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Petitioning President, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops His Eminence Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and 9 others

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


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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.

Letter to
President, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops His Eminence Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson
Apostolic Nuncio to the United States Cardinal Vigano
and 7 others
Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph, MO Bishop Robert Finn
N/A Jeff Weis
Dir. of Communications - Diocese KCSJ Mr. Jack Smith
Chairman, USCCB Committee on Child Protection Bishop R. Daniel Conlon
Italian Bishops Conference - Press Center Chiesa Cattolica Italiana
Vice President, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz
Holy See to the United Nations Holy See
I'm writing today to ask that you support the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn, the head of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

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 the 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.

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.

Leadership within the Catholic Church must hold accountable any member who endangers children in our communities. By not supporting the resignation of Bishop Finn fromDiocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, it's almost as if the United Catholic Bishop's Conference and other leaders are endorsing his actions.

Forgiveness and change can exist together. Therefore, 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.

Thank you.