Some KC Catholics Angry, Some Relieved at Finn’s Resignation

Some Kansas City area Catholics are split on after learning their Bishop, Robert Finn has resigned.

After a mid-day mass at Redemptorist Church in Kansas City, some said Finn was driven from office.

“They’re not being fair. They’re putting it all on his back and he has people working under him,” said Virginia Vigliaturo.

“Well, it’s unfortunate that it had to come to that, but it was probably the wisest thing the Pope could do,” said Ed Stewart, another person who was at the mass.

Stewart says he liked Bishop Finn, but added he thought is resignation would solve a lot of political problems in the diocese.

Finn’s resignation was announced in the Vatican very early today Kansas City time.

The Kansas City-based National Catholic Reporter, an independent newspaper that covers the Catholic Church had called for Finn’s resignation because of his handling of the way he handled the case of former priest Shawn Ratigan.

“It’s huge, it’s huge,” said National Catholic Reporter Editor Denis Coday.

“It just doesn’t happen. A Bishop usually dies in his post or retires at age 75.

Finn is 62, and appears to be in good health.

The Kansas City-based National Catholic Reporter, an independent newspaper that covers the Catholic Church had called for Finn’s resignation because of his handling of the way he handled the case of former priest Shawn Ratigan.

Ratigan is now serving a long federal prison term for possession of child pornography.

Finn was convicted for not reporting Ratigan’s problems to civilian authorizes immediately.

“He thought he was doing the right thing, but he wasn’t. And I’m not the only one who feels that way,” said Joseph Vigliaturo, Virginia’s brother in-law.

Finn also was controversial for some area Catholics because of his conservative approach to the Church. He angered some Catholics because he replaced liberal priests and pastors.

The National Catholic Reporter citied a former church administrator’s report to Rome that the Kansas City diocese’s had had lost almost 25% of its members during Finn’s 10 years as Bishop.

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