Uncertain Trumpets, Casual Malice: The Ordeal of Bishop Robert Finn

The Denial of Peter - Caravaggio

The Denial of Peter – Caravaggio

Et Unum Sint

By Charlie Johnston

This story has no heroes. There are villains; there are victims; there are those who were fumble-fistedly well-meaning; but there are no heroes.

It is a story for our time, a time when the mortar cementing the bricks of a solid social order are disintegrating. It is a tale of how many of the very people and entities which had helped cover up credible accusations of statutory rape of minor children against favored allies, righteously called for the head of a man they perceived to be their ideological enemy for his delay in turning in a subordinate for the lesser, but real, offense of having smutty pictures of children. It is a tale of tribalism, as various entities used the law as a cudgel to bludgeon their opponents and a shield to defend their allies. It is a story of how the guardians of the innocent agonized instead of acting when discovering there was a wolf in their midst. It is a saga of advocates of objective standards of morality retreating into moral relativism and the culture of therapy when confronted with irrefutable evidence against one of their own. The only man who seems to have learned much of anything from it is the man at the center of it, Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri Catholic Bishop Robert Finn.

The story begins on December 16, 2010, when a computer technician called in to make repairs to the laptop of diocesan priest Shawn Ratigan discovered over a hundred very disturbing pictures of young girls on the computer. Most were of clothed children, but all focused on the crotch or buttocks. Many did not even show the face of the child involved. One was a nude photo from the waist down.

Fr. Shawn Ratigan - Ms. Magazine

Fr. Shawn Ratigan – Ms. Magazine

The shaken technician, Ken Kes, called his friend, Deacon Mike Lewis to tell him – and show him – what he had found. Lewis was shocked and shaking. He called diocesan administrator, Msgr. Robert Murphy, who was also head of the diocesan response team for accusations against priests, and told him of the multitude of creepy pictures and described the nude photo.

Though the photos were clearly prurient, none depicted any actual sexual activity. Murphy called Police Captain Rick Smith, who was a member of the diocesan Independent Review Board (IRB), described the nude photo to him and asked if it was to be considered pornography. Smith asked experts in the department and got an ambivalent response. It might have been porn, but no one thought a charge would hold up on a single photo such as that. Murphy had not mentioned to Smith that there were a multitude of disturbing, if slightly less lascivious, pictures involved.

The laptop was turned over to Diocesan Information Director Julie Creech, who was asked to review the pictures. She did so and called in Diocesan Communications Director Rebecca Summers to review them with her. Meantime, Murphy called Bishop Finn to apprise him of the situation. Creech made copies of the photos for a permanent file – and both the women urged that the diocese turn the whole thing over to police, which was not done at that time.

Murphy confronted Ratigan, who denied the charges and claimed that the computer had been given to him used. But the next day, Ratigan attempted suicide. He was hospitalized in Kansas City. When he eventually recovered, he was sent to Pennsylvania for psychiatric evaluation. Diocesan officials struggled over how to handle it, ultimately concluding that the pictures were not legally pornographic because they did not show any sort of sexual activity or contact. Finn said he never saw the pictures; only had them described to him.

The doctor who evaluated Ratigan reported to the Diocese that he did not believe Ratigan to be a pedophile. Nonetheless, Finn assigned Ratigan to stay in a mission house in Independence, Missouri with elderly priests and to have no contact with children except for celebrating some formal Masses for student groups. The case was not turned over to the IRB because there were no complainants and the pictures were not determined to be pornographic, along with the psychiatric report.

In March, Ratigan violated the Bishop’s order by attending a sixth-grade girl’s birthday party with her family. Bishop Finn admonished him not to do that again. The diocese also turned the laptop over to Ratigan’s family, telling them it was not needed any longer and that Ratigan was banned from using computers. In April, Ratigan violated the order again – and was caught trying to take pictures under a table of a young girl whose family he was having dinner with at Easter. Finally convinced that Ratigan would not or could not control himself, the diocese notified police of the extent of the problem in mid-May. In the course of their investigation, police found many more such pictures on a computer at a parish Ratigan had worked at earlier – and CDs with similar pictures. Ratigan was eventually sentenced to 50 years in prison for both state and federal charges of producing and possessing child pornography.

Five months after the arrest of Ratigan, Jackson County, Missouri Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker got an indictment against Finn and the diocese for failing to report Ratigan to governmental authorities earlier. Controversy erupted throughout the diocese and the country as that trial wended its way through the courts. Commentators from all sides rallied to either call for Finn’s head on a platter or to defend him.

Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker - Jackson County, Missouri

Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker – Jackson County, Missouri

Former U.S. Attorney Todd Graves was called in to supervise a full investigation on the sequence of events and decisions by the Diocesan Independent Review Board. Ultimately, Finn was convicted of one misdemeanor count of failure under a plea agreement that saw charges dropped against the diocese. Finn was sentenced to two years probation, which was suspended.

Reuters has a good concise timeline of the events leading up to Finn’s indictment, while The Graves Report provides exhaustive detail on the underlying facts of the case.


I have never met nor spoken to Bishop Finn. Several very close friends of mine are friends of his, though. One of my dearest friends is so close to him that well before this case ever began, he asked me to pray for Finn. He told me Finn was a faithful, orthodox man who had been put in a very progressive diocese and was getting a lot of flack from some priests there who were wedded to progressive modernism. Each day, I offer prayers for all the Bishops of the world – mentioning about 15 by name, Bishops who I have some connection to at first or second hand. Throughout my pilgrimage, Bishop Finn was one of those I prayed for by name each day I walked.

Since announcing I would be doing this article, I have been contacted by several people in the Diocese who have told me that Bishop Finn was under attack from the beginning of his tenure by left-wing activists and priests, by the National Catholic Reporter (NCR), which is headquartered in the diocese and is the voice of left-wing Catholic ideology in America. While NCR is clearly an advocate, it is by no means as degenerate as much of the establishment secular press. It does some solid journalism and is a good source, provided you make mental allowances that it takes its left-wing activism at least as seriously as its Catholicism.

All of my friends who know Bishop Finn, many of whom I count among my most trusted confidantes, speak in absolutely glowing terms about him.

