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Bishop Robert Finn, the chair of the U.S. Conference of  Catholic Bishops' "Task Force for the Life and Dignity of the Human Person",  has been indicted for failing to report child abuse, despite his pledge to report such activity in settlement of a $10 million legal settlement with abuse victims in Kansas City.  The Task Force includes the Bishops' Office of Child Protection. The Task Force is a sponsor of the annual Walk for Life, that protests the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion every year in January.

According to the New York Times, the indictment of the bishop, Robert W. Finn, and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph by a county grand jury was announced on Friday. Each was charged with one misdemeanor count involving a priest accused of taking pornographic photographs of girls as recently as this year.

The priest accused of taking the lewd photos, Father Ratigan, was a frequent presence in a Catholic elementary school next to his parish. The principal there sent a letter to the diocese in May 2010 complaining about Father Ratigan’s behavior with children. Then, last December, a computer technician discovered the photos on the priest’s laptop and turned the computer in to the diocese. Bishop Finn acknowledged that he knew of the photographs last December but did not turn them over to the police until May. During that time, the priest, the Rev. Shawn Ratigan, is said to have continued to attend church events with children, and took lewd photographs of another young girl.

Originally posted to Ellen Shaffer on Sat Oct 15, 2011 at 09:38 AM PDT.

Also republished by Street Prophets and Abortion.

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  •  Republished to Street Prophets. nt (2+ / 0-)
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  •  We are fighting the RCC in Philly. (5+ / 0-)

    This is the conclusion of the SECOND Grand Jury on the Sexual Abuse of Children by Clergy:

    "The present grand jury, however, is frustrated to report that much has not changed. The rapist priests we accuse were well known to the Secretary of Clergy, but he cloaked their conduct and put them in place to do it again. The procedures implemented by the Archdiocese to help victims are in fact designed to help the abusers, and the Archdiocese itself. Worst of all, apparent abusers – dozens of them, we believe  remain on duty in the Archdiocese, today, with open access to new young prey."

    I used to be Snow White. And then I drifted. - Mae West

    by CherryTheTart on Sat Oct 15, 2011 at 10:17:31 AM PDT

  •  Catholic Hospitals are many (0+ / 0-)

    and provide great service to the USA.  A problem of 1 priest or bishop does not mean a problem of all.

    Remember Mother Theresa was a Catholic.

    Root of Job Loss: Low capital gains (tax incentive) for stock market casino compared to real businesses that produces Jobs.

    by timber on Sat Oct 15, 2011 at 10:58:33 AM PDT

    •  they are part of the problem (3+ / 0-)
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      OldDragon, Marie, CherryTheTart

      ownership should be in the hands of organizations not opposed to reproductive health

      Scientific Materialism debunked here

      by wilderness voice on Sat Oct 15, 2011 at 11:07:00 AM PDT

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    •  Many good deeds do not justify sexual hypocrisy (3+ / 0-)

      Catholic hospitals do many great services.  Using their funds to buy the silence of health advocates and policy makers on matters of reproductive decisions is unconsionable.  The Church's positions on sexuality and reproductive health care have varied over time; so recently as the 1960s they recognized the legitimacy of contraception.  Presently they reflect a twisted view of human relationships and women's autonomy that is harmful to health and that most Catholics do not support.  We should have the courage to insist that this view not be accepted by advocates and policymakers.

    •  Exhibit A. It has been reported here in the (1+ / 0-)
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      Seattle area that, in connection with a merger of two slighly financially wobbly hospital systems, Swedish and Providence, ostensibly run by an order of Catholic nuns, that Swedish will have to discontinue abortions, HOWEVER Swedish is now supporting and  underwriting a Planned Parenthood Facility in its principal service area so that the services not permitted by the merger with Providence will remain available. Apparently Providence would rather close in bankruptcy than do a merger which would save its facilities and patients, but allow the wicked procedure. Sheesh.

    •  Yes, and they withhold health care from women. (2+ / 0-)
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      ershaffer, CherryTheTart

      The Catholic hospitals in the U.S. intentionally withhold any contraceptive related healthcare from women. They censor any discussions of contraception by doctors working there. They facilitated the excommunication of a nun who approved the live-saving termination of a doomed pregnancy in a patient with pulmonary hypertension.

      Catholic hospitals provide some good service to American citizens despite being Catholic, rather than because of it. They have outlived their usefulness.

      As is wonderfully explained in Charles Morris's excellent book American Catholic, these institutions once served a vital role. Virulent anti-Catholic bigotry in the mid 1800s forced the creation of a kind of parallel universe of Catholic schools, Catholic publications, Catholic service organizations and Catholic hospitals. Otherwise Roman Catholic immigrants would have been deprived of education, health care, and access to basic services.

