MO - KC Catholic bishop to get new PR staffer

MO - KC Catholic bishop to get new PR staffer

On one hand, we're grateful that Rebecca Summers is being replaced. She's been part of the deceit and cover up of clergy sex crimes in Kansas City for years. And she's said some dreadfully hurtful things to victims over the years. (She told one man who was helping to expose predators that his recently-deceased mother would be ashamed of him).

On the other hand, shuffling staffers and titles is one way embattled bishops often try to blunt reform and mollify parishioners, by pretending they're making real changes. We suspect this is what Bishop Finn is doing.

The pattern of hiding heinous crimes against kids is longstanding and deeply rooted in the Kansas City diocese. Reversing it won't happen because a few employees are moved around and a few new titles are handed out. It will take continued pressure from secular authorities, continued courage from victims and continued skepticism and vigilance by parishioners and the public.


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  • commented 2012-07-03 21:05:44 -0500
    Rebecca Summers will NOT be missed my yours truly. I could care less who is appointed to take her place, it will be the same old song and dance.
  • commented 2012-07-03 17:21:56 -0500
    It’s almost like re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic. It’s unfortunate that the state of our economy often dictates that one take just about any job that he or she can find. I just hope that good, honest, law abiding people aren’t suckered into taking positions in this Archdiocese or any other in the USA and Canada!
  • published this page in Media Statements 2012-07-03 14:15:22 -0500