If what Father Gregory Lockwood writes is true, there should be a legal investigation of the prosecutor's office and an apostolic investigation of the facts, political, religious or otherwise:
"There is no forbearance or forgiveness for this man who pled no contest
to a politically motivated charge filed by an ambitious prosecutor with
strong ties to the abortion industry, so that he might save his local
church the pain and cost of a public trial. The statute used was not
even applicable to what happened, but such is our legal and political
In his letter,Father Gregory Lockwood, who also serves as secretary for seminarians in the diocesan vocations office, attributed Finn's resignation to "a long, bitter, nasty campaign by many of our brothers and sisters, who, for whatever reason, were convinced that he needed to go." He said the push for Finn's departure had less to do with the Ratigan affair and more so with Finn rejecting "their view of church reality" largely tied to Vatican II ideas.
"If this had happened on another, more popular bishop's watch, the aftermath we have seen would not have occurred, because the motivation for the mob-scene that ensued was Bishop Finn's fidelity to a classical concept of the church, not the cover-up of any misconduct," he wrote.
"No one has won anything here; we've all lost. An honorable man has been unjustly disgraced, and we have sacrificed his dignity and our own in a rush to punish and destroy, things antithetical to everything our common faith represents," Fr. Lockwood said.
You can read the whole un-Christian brouhaha by the Kansas City Star (secular newspaper) by pressing this sentence.
I suspect that the priest who wrote the initial scathing letter is a friend of Bishop Finn, that he might well be expressing the insights of his friend in this letter, but who knows?
Then you can read the National Chismatic Reporter (NCR) take on this whole thing by pressing this sentence. Certainly they wouldn't have a bias, would they?
By the way, The National Chismatic Reporter (NCR) is head quartered in Kansas City. So no conflict of interest there!
No matter how you cut it, it's a mess! I can see Catholics becoming quite disillusioned by this, especially those rank and file Catholics who don't want to know the ugly politics of the Church and simply want guidance and nourishment from the Church to live their lives with meaning and purpose in this vale of tears.
How many Catholics will be alienated by the many faceted aspects of ugliness going on here and the so-called liberals or progressives (post-Catholics) who are precisely post-Catholic and want to drag the true Church with them into apostasy?