Kansas City is still waiting for the bishop and the Catholic diocese to do the right thing / The Kansas City Star

The only reassuring news to come out of an arbitrator’s recent finding against the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is that its Victim Advocacy Program, created in 2008 in response to the priest abuse scandal, is operating well.

“But every other conclusion of the arbitrator — upheld last week by Jackson County Circuit Judge Bryan Round — brought shame to the diocese and provided more than enough reasons for Bishop Robert W. Finn, already convicted of a misdemeanor, to resign.

“In ordering the diocese to pay $1.1 million for violating its agreement with sex abuse victims, arbitrator Hollis Hanover was blunt: ‘Where they (the victims) expected protection, they received desertion; where the assertion of authority on their behalf was required, they received betrayal.’

“He also said he hopes ‘that I am dead wrong in my opinion that this Diocese as presently constituted will not mend its ways.’

“Everyone hopes that. But there’s little reason for optimism.”

Editorial in The Kansas City Star – Click here to read the rest of this editorial.

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  1. #1 by Most Rev. George R. Lucey, FCM on August 20, 2014 - 6:11 PM

    Perhaps it is time for the folks in Kansas City to take a look at The American National Catholic Church (www.TheANCC.org), we just concluded our Convocation in St. Louis, and had two more parish communities received into the jurisdiction.St. Francis of Assisi American National Catholic parish in NJ (www.StFrancisnj.org) was honored to be a part of the joyous celebrations.

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