Tribal Warfare

When the case erupted onto the national scene, the battle lines seemed to be drawn on ideological, rather than legal or religious lines. The left-wing Kansas City Star and that bastion of American liberalism, the New York Times, called loudly for Finn’s head. NCR, which had already had an ongoing ideological battle with him wrote one of the more comically schizophrenic editorials ever when the indictment was announced. In its first line, it warned against anyone making a rush to judgment. That, apparently, was just a fig leaf thrown over its enmity towards an entrenched ideological enemy, though, for it ended by ignoring its own advice and calling for his immediate resignation.

The NY Times and the KC Star postured as principled, doctrinaire defenders of children. But when former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline investigated Planned Parenthood of Overland Park and the late abortion provider George Tiller for systematically covering up cases of statutory rape in cases where minor girls sought abortions, the Kansas City Star vigorously defended Planned Parenthood and Tiller,  ideological allies. The charges were eventually dismissed on technical grounds, while the judges involved largely conceded that it was likely crimes had been committed. The Kansas City Star, unsatisfied with having successfully shielded their ideological allies from being penalized for credible evidence of actually covering up child rape, joined in a crusade to disbar Kline for accessing private medical records. He was disbarred for that, while the child rape cases he uncovered were ignored. The KC Star won a “Maggie” Award from Planned Parenthood for its excellent editorial coverage of the issue.

The New York Times has long been a defender of Planned Parenthood. More importantly, when disgraced former Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland rose to blame former Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI for the sexual assault crisis, the Times resurrected him as an honorable, knowledgeable source. Certainly, Weakland was knowledgeable about sex abuse and criminality. He used funds from the Archdiocese to settle a lawsuit with a former homosexual lover over abuse. But as long as he was willing to smear orthodox Catholics, the NY Times was willing to overlook his disgrace.

Prosecutor Peters is from Missouri, not Kansas. But she won the endorsement of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) in her bid for election to the office she holds. I don’t know what her position on the Kansas case was, but she is part of the same tribe as the KC Star and the NY Times.

I am less than impressed when advocates who win awards for shielding allies from credible claims of covering up child rape suddenly become doctrinaire advocates for children if an ideological opponent is not quick enough to hop to it when investigating a subordinate’s trove of smutty pictures. Somehow, I don’t think the welfare of children is at the top of their priority list. It looks like ideological warfare to me, the type that has metastasized into the full-blown Rolling Stone Rape hoax and Lena Dunham’s novelistic rape charge against an innocent man. This is a tribe that doesn’t let facts get in the way of a preferred narrative.

Unfortunately, the tribalism was not confined to the leftist attackers. William Donohue’s Catholic League defended the Bishop on narrow legalistic grounds, rather than viewing it from a solid moral perspective. His narrative defense was so slanted it borders on outright deception. For example, he notes that the police were informed immediately of the problem when it was found. Technically accurate, it glides over the fact that only one of hundreds of pictures were disclosed – and only to one police officer. The police were not formally notified nor fully informed of what had been discovered. As it turns out, Donohue’s legal analysis is largely on target, but if he would have gotten there in a more candid manner it would have been more impressive. While we have come to expect that the secular world largely acts in a tribal manner these days, using the law as a cudgel against opponents and a shield against allies rather than an instrument for objective justice, we rightly expect a different standard from the leaders of our faith.

Finn’s Actions

The approach of the Diocese and Bishop Finn was flawed in several ways. While it is proper not to jump mindlessly on every accusation, to show consideration for the rights of the accused as well as the accuser, this was not a “he-said, she-said” situation. In fact, there was never any “she-said” side to the story at all. The pictures were the evidence, and they spoke for themselves. Psychology is a useful tool and a miserable master. Therapeutic psychology has become the spear-point of moral relativism. On purely objective grounds, if you find hundreds of photos of crotch shots of children, even if most all are clothed, in someone’s possession, you should not need a psychological report to know you have a problem. I know I don’t want the person who cherishes such photos anywhere near my grandchildren. It is understandable that Finn did not want to subject himself to looking at such photos. But he is the Bishop. Given that Murphy gave such a truncated version of the photos to the police officer, I have some concerns about how candid and sound the counsel was that Finn was getting. That is not to excuse Finn for not examining the facts fully, himself. He is the Bishop. He will ultimately be held accountable, so he should have examined the evidence himself, to verify that he was making decisions from accurate information.

Bishop Robert Finn - (CNS Photo - Nancy Phelan Wiechec)

Bishop Robert Finn – (CNS Photo – Nancy Phelan Wiechec)

Yet for the terrible misjudgments and misguided efforts to be fair to the priest, the first thing Finn did was to remove the priest from general contact with children, get a psychiatric evaluation to try to evaluate him, and try to come up with a just resolution. That I, too, think his efforts were terribly calibrated does not make them criminal – and does not change the fact that he acted immediately to try to protect all involved. When Ratigan violated Finn’s order not to have contact with children, notwithstanding the psychiatric report, Finn ordered the police contacted and evidence turned over. It is because of Finn that the authorities came to know there was a problem in the first place. It was Finn who recruited former U.S. Attorney Todd Graves to supervise the detailed investigation into what happened, what went wrong, and how they could handle such cases in the future. To prosecute him for a case of the slows is less likely to protect children than to encourage a genuine cover-up in future cases.. It is ironic that the most vigorous prosecution of a Bishop in U.S. history comes not at the expense of a Bishop who actually worked to cover up such a scandal, but a Bishop who tried to solve the problem according to the law and then turned it over to authorities himself when he became convinced it was insoluble. But in tribal justice, it is not justice that is sought, merely sticking it to enemies and protecting allies.


There was some reasonable commentary on the case – and some that was not merely tribal. Rod Dreher wrote a blistering article from a conservative perspective on why Finn deserved indictment. Yet his argument depends on the worst possible construction of every misjudgment. It fails ultimately because if you crucify a Bishop who actually was the source of disclosure, while allowing men like Weakland to enjoy retirement in peace, you teach the lesson that disclosure is the way to get crucified and that cover-up is the way to avoid it. That is a terrible practical result, quite apart from the moral incoherence of it.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of the neighboring Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas wrote a balanced piece in his diocesan newpaper and did a solid interview with NCR, which demonstrated its fundamental reportorial fairness even with a subject to which it was hostile.

EWTN nicely summarized the situation in a balanced manner from early on.


