MO - Judge rules against KC bishop; SNAP responds

We are glad that Bishop Finn has lost his bid for more secrecy. We are glad that he must turn over relevant documents to prosecutors. This information can only help shed light on how Catholic officials handle abuse reports and predator priests in secrecy.

As this trial nears, we are grateful that Bishop Finn will likely have to face tough questions under oath in open court. During trials, more secrets are exposed showing who conceals child sex crimes. And when corruption surfaces, it spur others with facts and suspicions to come forward, protect kids, help police and uncover truth. 


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commented 2012-07-01 18:39:02 -0500 · Flag
I’m delighted that finn must show up, be sworn in, and hopefully tell the truth. However, I have little faith that he knows what it means to tell the truth.

He probably doesn’t understand the difference between a lie and the truth. That’s why he was groomed to become a bishop. To lie, cheat, steal, rape, it’s all the same, the “truth” rarely figures into anything for a bishop.

I’m hopeful that he will be found guilty and serve time in a maximum security prison.

lordy hear my prayer…
commented 2012-07-01 14:10:32 -0500 · Flag
I hope that the court establishes up front that Bishop Finn will not be using the Age-old Vatican “Art of Mental Reservation,” which gives clerics a “Get out of the Punishments of Hell, Free Pass” for lying! Under age-old Vatican guidelines, one can lie, with a FREE Conscience, if telling the truth would bring SCANDAL to the Holy Roman Catholic Church or to the priesthood. Anyone, who questions my interpretation of the “Art of Mental Reservation,” may look up “Mental Reservation” on Wikipedia. This of course is a lesson, categorized under the heading, “Catholic Ethics,” a misnomer similar to the idea of a “Sanitary Landfill.” It is also mentioned in the online Catholic Encyclopedia. Both are excellent sources for info about "Mental Reservation (if the online Catholic Encyclopedia hasn’t deleted the article by now)!
commented 2012-06-28 23:18:27 -0500 · Flag
I am a survivor who lives in KC. I think I will find a hotel near the courthouse so that I can be at Finn’s trial every day.
commented 2012-06-28 17:28:22 -0500 · Flag
Even if Bishop Finn needs to face embarrassing questions, under oath, he could always practice what the Church calls, “Mental Reservation,” which allows one to LIE if Scandal would be brought to the clergy or the Holy Roman Catholic Church. As far as taking an oath not to lie, if he can abrogate his oath to protect children from Predator Priests, what good is his word, anyway! If he should lie under oath and it is discovered, I hope that the judge throws the book at him. Gammarelli’s in Rome is where many bishops go to get their designer vestments. Maybe Gammarelli’s should make a line of little, orange Prison jumpsuits! I hope that Finn gets measured for his in advance!
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