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Kansas City priests divided over Bishop Finn

Catholic World News - December 03, 2012

Nearly three months after Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City – St. Joseph was convicted on one count of failing to report suspected child abuse, one half of the priests in his diocese want him to resign, according to survey results obtained by The New York Times.

The survey was conducted by a fundraising consulting group as the diocese contemplates the construction of a Catholic high school. The newspaper obtained the survey results of 32 out of the 40 priests who had completed the survey.

“Yes, there is a divide in the presbyterate, but in my opinion it’s the same old tired divide that has existed from the day he arrived,” said Father Vince Rogers. “In a word, some of the priests wish that we had a more liberal bishop, and they are willing to use any means to achieve that end.”

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  • Posted by: aclune9083 - Dec. 07, 2012 3:23 PM ET USA

    Anyone of good will would not conduct such a survey; it is equally telling that anyone would respond and, of more importance, that anyone would report such nonsense. The True Church is not a democracy, run by the results of a town hall meeting conducted by apostates for apostates. The priests who wish for a more "liberal" bishop (whatever that means), are the result of 40 years of Vatican II novelty. They have sown the wind; here comes the whirlwind, folks.

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