Before I started examining the case in detail, I thought that Bishop Finn had agreed to the plea deal to spare the diocese the trouble of ongoing litigation and to spare the families of children who didn’t even know they had been victimized from the trauma of a public trial. As I examined the evidence and the law, that did not make as much sense to me as I thought it would. There really was no legal case here. The prosecutor was crowing when she got a technical plea to a misdemeanor that carried no effective punishment, other than a figurative scarlet letter tattooed on Finn. I am convinced this would have had to be dismissed before any families would have had to be called – and that Diocesan attorneys knew it. However clumsily at first, Finn acted to protect the children of his diocese, to remove the recalcitrant priest, and to notify authorities. So why the agreement? I think Bishop Finn is exactly the man my friends have described him to be. I suspect, but have no inside knowledge, that as it became clear that there was no criminal culpability, Finn acknowledged to himself his failures as a fairly new Bishop – failure to act with dispatch from a solid, objective moral framework. I suspect Bishop Finn chose to take that scarlet letter personally as a form of penance. a reminder of what he is called to.

I may be wrong. But I know when I was running large campaigns, I sometimes had regional heads who were marvelously talented, noble and vigorous who, nonetheless, were not as frutiful as they could be. I got to where I looked forward to one such as this making a huge blunder – the sort of blunder that could get him dismissed. I had found that when a noble soul makes a huge blunder, it fills him with a steady, steely resolve that transforms him onto a true champion. So I always let one such as this up easy and, in fact, rejoiced at the opportunity to see a new champion rise. I was never disappointed. I think Bishop Finn is such a man.

I said at the outset of this story that it has no heroes – and it doesn’t. But in the outer court of the Sanhedrin the day before Good Friday, St. Peter was not a hero. His very betrayal and grief over it was a forge that formed him into one who was faithful unto death. I don’t know whether Bishop Finn has discovered such a steely, steady resolve. But if ever events should conspire to make him my Bishop, I would be pleased. He has certainly come through the forge.

About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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70 Responses to Uncertain Trumpets, Casual Malice: The Ordeal of Bishop Robert Finn

  1. Barbara Dore says:

    very sad case…Our Lady always begs us to pray for her beloved sons ( priests) every day and she will repay us as she promised.

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  2. Barbara Dore says:

    many of us may naturally think all priests go to heaven, but i realise that they need our prayers badly. Jesus told Doctor Gloria Polo that we pray for his priests. we are not allowed to criticize them , but pray for them. The evil beings never leave them alone, especially catholic priests that he hates most. Jesus shouted at Gloria Polo.

    Dr. Gloria Constanza Polo

    God gives me the mission telling me: “You will repeat your testimony not only 1.000 times, but also you will repeat it thousand times thousand of times! And woe …


    • I reserve the right to criticize and/or beat up anyone who — wearing a cassock or not — abuses children. If you were ever in the receiving end of abuse you won’t care what some doctor from Colombia will advise you in the name of Jesus. As I told once a certain benedictian (lowercase intentional) who started preaching homosexuality to me over a breakfast table: “You are getting closer and closer to you encounter with Jesus .. ‘father'”
      He had the good sense of moving away from Virginia. Respect for that scum, my foot.


      • charliej373 says:

        The greatest contempt is rightfully reserved for traitors. Honest enemies at least have one virtue – their honesty.


        • I should not comment on topics involving child abuse. As a child abused by those who were supposed to care for me (and my siblings) I still have to take to the confessional my anger, I’m afraid too often. When someone says “you got to respect Father” like if that respect a priest should not even bother to EARN. Even Jesus had to live for decades in this world “growing in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people” (Luke 2:52) So all of us Catholic men have to strive to earn the respect of our community. A priest, more so because he is in persona Christi and that my friends is very serious business. Much of the suffering inflicted on poor children by those perverts could have been avoided if Catholic communities did not have that –inexplicable to me– unspoken clause of “Father can do no wrong.” It is a perverse way of living one’s faith if we despise the Fathers who teach the faith properly (i.e no contraception) and turn the blind eye to the Father that has “a problem.” I saw that in Boston while I was living there (and I was NOT a Catholic yet) when people went to a derelict priest to marry a daughter with her live-in divorced boyfriend, and later cried to High Heaven when they learned about the shenanigans of “father” John Geoghan. We can’t have it both ways, not with God. It eother HIS WAY or the highway to Hell.


          • charliej373 says:

            Thank you Carlos. When one turns a blind eye to the real offenses of such a priest, one does serious injustice to all those who live their faith with fidelity. They are all smeared if we enable abuse to grow because our failure to demand fidelity. Our good priests deserve better from us than that.


        • True. Anyone getting rid of Marcial Maciel in 1955 would have made the angels sing but he was a smart scoundrel. Infiltrated the Church for his own purposes, his priesthood was as valid as that astronaut license I got in a cereal box when I was a little boy. If a man marries a girl for her money, Christ is not in the Sacrament of Marriage. If a priest marries the Church for the fun he plans to have with the trust the community puts on him, he is as much a priest as I am the Pope. In my theologically ignorant opinion.


      • kathy kalina says:

        Doesn’t the Church teach that physical violence against a priest results in automatic excommunication?


        • charliej373 says:

          Kathy, Canon 1370 provides automatic excommunication for anyone who physically attacks the Pope, but I could find no such rule for a physical attack on a priest or even any other Bishop.

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          • Mary-Louise says:

            I believe it is considered sacrilege to physically attack a priest. Ordination makes him sacred in that sense; this is from Fr. Z’s blog, What Does the Prayer Really say? in a discussion on confession:

            …”Say you belt someone in the chops for speaking disrespectfully to you. It is one thing to belt Hulk Hogan and another to belt little 5 year old Cindy Loo Hoo, and yet another to belt Fr. Lovebeads at Our Lady Queen of Hugs. Belting Father is additionally the sin of sacrilege, by the way. ..”


        • Arrius was a priest when St Nicholas gave him a good whack! Later Jesus and Mary visited St Nick (the very night of the incident, I believe.) I seriously considered giving that priest what he deserved when he started telling me how wonderful “Angels over America” was and why we should watch it one day. I refrained to rearrange his face because we were in a pancake house and it was going to be a mess. But I sent him a quick “East Boston message” that he caught in a split second. He excused himself and I never saw him again in town. Intelligent man.


