A Catholic bishop in Kansas City must stand trial on charges that he failed to report a priest found with pornographic pictures of young girls on his Church computer to police, a judge said on Thursday.
Bishop Robert Finn, head of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, faces one misdemeanor charge that he failed to tell authorities that Church officials had found disturbing pictures of unclothed little girls that appeared to have been taken by a popular local priest, Father Patrick Ratigan.
What an unfortunate name for a priest, but if he’s going to behave like a rat, again and again…
The Church’s reaction, from a Cardinal Dolan, contains an even more unfortunate turn of phrase. From Digby’s article again:
“I think we bishops have been very contrite in admitting that the church did not handle this well at all in the past,” he said. “But we bristle sometimes in that the church doesn’t get the credit, now being in the vanguard of reform. It does bother us that the church continues to be a whipping boy.”
(Bolds mine.) Maybe that wouldn’t happen if the Church didn’t have so many priests who are “in the vanguard of” whipping boys, stripping girls, etc. Abuse of children is ugly, no matter who does it. There should be no “get out of jail free” card for clergy: they should be prosecuted, and anyone who covers up such abuse, yes, even a bishop, should also be prosecuted.