Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Victim's rights group SNAP calls out what they believe is Catholic hypocrisy that connects to Kansas City . . .

MO - Pope ousts one bishop but let’s convicted one stay

In a highly unusual move, Pope Francis has suspended a German bishop for financial misdeeds.

But the pope - like his predecessors - ignores bishops who have concealed or are concealing child sex crimes. He should suspend them promptly, starting with Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City Missouri, who was convicted last year of withholding evidence - hundreds of sexual photos of young girls - from police.

(TKC Note: Actually, the conviction was not reporting his suspicions of abuse but you get the point)

There are many bishops who should be suspended. But Finn is the most clearly proven wrongdoer. His guilt was established in an impartial trial in open court, despite a bevy of experienced and highly-paid lawyers fighting on his behalf.

Many Catholics no doubt applaud the German bishop’s suspension. But think about the message it sends hundreds of thousands of victims of child molesting clerics: “The Pope cares more about saving the church’s money than about saving the church’s children.”

One reason to suspend a wrongdoer is to deter others from emulating him. So what’s more crucial to deter? Child sex crimes and cover ups? Or financial extravagance?
Photo babe: Church unhappy with sexy Virgin Mary fashion


Anonymous said...

Your analogy is flimsy. The German bishop committed an overt, criminal act. Bishop Finn failed to report in a timely manner an overt, criminal act. There is a difference. It doesn't excuse Bishop Finn's delay, but there is a difference.

Ratigan committed the overt, criminal act. And he, like the German Bishop, was relieved of his duties. That's the better analogy.

Anonymous said...

accessory to a felony is a big difference

Anonymous said...

I know a couple sister's who look like her

Anonymous said...

Hail Mary full of grease the lard is with thee.
James Joyce, Ulysses.

Stephen said...

At first I was annoyed at the Popes decision to suspend the bishop. It still gets on my goat the the Pope can waste tens of millions of dollars gallivanting down to Rio, while this bishop has invested in real estate that will be an asset to the church and will realise capital gains is demonised. But his decision is quite a wise one. It allows a very heated situation to cool down and the professionals can audit. If the bishop is cleared he can return with a clean slate and if he has done wrong the canon law will be applied.

Anonymous said...

Get over your Finn addiction Tony damn already waste of time and server space. Use the garbage chute.

Anonymous said...

(see photo posted)

Behold a miracle!!
My manhood malady is cured!

Anonymous said...

You really think its news that SNAP wants Finn's hide?

Is there any media, newspaper, TV station, blogger, whatever, besides Tony who still pay attention to SNAP press releases?

At the very least, Tony, you should check out ALL press releases, including those of SNAP, before dutifully re-typing them verbatim in your blog.

Otherwise, you are nothing more than David Clohessy's stenographer.

And his lone, remaning stenographer at that.

Anonymous said...

Bishop Finn should have faced charges under RICO.

Send the Racketeer to jail.

Anonymous said...

power doesn't work that way

Anonymous said...

Do you get a share of SNAP's commissions from the lawyers for being their PR wing? Not even the Star is that blind.

Anonymous said...

where do i sign up

Anonymous said...

And in other pervert priest news, there are some in Minnesota. But the police sometimes aren't notified in a timely fashion.

An MPR News investigation found Nienstedt and other top church officials failed to warn parishioners of a priest's sexual addiction. That priest, the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer, is serving five years in prison for sexually abusing two children and possessing child pornography.

Subsequent reports showed the archdiocese kept "borderline illegal" pornography found on the computer of the Rev. Jon Shelley in 2004 and gave extra payments to priests who sexually abused children.

In the Shelley case, police first learned of the images this year when Jennifer Haselberger, a cannon lawyer who resigned in April, called authorities. The subsequent police investigation did not find child pornography, though the lead investigator questioned whether the archdiocese turned over all the evidence. St. Paul Police recently reopened the case.

The archbishop may have made another little mistake today.

NIENSTEDT: There are no offending priests in active ministry in our archdiocese. Anyone who is a known danger to a minor or vulnerable adult is immediately removed from ministry and investigated. There are, however, priests and other members of the clergy who have been falsely accused and exonerated. It would be wrong to publicize their names as offenders when they have not been proven to be offenders. Clergy members should be given the same rights as other citizens.

Because if the police and prosecutors did not know, how were the accused offenders exonerated? Did they take the Archbishop's bonuses and buy indulgences from the Archbishop?

Anonymous said...

Yes My Children, you fuck with the money, it's heresy. Fuck with the little boys and it's fine, just fine.

Snap is happy over child abuse said...

Snap profits from pedophilia.

Anonymous said...

Bonuses for "problem" priests paid for by??? "

"I think people contribute because they think their money is going toward building up the church of God and all of the great things that come from that," she said. "I don't see how giving $900 a month to Kapoun builds up the church of God."

Former archdiocese accounting director Scott Domeier said in a recent interview with MPR News that the payments to problem priests total $200,000 to $250,000 a year.

Canon lawyer Jennifer Haselberger found several of the payments during an audit in February 2012. She expressed her disapproval to Archbishop John Nienstedt, who told her he didn't know about the arrangements. Haselberger persuaded Nienstedt to stop the payments to Kapoun and several others. But she said similar payments to other priests continued, based on her review of the records before she resigned in April.

Scott Domeier is the former accounting director for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. (MPR photo/Tom Scheck)

Domeier said the money came from a "clergy support fund" controlled by a handful of top officials. He said Nienstedt authorized the spending but did not review each check.

Top church officials offered several reasons for the payments, said Domeier and Haselberger.

Haselberger said that senior leaders in the chancery told her the money, in part, was needed so priests could hire good attorneys. "They thought if they weren't well represented, they would be apt to provide testimony in courts or depositions that would implicate the archdiocese," she said.

Domeier said the archdiocese provided the extra payments to make sure priests who were removed from ministry for sexual abuse didn't suffer financially. "The thought process is, ‘Once a priest, always a priest,'" he said.

Anonymous said...

There goes TKC publishing SNAP crap. How about some perspective - In 2009, there were six credible accusations made against over 40,000 priests during that year; in 2010, the number was seven. Moreover, between 2005 and 2010, the average is 8.3 a year.

Put these numbers up against ANY other organization, then you will have per·spec·tive (a way of regarding situations, facts, etc, and judging their relative importance; the proper or accurate point of view or the ability to see it; objectivity).

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