Diocese denies that archbishop covered up priest abuse


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By Chris Oberholtz, Multimedia Producer
By Elisabeth Rentschler, Multimedia Journalist

Bishop Robert Finn, who was convicted three years ago of failing to report suspected child abuse, has resigned, but some in the Catholic community are still angry.

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests maintains that Kansas City, KS, Archbishop Joseph Naumann, who was appointed temporary leader of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese after Finn resignation, isn’t the right choice.

SNAP members say Naumann is part of a child sex abuse cover-up that happened at the Catholic Archdiocese in KCK. They are calling for systemwide change in the Catholic church.

They held a protest at the Kansas City-St Joseph Diocese after they found out that Finn will preside over the ordinations of seven deacons next month due to a scheduling conflict for his temporary replacement.

Naumann will be leading the ordination ceremony of deacons in the KCK diocese he leads at the same time the May 23 ordinations are scheduled for the Missouri diocese. …

Jack Smith, a spokesman for the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese, brushed off those accusations on Naumann’s behalf.

Smith said Naumann reported the complaints as soon as he heard about them.

“There’s no possible way you could claim the archbishop was covering this up when he sent it to the prosecutor, when he alerted parishioners,” Smith said. “It’s just completely spurious.”

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