NE--Disgraced KC bishop now works in Nebraska; Victims object

NE--Disgraced KC bishop now works in Nebraska; Victims object

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A disgraced Missouri Catholic bishop has quietly moved to Nebraska where he works as a chaplain for nuns. This is an outrage. It shows how little has changed in the church hierarchy: clerics who commit or conceal child sex crimes are still being coddled, moved elsewhere and getting second chances instead of being fired.

Last year, Bishop Robert Finn resigned as head of the Kansas City diocese. He was convicted of refusing to report child sex crimes to police. But he now works at the School Sisters of Christ the King in the Lincoln, Nebraska with the approval of Lincoln Bishop James Conley.

http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/archbishop-john-nienstedt-bishop-robert-finn-have-new-homes-outside-respective

Shame on both of Finn and Conley. Ignoring wrongdoing encourages wrongdoing.

If Missouri laws were less predator-friendly, Finn might be in jail. In Kansas City, he knowingly and repeatedly put kids in harms’ way and deceived parishioners. He certainly should not be in ministry. He ought to be defrocked.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.comSNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

 

Archbishop John Nienstedt, Bishop Robert Finn have new homes outside former dioceses

Brian Roewe  |  Jan. 14, 2016mai

Two U.S. bishops who prematurely resigned their posts amid clergy sexual abuse scandals each have found new landing spots outside their previous dioceses.

A southern Michigan parish announced over the weekend that Archbishop John Nienstedt, formerly head of the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese, will help out temporarily in the coming months, while Bishop Robert Finn, former head of the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo. diocese, began last month as chaplain for a Nebraska community of women religious.

Within the span of two months last spring, Finn, 62, and Nienstedt, 68, stepped down as shepherds of their respective dioceses, both of which . . . 

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  • commented 2016-01-16 05:21:37 -0600
    I constantly hear people praising Pope Francis and his concern about the environment, the green pope always talking about global warming and climate control. That just makes my skin crawl, especially when I read stories like this about this bishop. Many things are constantly spilling out of Francis’ mouth, but what has he actually done? He certainly hasn’t made any changes on the church’s policy regarding predator priests, or the people who protect them How dense can people be? Is anyone publicly voicing criticism about this used car salesman pope the Catholic church has?
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