Bishop Robert Finn: Resign as Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph, MO.
  • Petitioned Bishop R. Daniel Conlon

This petition was delivered to:

Chairman, USCCB Committee on Child Protection
Bishop R. Daniel Conlon
Vice President, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz
Dir. of Communications - Diocese KCSJ
Mr. Jack Smith
Bishop
Bishop Robert Finn
President, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
His Eminence Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop
Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson
Petitioner
Jeff Weis

Bishop Robert Finn: Resign as Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph, MO.

    1. Petition by

      Jeff Weis

      Kansas City, MO

Bishop Robert Finn is head of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. He is also the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic cleric to be convicted in a decades-long child sexual abuse scandal.

In September of 2012, a judge found Bishop 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. Now, many members of our community feel he is unfit to lead and should resign. He is currently the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic cleric to be convicted in a decades-long child sexual abuse scandal.

This isn’t a new problem. Only three years ago, Bishop Finn settled lawsuits with 47 plaintiffs in sexual abuse cases for $10 million and agreed to a long list of preventive measures, among them to immediately report anyone suspected of being a pedophile to law enforcement authorities.

I’m from Kansas City, MO - born and raised Catholic in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. As a Catholic, I believe in forgiveness. But I also believe that forgiveness and change can exist together and that’s why I feel it’s necessary for Bishop Finn to immediately resign. The spiritual, emotional, and moral pain that this issue has caused to Finn’s fellow clergymen, diocesan employees, volunteers, parishioners and faithful must begin to come to an end.

Begin the healing by resigning.

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    News

    1. Kansas City Bishop Finn found Guilty Again!

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organizer

      Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn and Diocese ordered to pay another $1.1 million for failure to abide by terms of 2008 settlement.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/01/us/diocese-of-kansas-city-st-joseph-to-pay-for-failure-to-report-abuse.html?_r=0

      Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph to Pay for Failure to Report Abuse

      CHICAGO - A Roman Catholic diocese in Missouri has been ordered to pay $1.1 million to victims of sexual abuse for breaking its promises on improving the way it deals with abuse cases. An arbitrator ruled that the Diocese of Kansas City-St.

    2. Large Settlement Payout!

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organizer

      Troubled Missouri diocese to pay $600,000 abuse settlement

      (RNS) The Catholic diocese in Missouri led by Bishop Robert Finn, who was convicted last year of failing to report a priest who was taking pornographic pictures of children, will pay a $600,000 settlement to the family of one of the priest's victims. The family filed the civil suit in federal court in 2011 against Finn, the Diocese of Kansas City-St.

    3. New Civil Suits Filed!

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organizer

      New Civil Suits allege aiding and abetting by Bishop Finn and the Diocese!

      New civil suits are filed against priest, bishop and KC diocese - KansasCity.com

      They allege that Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph aided and abetted the Rev. Shawn Ratigan as he sexually abused and engaged in “child pornographic offenses” with two young girls while Ratigan was employed as a priest. Last week the diocese settled a similar case for $600,000.

    4. Stay up to date with Twitter

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organizer
      Finn Petition (FinnPetition) on Twitter

      The latest from Finn Petition (@FinnPetition). Forgiveness and Change Working Together - Seeking the Resignation of Bishop Robert Finn. Kansas City, MO USA

    5. Thank you NSAC for your Support!

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organizer

      Action Alert Regarding Bishop Finn, by Kristine Ward

      The National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) has taken a strong stand that it is an imperative part of true healing in the Church regarding the sexual abuse crisis that criminally convicted Bishop Robert Finn who still heads the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in Missouri must resign or be removed.

    6. Looking for change!

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organizer
      Some Catholics hope new pope will remove Kansas City's bishop

      Some Catholics hope new pope will remove Kansas City's bishop Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 8:34 PM EST Updated: Thursday, March 14, 2013 8:43 PM EST KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - Some Catholics are hoping that the new pope will remove Bishop Robert Finn as leader of the Kansas City area diocese.

    7. Petition delivery to Archdiocese!

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organizer
      Local Catholic delivers petitions to St. Louis

      A Kansas City-area Catholic is taking a petition to oust Bishop Robert Finn from the Kansas City -St. Joseph Diocese to St. Louis.

    8. Reached 75,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Daniel Fyffe LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 9 months ago

      Clean it up!!!!!

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    • Anita Woodruff CEDAR CITY, UT
      • 11 months ago

      He is a pedophile….and once a pedophile always one..I worked in Florida for about 25 years in the area of Child Sexual and Physical abuse and read hundreds of reports and reports from noted psychologist and psychiatriast, they said the same thing.

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    • Ana Pastrana HAWAIIAN GARDENS, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      the sex scandals of the catholic church need to be taken care of. and covering them up isn't the way.

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    • Mary Marron SEELEY LAKE, MT
      • about 1 year ago

      I am a counselor and had several clients who were sexually abused by priests. As a Catholic myself This was abhorent re this abuse. Since a priest is someone they could have trusted, it made sexual abuse much easier. Several were cub scouts led by priests. One person even commited suicide. This is unbelievable. I had to convince these folks it was not their fault.

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    • Bruce Eddy KANSAS CITY, MO
      • about 1 year ago

      I am a Catholic in Kansas City and know it it time for Bishop Finn to leave.

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