NE--Disgraced KC bishop now works in Nebraska; Victims object
For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016
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.
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.
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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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