Bishop Robert Finn: Resign as Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph, MO.
  • Petitioned His Eminence Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan

This petition was delivered to:

President, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
His Eminence Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan
Vice President, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz
Italian Bishops Conference - Press Center
Chiesa Cattolica Italiana
Chairman, USCCB Committee on Child Protection
Bishop R. Daniel Conlon
Dir. of Communications - Diocese KCSJ
Mr. Jack Smith
N/A
Jeff Weis
Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph, MO
Bishop Robert Finn
Apostolic Nuncio to the United States
Cardinal Vigano
Archbishop
Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson
Holy See to the United Nations
Holy See

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.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Call for Vatican to Discipline Bishop Finn started here!

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organiser

      Call for Vatican to discipline Bishop Finn sprung from Kansas Citian's effort

      Thanks to a petition drive started by lifelong Catholic Jeff Weis, the Vatican — and perhaps even Pope Francis himself — may at long last hear the concerns of many Catholics about the way the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese, led by Bishop Robert Finn, handled reports of child sexual abuse by priests.

    2. Kansas City Faithful Urge Pope Francis!

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organiser

      Pope Pressed on Bishop Who Supervised Pedophile

      A group of Roman Catholics in Kansas City, Mo., and a priest with expertise in canon law petitioned Pope Francis this week to take disciplinary action against Bishop Robert W. Finn, who was convicted in 2012 of failing to report a priest who was an active pedophile.

    3. Large Settlement by KC Diocese

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organiser

      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.

    4. Diocesan Lawsuit over Youth Suicide!

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organiser

      Diocesan Lawsuit over Youth Suicide!

      Catholic diocese settles wrongful-death lawsuit during jury selection in Independence

      The settlement - the largest ever for the diocese in a single priest sexual abuse lawsuit - came on Monday afternoon as jury selection was underway for the trial in Jackson County Circuit Court in Independence.

    5. New Civil Suits!

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organiser

      2 New Civil Suits allege aiding and abetting!

      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.

    6. Stay up to date with twitter!

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organiser

      Stay up to date with twitter!

      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

    7. Thank You NSAC for your support!

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organiser

      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.

    8. Looking for change!

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organiser
      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.

    9. Petition Delivery to St. Louis Archdiocese

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organiser
      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.

    10. Will there be change?

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organiser
      Outgoing pope's legacy debated by Kansas City area experts

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Pope Benedict XVI's legacy is the subject of much debate. Some say the pope brought a return to conservative Catholic values, but others argue he didn't do enough in handling sexual allegations against priests and bishops. Bishop Robert Finn with the Archdiocese of Kansas City-St.

    11. Petition delivered to USCCB in Baltimore, MD

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organiser
      Bishop Finn Petition Delivered to USCCB in Baltimore, MD. Nov 13, 2012

      Bishop Finn Petition Delivered to USCCB in Baltimore, MD. Nov 13, 2012

    12. Who will tell Finn to step down?

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organiser

      Someone should tell Finn to step down if he won't do it himself | National Catholic Reporter

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    13. A Clergy Divided in Kansas City

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organiser
      Bishop Robert Finn Criticized for Not Reporting Priest

      Now, recent interviews and a private survey by a company working for the Roman Catholic diocese here show for the first time that a significant number of the bishop's own priests have lost confidence in him. Bishop Finn, who oversees the Diocese of Kansas City-St.

    14. Awkward Moments ahead for Finn in Baltimore

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organiser

      Bishop Convicted Of Covering Up Child Abuse Is Problem For Catholic Hierarchy

      (RNS) As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops gathers for its annual fall meeting in Baltimore next week (Nov. 12-15), one of the biggest issues confronting the prelates won't be on the formal agenda: how to cope with the re-election of a president whose policies many bishops denounced as unprecedented attacks on the Catholic Church.

    15. Local Billboard calls for Resignation

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organiser

      Billboard calls for Finn to resign - KansasCity.com

      A billboard on south Interstate 35 just past Armour Road spells out a blunt message: "For the good of the people Bishop Finn must RESIGN!" The sign also highlights an online petition that has been circulating for a month, calling for Bishop Robert Finn's resignation. The Kansas City-St.

    16. Reached 20,000 signatures
    17. St. Joseph, MO..

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organiser

      Thousands Sign Online Petition Urging Resignation of Bishop Finn

      (KANSAS CITY, Mo) He is the first leader in the Catholic Church to ever be convicted of concealing a sexual abuse crime. Now, some members of the church not only want Bishop Robert Finn to resign his position as leader of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese, they are putting their names on the dotted line.

    18. In the News....

      Jeff Weis
      Petition Organiser

      Petition calls for Bishop Finn's resignation

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A petition has been organized calling for Bishop Robert Finn to resign from the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Last month, Finn was found guilty for failing to report suspected child abuse. He's the highest-ranking U.S. church official to ever face such a conviction.

    19. Reached 17,500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • E Crabtree NEW GLOUCESTER, ME
      • 17 days ago

      It is important to support the truth, support and stand with the victim(s), hold offender(s) accountable, and send a clear and unambiguous message that I have zero tolerance for abuse for the children and/or adults regardless of who does it.

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    • Amy Atterberry YPSILANTI, MI
      • 20 days ago

      This issue should be important to everyone.

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    • Casey Joyce BEAVERTON, OR
      • 22 days ago

      Anyone who abuses children, or helps or cover it up in anyway, should be in jail

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    • Liz Reardon OWASSO, OK
      • 22 days ago

      Acriminal that's why. He knew and accepted criminal behavior. Worse then the criminal themselves..

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    • Jenifer Conroy DELTONA, FL
      • 24 days ago

      He must resign with any knowledge of any misgivings, ESPECIALLY involving children.

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