Archbishop Charles J. Chaput: Support the Resignation of Criminally Convicted Bishop Robert Finn
  • Petitioned Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

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Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
Secretary to the Archbishop
Rev. Brian Hennessy

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput: Support the Resignation of Criminally Convicted Bishop Robert Finn

    1. Sister Maureen Paul Turlish
    2. Petition by

      Sister Maureen Paul Turlish

      New Castle, DE

As a long time member of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia before entering religious life and having taught in parish grade schools and Catholic high schools there, I want Archbishop Charles J. Chaput to support the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn from the Kansas City – St. Joseph Diocese who was convicted of failing to report a priest who had taken or possessed hundreds of pornographic pictures of young girls.

I'm also a founding member of the National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC ), an all volunteer organization that journeyed to Kansas City, MO within days of the criminal conviction of Bishop Finn to call for his resignation because a criminally convicted bishop cannot lead and everyday he remains in office he re-victimizes sexual abuse survivors. I've seen firsthand how child abuse within the church can be covered up. 

As a veteran of the successful campaign to remove the Statute of Limitation covering the sexual abuse of minors in Delaware, and an advocate for sexual abuse survivors, I believe it is most inappropriate for Bishop Robert Finn to remain in the office of bishop and that Archbishop Charles J. Chaput should show true leadership by joining in the calls for Finn's resignation. 

In September of 2012, a judge found Bishop Robert Finn guilty on one misdemeanor charge after he failed to report a priest who had taken or possessed hundreds of pornographic pictures of young girls. Even though Finn was found guilty in a court of law, he remains the Bishop of the Kansas City – St. Joseph Diocese. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput and United States Conference of Catholic Bishops should protect children and call for Finn's resignation.

Bishop Finn should immediately resign and Archbishop Charles J. Chaput should support his resignation.

NOTE: I encourage everyone to join this campaign, but if you're a Catholic person or survivor of abuse, please say so in the "Why People Are Signing" section.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 9 months ago

      The engine of my entire

      Action is justice.

      Anything else would be for me

      a missed life.

      (Alice Schwarzer)

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    • Eileen Revell-Fowler WHANGAREI, NEW ZEALAND
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I have been a victim /survivor of abuse both physical and sexual within the catholic church

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    • Mia Holman BRYN MAWR, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a family member of an abuse victim. I am a practicing Catholic and am trying to be active in bringing about the changes necessary to make our Church as Christ intends it to be.

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    • MICHAEL SKIENDZIELEWSKI 19111-1366, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Archbishop Chaput: you have spoken of a "hard accouting" in the next life for our US Catholic Church leaders. US Catholics need this "hard accounting" here on earth for those leaders who have been convicted of criminal offenses related to the protection of our children.

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    • Kerry Burgess MIDLAND, MI
      • almost 2 years ago

      Too many secrets for too long, especially in the Catholic Church. Too many lies.

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