Showing posts with label Bishop Finn Kansas City. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bishop Finn Kansas City. Show all posts

Friday, June 3, 2011

More Problems for the Kansas City Catholic Church

Thursday night Bishop Finn of the Kansas City-St Joseph Diocese of the Catholic Church removed Father Michael Tierney from his position as pastor at Christ the King Church in Waldo. The Bishop cited allegations from Credible sources that Tierney was involved in sexual misconduct. The alleged misconduct occurred in the 70's and 80's. According to Finn, Father Tierney denies the allegations, but has been cooperating fully.

Tierney's "Pastor's page" has been removed from Christ the King's website, but according to a cached version, he has been at Christ the King since January of 2010. A Kansas City native, he attended St Peter's Elementary School, and bounced around from church to church in his priest career, all of which has been spent in the Kansas City-St Joseph Diocese.

All of this comes on the heels of Father Shawn Ratigan being charged with child pornography. Interestingly, Tierney spent 4 and a half years at St Patrick's Church in the Northland in the late 70's - the time of the alleged misconduct. This is the same church that Ratigan worked at when he was accused of child pornography. It seems the Kansas City-St Joseph Diocese has decided it's time to come clean with all the dirty priests now. I wonder how many more of these perverts the Bishop knows about.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Kansas City Bishop Finn Says Mistakes Made in Ratigan Child Porn Case

The Bishop of the Kansas City-St Joseph Diocese admitted on Friday that he should have done more after learning about Father Shawn Ratigan's inappropriate behavior. Last week, Ratigan was charged with possession of Child Pornography.

Since the priest's arrest, new details have emerged that inappropriate conduct was noted more than a year ago by the principal of St Patrick's School in Kansas City, North of the river. In a letter to the diocese, the Principal noted that teachers and parents had some concerns about the Father being a little too touchy, feely with the children, as well as a large number of pictures he was taking.

That letter found it's way to the desk of Monsignor Robert Murphy in May of last year. The Monsignor spoke with Bishop Finn about the letter, but the Bishop never asked to see the report. Monsignor Murphy spoke with Father Ratigan about his behavior, and it was left at that.

Bishop Finn now regrets that he did not take more action and vows to change policies for future possible events. All this rings hollow to catholics who have seen and heard this song and dance before. Back in 2008 while announcing a Church payout to the tune of $10 million to victims of past abuse in the Kansas City area, the Bishop apologised and vowed to put into place programs that would see this never happen again. How'd that work out for ya, Bishop.

The Catholic Church is a joke. I can't understand how anyone can step into a Catholic Church, let alone give them money. But I do understand them a little more. They are so opposed to abortion because it would rob them of one more child they could molest.


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