    • Barbara Dore says:

      Jesus said to me almost shouting…..Doctor Gloria Polo

      Pray For The Priests

      My family always criticized the priests. From when we were small, my father, and everyone in the house, used to criticize and say: “These priests are womanizers, and have more money than us… And they are this, and they are that…”, and we would repeat this.

      Our Lord said to me almost shouting: “Who did you think you are, to make yourself god and judge my consecrated ones?! They are of flesh, and the sanctity is to them given for the benefit of the communities in which I put there as a gift. And the communities have the obligation to pray for him, to love him and to support him”. Might you know, brothers, that, when a priest falls, it will be the community to respond regarding his sanctity. The devil hates Catholics, immensely more the priests. He hates our Church, because where there is a priest who consecrates…

      I open a parenthesis: you must all know that the priest, even though remaining a man, is a consecrated one of the Lord, recognized by the Eternal Father, so that in a piece of bread happens a miracle, a transubstantiation:

      by the hands of the priest,

      it becomes the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ… And these hands, the devil hates them intensely, terribly.

      The devil detests us Catholics due to the Eucharist, because the Eucharist is an open door for Heaven, and it is the only door! Without the Eucharist, no one enters into Heaven. When a person is agonizing, God comes beside this person, independent of the religion that he belongs to or his beliefs; the Lord reveals himself and says to him affectionately, with Love and Mercy: “I am your Lord!” And if the person asks for pardon and accepts this Lord, something happens that is difficult to explain: Jesus immediately brings this soul to where the Mass is being celebrated in that moment, and the person receives Viaticum, which is a mystical communion. Because only the one who receives the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, can enter into Heaven.

      It is something mystical, it is an immense grace that we have in the Catholic Church, a grace that God has given to our Church; and many people speak badly about this Church, and yet by way of Her they receive salvation and go to Purgatory, and there they continue to benefit by the grace of the Eucharist. They save themselves. They go to Purgatory, but they are saved! Because of this the devil hates very much the priests: because where there is a priest, there are the hands that consecrate the bread and the wine, making them to become for us the Body and the Blood of Jesus Christ. Thus we must pray very much for the priests, because the devil attacks them constantly.


      • charliej373 says:

        I realize from this what a tender spot this is for you, Barbara. Yet I maintain we do not resolve one abuse by adopting an equal and opposite abuse. That is not justice, but careening like a drunk from wall to wall as he makes his way down a corridor.

        It is a serious sin to bear false witness – one that many do not take seriously. It is even graver when the false witness is given against a priest.

        But when you cover for a priest that is actively committing evil you are, in a way, bearing false witness against all those who are not. Do you really think we would be better off if everyone swept all these things under the rug? That is what got us into this mess in the first place. And because of that, now cultural enemies feel emboldened to slander our good, noble priests – at the same time they run interference for the real bad actors.

        Christ did not give us instruction on which types of false witness we are to bear. He told us to judge righteous judgment. I stand by that.


        • Barbara Dore says:

          Charlie, I remember a story somewhere that St Mary Madagline had a word with a wicked priest and she saved him due to her prayers. I think St Catherine Emmerich wrote that, but I am not very sure because it was ages ago…


      • We certainly must pray for priests but we also have to pray for the conversion of the unfaithful one and also for the infiltrated that are not priests at all but have been infiltrating the Church since the heyday of Communism to wreak havoc from within. It is important to realize that those are not priests but merely pose as priests. Marcial Maciel rejected confession in his deathbed, that is the hallmark of a false priest. And oh how was he defended until he could not be defended anymore. Perhaps seeking the intersession of St John Vianney and Our Blessed Mother is in order. Let us pray that hearts will be revealed and the clergy of the Catholic Church be fully purged of those who are not serving Jesus and Mary in the priesthood.


        • charliej373 says:

          I love calling for the intercession of St. John Vianney, the Cure d’Ars, for our priests. For any who don’t know his story, you should read a good bio. What a profoundly simple, holy priest who was a sign of hope to so many! May he guard and protect our dear priests through these terrible times.


          • I apologize for the typos and misspellings in my last comment. It was late and I was tired. I forgot to read the comment before hitting “send.”

            I know we have a tough thousand days ahead of us and many sad and discouraging things are going to hit us hard. The simple and fruitful life of St John Vianney is a sign of hope indeed. He had to live and be a priest through great upheavals but he managed to be “the” exemplary priest, a faithful follower of Jesus the Eternal Priest.


        • Barbara Dore says:

          Carlos , I fully agree with you. I heard about this darkest situation. very scary.. Jesus sweated profusely with blood when he saw the future of Our Catholic Church at the garden but he went ahead despite it because he thought of you and me, and Charlie, also others who need his Blood and Body.


  3. ellenchris says:

    First let me say that this is not a defense of Shawn Ratigan. However, I would like to point out that being a parish priest is indescribably difficult in many ways. If the diocesan bishop’s first, knee-jerk reaction to a problem is to just throw the priest under the bus, then the diocese becomes permeated with an atmosphere of mistrust, cover-up and fear. Charlie, your simple straightforward presentation of events tells me that Bp Finn made the attempt to reach out to the priest first from a pastoral perspective but also included responsible investigation into the problem. Nothing is ever perfect, but this seems to me to be about as good as it gets. A bishop is not only “chief shepherd” (locally) of a diocese, he is also the primary pastor of his priests with a duty to give them effective pastoring. Bp Finn’s efforts appear to be those of a real pastor who was put between a rock and a hard place.

    I have seen first hand the way in which the progressivist left demonizes orthodox Christians while white-washng their own fellow travelers: the same situation is given opposite spin depending upon the perceived political position of the person involved. You are so right about this. They do this reliably and consistently; the long term goal is to destroy the whole platform from which the Faith received from the Apostles can be defended and the true Gospel can be preached. They demand every concession be given to their positions while giving not one millimeter of room to the truth. The “Narrative” is not about truth, it is about furthering the agenda; it is generally a ruthless tissue of lies designed to accomplish the goal of rendering the faithful helpless. Yet, our help is the Name of the Lord! Psalm 31, “In You, O Lord, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. . .” comes to mind. (It would be good to read the whole psalm).

    While I am not very familiar with this case, your article does appear to do a fair and even-handed job of describing just this kind of scorched-earth progressivist method. I do not doubt that we can expect more of the same in ever greater and more vicious ways. Those who claim to be on God’s side need to check to make sure that we are on His side. We all need to stay off any band wagons that pass through town. Thank you for this cautionary tale.