      But that day is long past. It's a different world now. One where five of the nine Supreme Court justices are Catholics, FYI.

      Catholic hospitals have outlived their usefulness. They now serve as barriers against access to legal, needed health care for women and their families.

    •  Catholic hospitals had to be forced (0+ / 0-)

      . . . by federal law to provide the MAP to rape victims. Informing victims about and providing the MAP is standard protocol in all but RCC hospitals for raped women.

      Tell me, in terms of triage, who is the truly injured one?

      The Catholic nun injured only in her so called 'ethics?'

      Or the bleeding, beaten, raped woman she is attending?

      The RCC, in writing, sees women as less than men and operates from that perspective daily in their public service, as well as from their pulpits.

      If the RCC were serving women well, Roman Catholic women would not be using contraceptiives (98%) or having abortions. Roman Catholic women have the highest abortion rate in the USA. What is natural and right for women is what women actually DO.

      I used to be Snow White. And then I drifted. - Mae West

      by CherryTheTart on Sun Oct 16, 2011 at 01:42:37 AM PDT

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      •  they would be treated (0+ / 0-)

        Only they wont be given contraception that will kill fetus.

        That is Catholic belief that must be respected.  

        Just as Jews celebrating Passover or Muslims wearing veil.

        You cannot debate on basic Catholic belief.  

        Or Christians believing in Jesus

        or Mormons believing in Joseph Smith.

        Just need to agree to disagree.

        Root of Job Loss: Low capital gains (tax incentive) for stock market casino compared to real businesses that produces Jobs.

        by timber on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 04:52:34 PM PDT

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        •  I am a Catholic, baptized and confirmed. (0+ / 0-)

          Catholic beliefs about women's sexual/family lives are not respected by me.

          Or by most Catholic women. 98% of Catholic women use contraception. Catholic women have the highest abortion rate in the USA.

          The Roman Catholic official position is that women are flawed men whose only function is procreation. And then "the Fathers" cheerfully screw our children and coverup for each other. Please.

          Rome sucks the Big Badoodie.

          I used to be Snow White. And then I drifted. - Mae West

          by CherryTheTart on Tue Oct 18, 2011 at 01:41:24 AM PDT

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          •  Individual actions vs Church actions (0+ / 0-)

            What you do is between you  and God.  But the Church and Catholic hospitals must follow the Catholic teaching.  They believe abortion whether it is post rape  ---is infanticide.

            Root of Job Loss: Low capital gains (tax incentive) for stock market casino compared to real businesses that produces Jobs.

            by timber on Tue Oct 18, 2011 at 04:22:47 PM PDT

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            •  Abortion is not infanticide. (0+ / 0-)

              The RCC lies and lies with enthusiasm. Abortion has never been prosecuted as a homicide.

              The RCC had no problem with abortion when Pope Innocent was paying for abortions for his monks.

              I am so glad the Roman Catholic hospitals have been forced by LAW to provide the MAP and information about the MAP to rape victims.

              And a Catholic hospital recently provided an abortion to a woman who would otherwise have died. The Catholic nun who approved the abortion knew that to do otherwise would be homicide by depraved indifference.

              You can believe the moon is made of green cheese. Knock yourself out. Do not be indignant if the sane make fun of you.

              When RC dogma matches what women actually do about their fertility, then RC beliefs will be in line with prudence, morality, and respect for womankind.

              I used to be Snow White. And then I drifted. - Mae West

              by CherryTheTart on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 09:52:49 AM PDT

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              •  So you have more say than the Church (0+ / 0-)

                Urgent abortion to emergently save a woman's life is not an issue.  I am sure many Catholic hospitals will do that .  But elective abortion including post rape is considered a sin

                Root of Job Loss: Low capital gains (tax incentive) for stock market casino compared to real businesses that produces Jobs.

                by timber on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 06:11:28 PM PDT

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                •  You consider it a sin and I will save France. (0+ / 0-)

                  Urgent abortion to save a woman's life is an issue. You are a liar or you are ignorant of canon law. So we can stop right here.

                  It is a waste of everyone's time to discuss anything with the ignorant or a liar.

                  I used to be Snow White. And then I drifted. - Mae West

                  by CherryTheTart on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 09:32:00 PM PDT

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        •  Catholic bishops supported contraception 1968 (0+ / 0-)

          2 different issues: 1. Majority of bishops supported contraception use in vote in 1968.  Pope chose to accept minority report. 98% of sexually active Catholics have used birth control other than "rhythm;" most continue to. In this case leaders agree to disagree with their own adherents.  2. Refusing to save the life of a woman at risk of death from miscarriage or childbirth goes way beyond the principle of opposing contraception.

