiritual danger likely caught the most of the bishop's attention at that moment. When that danger is not as immediate, then the rest of the situation can be dealt with.

Those who the priest victimized needed support, justice, and compassion, but even they were not in imminent danger of going to hell.
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