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  4. Mary says:

    Has anyone yet tried to locate the violated children? GPS is embedded in many images.


    • charliej373 says:

      Hey Mary, most of the pictures were under-the-table type things that did not even have the face of the child. There was some discussion of it, as I understand, but these children did not know they had had a photo snapped. The pictures were not distributed beyond Ratigan, and then diocesan and justice system officials. There was not a complainant, so there was not an effort to track down victims – for fear that the effort would victimize them.


      • Mary says:

        What shepherd would let a lamb who was hurt by a hired hand, wander off to fend for itself? The wolves wait for the injured and weak – they are easy prey. A good shepherd would nurse the lamb back to health. These girls and their families are in need of prayers of healing and deliverance. Every effort needs to be made to find them!


        • charliej373 says:

          In this case, I disagree, Mary. These lambs were not wounded by the wolf, but rather stalked by him without knowing it. Now that the wolf has been captured and put away, I see little good that can come of letting those who were unaware they were in any danger know that a wolf once stalked them and a lot of damage that could come to them because of it.

          Sometimes, I think we put people in a situation where we could traumatize them not because it will do them good, but because it will make us feel better. I am not a big fan of that.

          There is a much better case to be made that families of the diocese should have been notified immediately, while a potential wolf was not fully confined.


  5. Mary A says:

    Good job. One thing: when you say “both women urged that the Diocese….” – to whom did they do the urging? That would be important.


    • charliej373 says:

      I do not know that they made it directly to Finn. It is clear that they made it to Murphy. But it would be deeply negligent for that fact not to have been reported to the Bishop.


      • Mary A says:

        Yes, I agree. It occurs to me that the obfuscation by diocesan officials at this point indicates precisely where the problem is….and perhaps that was not unintended….


  6. Gary says:

    Here is a bishop who followed the protocols, was fair to the priest is question. and who then turned over the evidence to the police when he saw the priest recalcitrantly return to his sinful behavior, and then be prosecuted himself for following the spirit of the law. The left hates the Catholic Church unless they find a useful idiot Catholic. No charges were ever filed against Weakland for misappropriating Church funds to payoff his homosexual lover, but Finn who turned over evidence to the police is prosecuted.

    It seems to me that any bishop could be prosecuted for doing the same as Bishop Finn. But Bishop Finn wear your ‘red letter’ proudly for it is to be expected that you will suffer for the Lord in this life.

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  7. Mack says:

    Excellent piece, Charlie, thank you for this. I agree with you about Dreher’s article; I’ve found his past writing on these topics to be not completely balanced. Just my opinion.

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  8. Mary-Louise says:

    I believe it is permissible and moral to criticize a priest whose actions are harmful to the faith and well-being of others, and to warn others of possible harm. Let me give an example:

    There is a priest in my area who is chaplain at a large secular university. This priest this fall declared himself in solidarity with LGBT activists on campus, hoisted a rainbow flag in the chapel and celebrated a Pride Mass using a pink altar cloth. He has given TV and newspaper interviews on his gay advocacy. Some years ago when the state was considering same-sex marriage, he testified before the legislature that this would be moral and beneficial. He has spoken himself about his vacations at a well-know gay resort. These are all documented public actions in the public arena.

    I see no problem in sending a letter to the editor of the archdiocese’s newspaper expressing concern about this priest’s actions as campus minister, or in warning any devout Catholic parents I might meet who were considering sending their child to this university.

    Gossip is a sin. So is calumny. There is sinful rash judgment. There is detraction. None of these fit the situation above. While we as Catholics must be especially careful to support our priests, we also have certain rights. (For example, the right to a liturgy that is celebrated correctly.) Taking an absolutist stance that we can never criticize priests can lead to harm just as much as being too critical of priests. Our Lord warned us of wolves in sheep’s clothing in the Gospel.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I completely agree, Mary-Louise. On occasion, I have pinned the ears of a priest back, though only after having prayed for him and given him time to think better of it. But the people (and Priest) of my original Parish had a hearty laugh when I told them of a priest who had something outrageous and contrary to faith and morals at a public class in downtown Chicago. One grinned and said, “I’m guessing the good father got an equally public education on the matter along with the class.” I grinned and said he only tried to argue with me once, then shut up. My Parish Priest, grinning, asked if the poor fellow was going to be okay and had ambulances been necessary.

      I know that some here think you should never criticize a Priest publicly. I’ll give them a chance, but if a Priest publicly endangers people’s faith, I will gladly scorch their rear-end. And that isn’t going to change.

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      • Mary A says:

        If I know a priest is a homosexual or has molested minors, I will tell anyone in his path, especially parents.


      • the phoenix says:

        “I’ll give them a chance, but if a Priest publicly endangers people’s faith, I will gladly scorch their rear-end.” This makes me feel better. There have been some homilies that I just could not let pass without a comment on my way out the door after Mass about what the Church really taught. But I did my best to be fair and thank a priest for a good sermon as well.


  9. Magdalene says:

    Bishop Finn is one of the good guys and thus any excuse to bring him down is excuse enough.


  10. D Shea says:

    If ya believe Charlie, Mark, Janet & Glenn Beck and/or your lying eyes/ears when you tune in FOX, TalkRadio or the Blogosphere you must come to the conclusion that Satan & Demonic Pals have been loosed on Planet Earth and Christians in general and The Catholic Church in particular are Big Fat Targets. … and if you believe the aforementioned then it’s all moot anyway ’cause “the curtain” be falling soon! The damage has been done and if Ya read/believe Scripture it was all foretold. The Smoke of Satan infiltrated the Vatican and too many “Bigs” in the Church have let the Flock down and it’s past time that The Flock takes the Church back ……….. I’m guessing that that’s a Big Part of what the coming Storm is all about!?
    So … Like “I done tole Ya already” … Target Fixation and Salvation is a good thing!
    Merry CHRISTmas😉

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  11. Dan Lynch says:

    Save Bishop Finn

    The Bishop Finn story is not over. The State is finished with him, but the Church has started its own investigation regarding his fitness to serve as a bishop. Read on.

