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Vatican conducts visitation of Bishop Finn’s diocese

September 30, 2014

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa has conducted an apostolic visitation of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri, according to the National Catholic Reporter.

The diocese’s bishop, Bishop Robert Finn, was convicted in 2012 of failing to report suspected child abuse.

The principal question asked by the Canadian prelate, anonymous sources told the National Catholic Reporter, was "Do you think [Bishop Finn] is fit to be a leader?"

Bishop Finn “cooperated with the process and was obligated by the terms of the visitation not to speak of it to anyone, including his senior staff and communications director,” a diocesan spokesman stated.


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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Sep. 30, 2014 7:38 PM ET USA

    Bishop Finn made mistakes but to send a Bishop from Canada to investigate is like the pot calling the kettle black.

  • Posted by: Defender - Sep. 30, 2014 6:57 PM ET USA

    "Do you think [insert name] is fit to be a leader?" Wow, can you imagine if they asked all of the laity this question and went further and asked why?

  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - Sep. 30, 2014 10:56 AM ET USA

    Is Fr I targeting only conservatives? It is beginning to look so.