  •  To those that feel, fear such articles (4+ / 0-)

    constitute Catholic bashing, or anti-Catholic bigotry, I'd like to reiterate the progressive principle we should all strive to follow.

    Americans, Democrats, liberals, and progressive all support tolerance of all religions, support for religious diversity, and freedom, as articulated in the First Amendment of our constitution, and should be quick to reject any real religious bigotry.

    A fundamental distinction emerges when religious parties inject their religion, institutional power, or ideology into the political, civil, and criminal dimensions of public discourse.

    So the Vatican should not complain about law enforcement efforts to enforce laws to protect children.

    The Mormon Church should not complain when the GLBT community, and other civil rights groups push back against their efforts in California to pass Proposition 8.

    And, pro-Israel supporters should be cautious about trying to add a new category of "new antisemitism" to the currently accepted four to six (see Wikipedia's "antisemeticism" entries, of "excess criticisms of Israel" during a time when both the state and the AIPAC, and J-Street lobbyists invest heavily in influencing US politicians, and political opinions.

    And, fundamentalist Christians, or any other groups who misuse their tax-free pulpits to support the GOP, should expect political pushback, and have given up, to  some extent,  the right to declare bigotry as their defense against appropriate political criticism.

    Instead of making the protection of children, and religious morality their priority, the preponderance of the evidence suggests that the Vatican, and US Catholic Church chose to protect many offending Priest by rotating them into sensitive position where they continued to harm children.

    And, after a decade of investigations when it became clear that the Boston District Attorney was finally going to issue a subpoena Bishop Cardinal Law, who led these efforts for decades the Vatican transferred him to a cushy estate and job in the Vatican out of reach of extradition.

    This shameful hypocrisy and abrogation of responsibility
    forfeits claims of anti-Catholic bigotry as a protection.

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Sat Oct 15, 2011 at 11:11:18 AM PDT

    •  It's not anti-Catholic bigotry to point out that.. (3+ / 0-)
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      a Catholic Bishop has rightly been indicted for shielding a repellent pedophile from prosecution, and facilitating his access to more children.

      And that this Bishop committed this atrocity more than a decade after widespread protection of pedophile priests by the Church became common knowledge. By God, he can't claim he didn't know what he was doing.

      And it's not anti-Catholic bigotry to believe that such vile behavior should disqualify the Church from any voice in setting health care policy.

      •  Agreed, but sometimes one hears complaints that (1+ / 0-)
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        with so many other people from other religions committing crimes, why do we notice the Catholic offenses first?

        I'm rejecting these kinds of defenses -- for all religions -- just pointing it out here so we all have the basic principle in mind for application whereever it needs to be made.

        Criminal behavior is criminal behavior, even if committed by religious people, organizations, or states.  It needs to be called out.

        The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

        by HoundDog on Sun Oct 16, 2011 at 04:47:44 PM PDT

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        •  Because Bishops committed crimes in office. (0+ / 0-)

          Yes, practitioners of all sorts of religions commit crimes, all over the world. But the Catholic Church is unique in this respect: from John Paul II's Vatican right down to individual Bishops, leaders of the Church in the course of carrying out their duties engaged in a conspiracy to protect pedophile priests from the legal consequences of their rape of children.

          We don't notice the Catholic offenses first. We simply demand that the Bishops be held accountable for despicable things they did as part of their official duties, with the support of this wealthy and powerful institution.

  •  Here in a Photo is Your Answer: (4+ / 0-)

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    These displays go out before every election day to remind everyone to vote against the baby murdering party.

    There's never a display about hunger.
    There's never a display about war.
    There's never a display about justice.
    There's never a display about equality.

    There's only a display about sex control.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Oct 15, 2011 at 11:39:37 AM PDT

    •  And that "sex control" is vigorously (0+ / 0-)

      . . . ignored and repudiated by Roman Catholic women. RC women have the highest rate of abortions in the USA. Roman Catholic women use contraception (98%).

      Anthropologically speaking, humankind exhibits three strategies for dealing with unwanted births for eons: contraception, abortion and infanticide. Sane people who are not desperate support the first two solutions rather than infanticide. The insane try to force upon humans that which is unnatural to them and use force (physical and psychological) to accomplish their goals. That is the history of the RCC's attitude toward women and procreation.  Women and children are simply chattel to the RCC. For that reason alone, I left the RCC.

      I used to be Snow White. And then I drifted. - Mae West

      by CherryTheTart on Sun Oct 16, 2011 at 01:53:06 AM PDT

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