    Robert Finn is the bishop of the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in Missouri. I ate with Bishop Finn at a breakfast honoring Our Lady of America at a United States Catholic Bishops’ conference. He seemed to be interested and open to the devotion to Our Lady of America. He was a pleasant breakfast companion.

    Later in 2012, Bishop Finn was convicted of the misdemeanor crime of failure to report in 2010 suspected child abuse to government authorities. He was placed on two years probation that has been completed.

    While this may sound like a very serious charge, the underlying facts seem to diminish its seriousness. The charges were based upon photographs of children found on a priest’s computer by a computer technician. One photograph was of a nude child and the others were of clothed genital areas. Faces were not visible in the photographs and there were no known victims. There was no evidence or allegation of child abuse and Bishop Finn never saw the photographs. He relied on subordinates to handle the issue.

    The very next day, the diocese contacted a police officer and described the naked photograph. The officer said that it did not constitute child pornography as it did not contain sexual conduct or contact as defined by Missouri law. So the diocese did not contact the Independent Review Board.
    The diocese placed the priest under restrictions. After he violated them, it reported him to the authorities. Then detectives discovered images of a pornographic nature on another of the priest’s computers located off diocesan property. He was charged that same day. Later, Bishop Finn was charged with failure to report suspected child abuse based upon the photographs that were originally found and for which he was convicted.

    In September 2014, the Vatican initiated its own investigation into Bishop Finn’s tenure and sent Archbishop Terrance Prendergast of Ontario to Kansas City to investigate him. That seemed to confirm speculation that Bishop Finn was one of the three bishops whom Pope Francis had previously revealed were under investigation. At that time, the pope said that one of the three had “already been found guilty, and we are now considering the penalty to be imposed.”

    As part of the inquiry, Archbishop Prendergast visited the diocese and spoke with several people. The principle question asked by him, according to the National Catholic Reporter, was “Do you think [Bishop Finn] is fit to be a leader?”

    Bishop Finn “cooperated with the process and was obligated by the terms of the visitation not to speak of it to anyone, including his senior staff and communications director,” a diocesan spokesman stated.

    In November of 2014, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had codified his ability to effectively fire Catholic bishops, saying that in some circumstances, he “can consider it necessary” to ask them to resign their offices.

    In an interview aired on November 16, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the leader of a Church commission on child abuse cases, made critical remarks about Bishop Finn. On the television news program 60 Minutes, the Cardinal agreed that because of Bishop Finn’s conviction, he “wouldn’t be able to teach Sunday school in Boston. It’s a question that the Holy See needs to address urgently.” He also acknowledged, “There’s a recognition from Pope Frances.”

    You may see the interview here: http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Cardinal-Sean-OMalley-names-and-shames-fellow-bishop-on-sex-abuse-cover-up–.html

    It sounds like Bishop Finn’s position as bishop of his diocese is in dire jeopardy.

    Let us pray the Novena to Our Lady of America to save Bishop Finn. You may find the novena here: http://jkmi.wsiefusion.net/prayers-1

    Mother Cecilia, the prioress for the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in Missouri, has come to the defense of Bishop Finn. In an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews she said:

    “ It breaks my heart that so many people only know about him what they hear from the blaring voices of the media and news outlets which have carried a prejudice against him from the beginning.… Ten years ago, Bishop Finn was thrown into the midst of a diocese known far and wide for being a hotbed of heterodoxy and dissent. He made necessary and important changes right from the start, and those who were displeased have never forgotten nor forgiven.…
    During his time in the diocese, Bishop Finn has fostered explosive growth in vocations to the priesthood and diaconate, opened the cause for canonization of a religious sister, and overseen the building of two new churches, all of which is passed over in media coverage in favor of critics calling for his removal. Our bishop has endured and suffered so much throughout these years…. I continue to be amazed and inspired by his humility, charity, and patient resignation amidst so many relentless attacks.…
    Regarding the hostility and persecution shown toward our bishop, I must say with complete admiration, that he has never displayed or spoken in a manner showing any anger or hostility in retaliation of the heaps of it he has himself received. He has always accepted it meekly, and simply continued on faithfully and perseveringly with the commission the Church has given him to build up the mystical body of Christ in truth and charity.
    He has been a tremendous source of inspiration to each of the sisters. His heroic witness to the faith of the Church, and his quiet determination to reform the diocese despite tremendous opposition is like having one of the saints you read about in history right before your eyes.
    I guarantee you that Church history will be looking back and telling a different story about this man than the newspapers are at present. There have been many saints that have not been vindicated until long after their death. I have no doubt he will be one of them.”

    You may read the full interview here:

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    till the storms of destruction pass by.” (Psalm 57).
    “When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.” (Proverbs 10:25).
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    • Kris says:

      And i ask over and over again, where is Bishop Sean O’Malley in calling for the retirement packages and emeritus status of so many retired guys like Cardinal Mahoney , Archbishop Weakland? What a statement that would be to not honor these men who so flagrantly protected not only themselves, but child molesters under their watch? Why does this seem to be so politically incorrect? Does it have to do with that breath stopping title, the gay mafia? I dont know. But I do know that there is still terrible dark secrets that allies wont confront in the system.


  12. jmhem5 says:

    This hits close to home. My wife and I are parents of a young man who committed suicide at age 25, in part because of sexual assault by a priest/seminary instructor. But, surprise, the perp was a married, Orthodox clergyman. You see, most other clergy sexual abuse in non-Catholic jurisdictions and denominations flies under the radar of serious media scrutiny. Dreher left the Catholic Church because of the horrible filth he uncovered. I don’t read him so I don’t know if he’s seriously addressed the putrescence percolating under the surface of his new church body (Eastern Orthodox). All I can do for my son is pray for him, have masses said, and pray our Lord Jesus Christ will raise him on the Last Day. Lord have Mercy. If WE can return to the Church ANYONE can. However, it wasn’t our goodness – it was supernatural grace. John

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    • Mack says:

      Wow, John, what an incredible statement of faith. You are blessed with faith like a rock. I will pray for your son too. May he rest in peace.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Bob says:

      Glad you are both back. I will pray for your son and for you both. We must remember that even Jesus had his Judas. And despite the scandal of his betrayal the disciples still remained with Jesus and His church.

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    • audiemarie2014 says:

      John, I am so sad that your son and family suffered so much by the ugliness of clergy sexual abuse. You are all in my prayers and I will also pray for your son. I feel in my heart that God has great tenderness for those who have suffered this way. I believe you when you say it was due to supernatural grace that you returned to the Church.


