Friday, September 06, 2019
KANSAS CITY CATHOLIC LEADERS PUBLISH NAMES OF DEAD, FIRED AND IMPRISONED PRIESTS ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSE!!!
After persistent demands from activists, today Kansas City Catholic leadership submits and offers up the names of so many disgraced priests.
Here's the most important part of their statement . . .
Bishop of Kansas City – St. Joseph James V. Johnston, Jr.: "In releasing this list my first hope is that it will acknowledge the survivors of clergy sexual abuse and their wounds. Not long ago, one abuse survivor told me, “Bishop, we cannot heal until these wounds are brought into the light. If no one knows about them, they are still there, festering and poisoning the Church.” The release of these names cannot change the past. It is merely a step forward in hope, but a necessary step. All sin is terrible, but the sins of clerics who betray the sacred trust to care for little ones is especially egregious. Jesus himself singled out this betrayal as particularly wicked in the eyes of God. The anger at these sins is fully justified."
Notice the important blame shift and fact check from the Bishop who speaks to the treachery of predator priests against the strict moral code of The Church.
And so we ask:
WILL THIS CONFESSION HELP SAVE KANSAS CITY CATHOLIC CREDIBILITY, STRENGTHEN THE RESOLVE OF DETRACTORS AND/OR DISHEARTEN THE FAITHFUL?!?!?
The only thing for certain is that Kansas City Catholics remain mired in this controversy and continue to search for salvation. It seems that today's step involving painful disclosures and commitment to public accountability might the only path toward finally seeing the light.
Check the links:
KCSJ Diocese: Diocese Releases List of Accused Clergy -- A listing of those clerics of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph who have been found to have substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor is available here.
KSHB: Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese names clergy accused of abuse
KCTV5: Thirteen of the 19 clerics on the list released Friday have died. Two have been permanently removed from ministry and four have been laicized, or removed from clerical service.
You decide . . .