Esme’s Blog: Bishop Indicted in Sex Abuse Case

It is about time. This week Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City was indicted for failing to report pornographic pictures he knew priests under his supervision had taken of young girls.

He knew about the pictures in December of last year and failed to report them until May. During that time one priest continued to take lewd pictures of at least one young girl.

Read the New York Times article

For years I have covered stories of abuse by priests. In so many cases there is the issue of what the church hierarchy knew and to what degree they protected their own.

Yes, the Catholic Church has paid out millions to settle lawsuits. Yes, they have agreed to policies, including in the Kansas City diocese, to immediately report abuse. But this case clearly shows the church has overlooked these agreements and continued to follow a path of shielding and even enabling criminal behavior.

Bishop Finn has only been charged with a misdemeanor. But it is a criminal charge. Victims groups are hailing this as a breakthrough. And perhaps, this will lead to a change in the culture within the church that has perpetuated a cycle of secrecy and abuse. It is about time.

  • Dean

    Being a catholic, I am glad that these instances are finally being brought into the open. The secrecy of these instances were a total cover-up of some very serious problems in the church.

    • MomSal

      After years of repeated infractions against innocent children that mock the criminal justice systems of every country on earth, why has it taken so long for perpetrators – regardless of their station in life – to be brought to justice? Every human being, regardless of their religion, must demand it.

  • Rags

    Long overdue. It’s as if these priests and bishops were untouchable when, in fact, they are as accountable under the laws of the land as “the common people” who don’t wear silken robes and satin hats.

  • Scott

    The crime should be more then a misdemeanor. This man, this bishops is just as guilty as the perpetrator.

  • Roger Kiemele

    The MN Archdioses wants it’s Bishops to unite in passing next years anti gay marriage ban but they cannot keep their pediophile priests “in check”. Sadly hilarious.

  • B in MPLS

    For the Catholic Church, consensual gay sex is a sin, yet raping little boys and ruining their lives is so inconsequential to these goons that it is covered-up by the highest ranking people in the church with little more than a wink and a nod.

    The sick part is, if we weren’t living in the “information age,” this cover-up culture would have continued as it has for hundreds and hundreds of years.

    If you want to give to charity, take every dollar you were going to give to the Catholic Church and instead give it to a group that helps victims of child abuse. Money MUCH BETTER spent!!

  • See BS

    I don’t get what makes the Catholic Church a law enforcement agency? The Catholic Church does not have the power to compile criminal records on citizens of the United States.

    So essentially they are being sued for not being the Police or the Judicial branch.

    People are suppose to go to the police if they are victim of a crime.


      Hey BS, they are supposed to be doing to work of the lord. They are above politicians, teachers, etc because they are supposed to be the role model for a christian society. Yes, they have a far greater responsibility than the average citizen to condone these acts of sickness. Think about the lives these priests have ruined yet put the tray out every Sunday so people can pay for their expenses. If the president has an affair I don’t really care as long as he is doing a good job. I didn’t hire him to be a symbol of morality, I voted for him to run the country. The church on the other hand is supposed to show the way. Sicko’s.

      • See BS

        14th amendment says you cannot pass laws and make a seperate set of rules for Catholics. In the eyes of the law, Catholic Priests and Bishops are to be treated the same as anyone else.

        So if you can sue the Catholic Church for 10 million dollars, you can sue the DFL public School Teachers unions for sex abuse too.

  • Michael Clark

    There is za reason why I’m a RECOVERING Catholic

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