    • barb129 says:

      My sympathy to your family, John. I will pray for your son and your all of you.

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  13. Lynette says:

    Bishop Finn did not have much of a chance to begin with when he came to Kansas City. The system had been well established for over 40 years when Bishop Finn came here, was ordained a bishop, and then began making some much needed and long overdue adjustments in adult catechesis, liturgy and preaching. His methods were seen as rough and non-pastoral, but for those of us who had prayed and prayed for real leadership for years, it was a very real answer to those pleas for divine assistance. He was warned by the established group, did not conform, and they found their chance, with the help of the KC Star and others, with the downfall of Fr. Ratigan. We here in KC are better off than we were before Bishop Finn came with an impressive seminarian group in the pipeline and more obedient and well-educated newly ordained priests to lead parishes in striving for holiness. The aging and recalcitrant wolves continue to howl, however, so when you do pray for Bishop Finn, please include the faithful he has tried to protect. Mother Cecilia was spot-on.


  14. Kris says:

    Thank you SO VERY MUCH for this beautiful piece on Bishop Finn. Everything you say is as it was and I also believe this makes perfect sense that Bishop Finn has offered up his suffering and humiliation as a penance. I am from that diocese years ago. My friends keep me informed. They are personally involved with Bishop Finn and have seen him shed tears over what happened and is still happening. As for the tribal attack, you are SPOT ON. I have a personal situation with the Church that could only be spoken of in private that concurs 100% with throwing lambs out for the slaughter to keep the local bishop and his machine working smoothly and to ‘Keep the eyes of Sauron ” from detecting what is still going on behind the scenes in dioceses. My argument to a local diocesan staff member went something like this. ‘So does the church in Milwaukee have a safety plan for retired (disgraced but still emeritus) Archbishop Weakland like those that my current diocese wants to set up with lay people just to go to Mass? Answer: Of course we cant answer that question. This answer came after the safe environment committee decided that all parents had to be finger printed , background checked in order to be part of their children’s religious formation activities, or a lay person wanted to visit the homes of sick members, bring food, assist them in going to doctor’s appts, etc. You get the picture. Keep the eyes of Sauron off …..you fill in the sentence…. what is happening. However, as I have indicated in other posts, I know these are things I personally cannot change. We are in the storm and I blame the current bishops and their staff less than I pity them for they are blinded by whatever fear they must personally confront and cant seem to pull that off just yet. I pray they will find strength because I know how much the faithful will need it. I feel terribly sad for Bishop Finn for he is a suffering servant and as you said, if he rises from the ashes a stronger, stalwart, wiser bishop, so be it. I will pick up my arms and follow him into battle. I pray that the church will stop seeing lawyers and professionals as their major source of wisdom and turn once more to the Crucified as their main source of leadership. Maybe then we will see the true shepherd come out to do battle for the sheep.


  15. C.N. says:

    Dear Mr. Johnston,
    After reading this entry about Bishop Finn I can’t help but think, so what, so what if he is removed from his bishop status. Aren’t these men priests first? Was they’re calling to be a bureaucrat?
    Anyone can collect donations, give speeches, wear a ring. But only a priest can consecrate a host. Unless a man is defrocked his vocation stands. It’s not like this man will be without food, clothing and a place to sleep. Save the pity for the true helpless of this world. But of course we pray for all.


    • charliej373 says:

      Dear C.N…may you live through a searing experience for having tried to do right. I do not say that to wish you ill, but to wish you good. For unless your empathy is greater than this, you have a hard time ahead of you. If you want to argue that the Bishop messed up worse than I credit, do it honestly. Do not sniff that only certain types of suffering are worthy of your sympathy.


  16. Mick says:

    John, I am so sorry about your son. I can’t begin to imagine his pain, or that of you and your wife. I will pray for the two of you, and for the repose of your son’s soul.

    There is a story about St. John Vianney that I really love: A woman whose husband had recently committed suicide travelled to Ars from quite some distance away. She wanted to talk to the saint, whom she’d never met, in order to ask him if there were any possible way that her husband could have been saved from hell. Before she had a chance to find him, he walked up to her in a crowd and whispered in her ear, “Don’t you worry; he’s in purgatory.” Astonished, she asked how that was possible. He replied, “He made a perfect act of contrition after he jumped from the bridge but before he hit the water.” “But how can that be?” she asked, “since he’d been away from the Sacraments for many years?” St. John answered that the husband had had some minimal level of respect for the Blessed Mother, and that she had obtained for him the grace of perfect contrition after he had jumped.

    Have trust in the mercy of the Father and in the solicitude of the Mother, and you will not be disappointed.

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    • Bonnie C says:

      Okay, that made my eyes well up. I love St. John Vianney. I have a relic that came from France. Love, love, love, him! One thing I read about him that is a great lesson for us all; the priests in his diocese circulated a petition for him to be removed – I think it had to do with some wealthy woman/women that didn’t like hearing the truth in Confession making a complaint against him – anyway, somehow the petition made it’s way to him. He signed it. God bless him!

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      • charliej373 says:

        He was breathtaking, wasn’t he, Connie? And none of it was because he was so clever or smart. By all accounts, his intelligence was well below average. But his love for those around him was OFF THE CHARTS…and so God worked through this very pure vessel. I cried when reading his story.

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  17. Mary A says:

    A bishop is ordained, consecrated. He never loses his episcopal status and powers, but he can be denied a See. Bishop Finn was one of two, count ’em, two, who stood up for rights and liberty against Obamacare. Perhaps he was targeted over that in revenge. Whatever, he “sinned” less, if he sinned at all, than most of the bishops involved in sex abuse cases, including Roger Mahoney.

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  18. Jeff says:

    What is a mystery to me is how little action we get from the Vatican.

    This account is serious, and suggests proof that everything is being purified, including the Church, but when I think of the scandalous monks of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota I am at a complete loss. In the last 40+ years, these monks have allegedly sexually abused over 200 people, many at St. John’s Prep School, many minors. Don’t even get me started on their theological and liturgical abuses.

    Why doesn’t Rome act? Why can’t I get past the receptionist at the Vatican Embassy in Washington? Why have the last two bishops been utterly silent while the monks abuse people, destroy the Catholic ethos of The College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, and harm parishes and vocations?


