Father Robert W. Finn is bishop of the Kansas City-St. Joseph archdiocese. He is also, according to today’s New York Times, an outspoken theological conservative.
And he’s a protector of at least one child abuser. That child abuser’s name is Father Shawn Ratigan. Here’s the New York Times:
Bishop Finn acknowledged that he knew of the [child pornography] photographs [taken by Father Shawn Ratigan] last December  but did not turn them over to the police until May . During that time, the priest, the Rev. Shawn Ratigan, is said to have continued to attend church events with children, and took lewd photographs of another young girl.
Six months of concealment. Can you believe it?
Father Finn, rather than immediately reporting Father Ratigan to the police, did the following:
Bishop Finn sent Father Ratigan to live in a convent and told him to avoid contact with minors. But until May the priest attended children’s parties, spent weekends in the homes of parish families, hosted an Easter egg hunt and presided, with the bishop’s permission, at a girl’s First Communion, according to interviews with parishioners and a civil lawsuit filed by a victim’s family.
And what will be Father Finn’s punishment for his barf-bag level behavior?
He’s being charged by the county prosecutor with one misdemeanor count. No felony child endangerment. No felony of any sort at all. Just a misdemeanor that carries a potential $1000 fine.
And is the bishop repentant? No. He plans to fight the misdemeanor charge.
And his church, which is supposed to be a representative of Christ on earth, shows no signs it intends to discipline him in any substantial way.
Can you imagine?
How anyone could ever leave his or her children unsupervised around any Catholic priest anywhere in the world is beyond me.
And, given the Catholic Church’s ongoing and flagrant criminality under Pope Joseph Ratinger, Johann Hari’s call for his arrest continues to ring true: