Some of the most vicious attacks I have ever seen on a Catholic bishop from the catholic and the secular left, have been launched at His Excellency Most Rev. Robert Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
Lately, the Kansas City Star has been calling for the resignation of Bp. Finn. As far as I can tell, good analysis of the attacks on Finn has been offered by the blog SERVIAM.
Here is an lesson for the readers about how to turn the sock inside out.
by RJS | 6th September 2011
The Kansas City Star last week called for the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn.
The first time was right after the Fr. Ratigan case broke and there was general chaos and confusion and the Star was doing its best (or worst) to avoid all of the facts getting in the way of their desire to rid themselves of someone who is against every liberal moral and political agenda they support. Now SOME of the facts are beginning to emerge. An independent report is critical of Bishop Finn in some areas and supportive in others. The Star latches on to the critical items, mis-reports the supportive ones, ignores other facts of the case and again calls for the bishop’s resignation.
I’m sorry, but since when does the Star have any business calling for the resignation of a Catholic bishop? Is it now a Catholic publication? (As much ink as their crusade has cost them, they might as well be.) The Catholic Church is a private organization representing a whopping 15% of Kansas Citians. Ironically, that’s about the same as the market penetration of the once proud Kansas City Star. There was a time when well over 50% of KC households received the Star and it was the voice of the city. It’s now dropped to circulation levels not seen in decades. The editorial board has no credibility and doesn’t even try to hide their biases. The bias and “baggage” of the reporters assigned to cover the Diocese is well-known and the subject of blog conversations among former Star staffers (of which there are hundreds these days). The newspaper is a shell of its former self, is no longer a credible voice in the community, is dumping people onto unemployment roles, is overcharging for ads no one reads (though they are selling them for less than they did 30 years ago) and has failed in its responsibility to and has hurt the interests of the community and shareholders of which I represent the former.
Therefore, I call for the resignation of the President and Publisher, Mi-Ai Parrish and do so with greater standing than her publication has to call for the resignation of a Catholic bishop.
In fairness, it should be pointed out that Mi-Ai Parrish is new on the job and was not directly responsible for the decline of the Star over the past two decades. Coincidentally, the vast majority of the recent lawsuits against the Diocese concern allegations that allegedly occurred long before Bishop Finn arrived in KC. But since that does not concern the Star, her lack of tenure here does not concern me.
Then again, I should be careful… If she resigns I might get stuck with Judy Thomas as publisher. After all, if history, and knowledge of those in the appointment process is any indication, it’s a good bet that were Bishop Finn to resign, his replacement would make Bishop Finn look like a new-age, pro-abortion socialist.
On the last note, there is no chance whatsoever that I will ever be Bp. Finn’s successor.
WDTPRS Kudos to Serviam.