    • charliej373 says:

      I added the “allegedly” to this comment. I have gotten a few things in the last week that involve credible, reported accusations. These are very high among them. Two things…I do not want to prevent people from discussing seriously sorrowful things, but unless there is a published legal finding, you need to say allegedly when you discuss something – and do not, when talking about personal events, give details that would identify a particular individual. That is potentially libelous and I cannot print such things.

      Second, Jeff is absolutely right. It is bizarre that we get the full force of a Vatican investigation coming down on a Bishop who tried at each step to do the right thing, however clumsily at times – while victims of credible, well-documented attacks are left twisting in the wind while their abusers carry on. Here’s a tip, Rome: If you are going to crack down hard – and you should – do not crack down on the guy who was jaywalking just because a lot of your cultural enemies are howling about it while taking your sweet time about the actual rapists and abusers. If you are driven by public relations, you are as phony and smarmy – and as sinful – as the establishment media. The Pope, himself, warned against this sort of thing. I hope the curia follows his counsel.


  19. Jeff says:

    I accept your edit Charlie, but must gently let you know the scandals here in central Minnesota long ago transcended allegations. You can find for yourself the actual website that offers encyclopedic documentation of these events across the years in regional and even national headlines, and offer St. John’s Abbey’s own admittance of how many monks are restricted on their own website. http://www.saintjohnsabbey.org/info/abbey-spokesman/

    The number is higher than 18, as the abbot refuses to name five, and a good number of recent allegations are “under investigation.” It is not libel if it is true, and every time there is smoke around this abbey, large flames are close at hand. I have never seen a single false accusation, and the abbey has never named one.

    Wasn’t it Fulton Sheen who called on the laity to demand that priests be priests? I call for that, and for the investigation and shuttering of all monasteries that harm our Church across these days with the earth trembling.


    • charliej373 says:

      Jeff, libel is a legal term. Not to put too fine a point on it, but I have some serious expertise in that area. In 1991 became the third person in a decade in Illinois to successfully sue a newspaper for libel – and the only one who was legally a public figure, which creates a much higher bar of proof. At the radio station I worked at, they counted on my expertise on the subject. I reviewed briefly the material on this. It is why I said the evidence is credible and powerful. But until there is a legal finding, it is legally libelous to state it as fact. Even if officials concede the point, until it has been determined in court, to make such a blanket statement is legally potentially libelous. Legally, it may very well be legally libelous whether it is true or not – until a legal determination is made. On this site, the determination is my responsibility and I will exercise it as I did at both the newspaper group and the radio station I worked at, where, despite seven investigative awards during my tenure, we only got one threat – which was dropped immediately with my response.

      We cover the issues, I give people their say, but I must frame it to protect this site for all of us.


  20. Bonnie C says:

    Charlie, when you write, it makes my heart feel better. Your clarity rings like a bell in my heart. You are a great Sherpa! Through prayer (I turned it all over to Our Lady) and reading some of your words to my husband, it seems to have made an impression. He is cooperating with me instead of opposing me. Sometimes he lets me know when I cross the line (when I forget something important in the here and now) – he told me to stop thinking about “the end of the world”. Haha. My fault. He’s right. God bless you – and keep you.

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  21. john says:

    Many thanks for all the kind words and prayers. Thank you so much Mick for relating the story of the widow and St. John Vianney, the “Curé d’Ars”. I am also encouraged by what the Catechism has to say on this painful topic of suicide. May we all pray this Nativity, along with our Eastern brothers and sisters: + ‘Through the prayers of the most Holy, most Pure, most Blessed and Glorious Lady, the Theotokos [God-bearer] and ever-Virgin Mary … O Savior, save us!’

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  22. Mark says:

    What a sick world we live in. Today we are supposed to be open to homosexulaity as something normal and honorable, yet when a priest acts on his homosexual desires with a young man/boy he is thrown to the wolves by the media, who themselves adore the gay agenda. If it were not for the fact that it was a Catholic priest I don’t thik it would even make the news. Seems to me the target is on the priesthood, not the perpatrator.

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  23. Julia says:

    God bless and preserve Bishop Finn.
    What a moving article. This good Bishop will be so qualified to empathize with innocent Priests who have endured accusations against them in these matters.

    I can remember when the first news began to appear about all these things, and it took a good while for the reality of what the abuse was all about to kick in. Most of us needed time to understand what it was about. I am only lately coming to realize, we have been seeing demonised human beings, clerical and lay in action; since evil spirits possessing humans who commit these offenses is the only rational explanation possible.

    I notice a post showing a book about the lost vocations, and wonder if any of you heard the talks by Father John O’Connor back in the 70’s and 80’s. He was screaming from the rooftops about the very nature of what we are living today. I believe he was defrocked by his own Dominican superior for his outspokenness. But oh boy have his warnings not come to fruition.

    God bless all here, Happy Christmas everyone.


    • ann says:

      Yes Julia. I heard his tapes. He was describing exactly what was going on and sounding the alarm and he was persecuted horribly for it. God bless him wherever he is. I know that no one in those days wanted to hear it. I tried telling people but got the cold shoulder even in my own family. There was( is?) a powerful cabal within the Church who protected (protects?) this terrible malfeasance. I do think that the laity might have been asleep at the wheel somewhat–I know I was–I wasn’t praying and sacrificing for priests in those days and I should have been. No one around me was. And when Fr. O’Connor came out with his accusations a lot of people refused to believe it. I had a relative who had left a seminary for those very reasons and so I knew there was something “rotten in Denmark.” God have mercy on us all!


    • pic8 says:

      I believe his superior, Timothy Radcliffe? to be a dissenter on homosexuality.


  24. Tim says:

    I have heard Bishop Finn preach and know some people who know him fairly well. He is a truly saintly man, priest and bishop. Frankly, I think he would be an excellent candidate to serve as Cardinal-archbishop of Boston!


  25. ted3636 says:

    Reblogged this on bunchwing and commented:
    From the legal perspective, on target. Why do we lawyers stand by and allow the leftists to violate the legal rights of priests. Are they not worthy of the protection of the laws?


  26. ted3636 says:

    From the legal perspective, on target. Why do we lawyers stand by and allow the leftists to violate the legal rights of priests. Are they not worthy of the protection of the laws?


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