A correction prompted by the May 27 issue of the Kansas City Star which I just read, the day after I viewed the Fox 4 newscast. The principal of St Patrick’s School, Julie Hess, sent the letter in question to the Vicar General Robert Murphy. Murphy, according to the newspaper article, met with Ratigan and outlined the parameters of Ratigan’s behavior. At this point, I do not know what Murphy, Finn’s principal deputy, communicated to Finn. I suggest that this Kansas City Star story be read in its entirety. Friday, May 27, 2011, front page, Alan Bavley and Glenn E. Rice
Friday, May 27, 2011 Fox 4 News 6:00 PM
Bishop Finn, Spiritual Leader and so-called Shepherd of The People held a news conference. Head down, eyes averted, Bishop Finn read a prepared statement.
I did not attend the news conference so am writing of what I observed on the Fox 4 news. During this past week, I have written about the Ratigan situation that culminated in the May 27 statement by Finn. My blogs are summary of articles in the Kansas City Star, The Leaven and my personal reactions to the stories.
In 2008, civil law suits filed against the diocese headed by Bishop Finn, hopefully raising the shepherd’s awareness of danger to the children of his flock.
In May, 2010, the principal of St. Patrick’s School, (where Ratigan had access to the children) wrote to Finn expressing her concerns over Ratigan’s behavior towards the children. (Correction noted…the letter was sent to the Vicar General Robert Murphy–second in the chain of command.)
The principal worked the chain going to the man expected to take firm action. Finn admitted to receiving the letter. Ratigan was not removed at that time.
May 2011 Finn stands before television camera to admit that:
1. A year earlier Finn had the principal’s letter. (May 2010)
2. Six months earlier Finn had the images from Ratigan’s computer. The diocese returned that computer to Ratigan’s family. (Dec. 2010)
3. During those six months, Finn was aware that Ratigan was not adhering to the rules laid down by this shepherd’s monitoring of Ratigan’s behavior.
A reporter attending the news conference asked Finn if he planned to resign. According to the news story, Finn responded that he was looking towards the future–and then Finn left the room. (May, 2011)
Perhaps Archbishop Dolan can control that nausea thing and welcome Finn to New York. (May 26 blog referencing The Leaven, May 20, 2011)
Perhaps Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann’s concluding prayer gets tweaked a bit to “Pray for” the Catholic People “that they not grow weary or discouraged” despite the horrors of the ongoing revelations of the abuse and cover-up scandal that allows sexual and physical harm to children to go unpunished. (The Leaven, May 20, 2011)
Perhaps Bernard Law has an opening at the Church of Mary Major in Rome.