Columnist Says the Vatican Should Remove Bishop Robert Finn

October 31, 2013

A nationally known religious columnist says Pope Francis should fire Bishop Robert Finn. Bill Tammeus, a veteran Kansas City religious columnist, wrote an open letter to Pope Francis in the National Catholic Reporter.

He likens what happened in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese to Watergate and says Finn should be removed.

"I see no way for him to stay and have this Pope be taken serious to fix this scandal and so that's what led me to write this piece," says Tammeus.

Finn was convicted last year for failure to report suspected child abuse by ex-priest Shawn Ratigan, who is now in prison.

Tammeus also suggests Finn write his confessions and make them available to a church wrestling with why bishops responded so badly in the sex abuse crisis. The diocese will not comment on the letter.








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