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An Open Letter to Pope Francis About Bishop Robert Finn CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 2, 2013 ... diocese. His continued presence there mocks the good-faith efforts the church is making to respond to the crisis of priests sexually abusing children. As you're aware, Finn was convicted in court of failure to report to government authorities a priest suspected of child sex abuse. It was classified as a misdemeanor, but that label belittles the magnitude of Finn's failure. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI should have told Finn to resign immediately ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2013/11/an-open-letter-to-pope-francis-about.html
Former Kansas City Pastor Sentenced to 50 Years in Federal Prison CLERICAL WHISPERS - September 21, 2013 A former Kansas City pastor was sentenced Thursday to 50 years in federal prison on child pornography charges. In August 2012, Fr. Shawn Ratigan pleaded guilty to five counts of producing or attempting to produce child pornography. He received 10 years for each count and will serve his time in the Clay County Detention Center. After the priest entered his guilty plea last year, the diocese filed a petition with the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that he ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2013/09/former-kansas-city-pastor-sentenced-to.html
Priest Handed 50-Year Jail Sentence for Taking Child Porn Photos CLERICAL WHISPERS - September 13, 2013 ... pornography charges for taking sexually explicit photos of several young girls, including a 2-year-old. Shawn Ratigan, 47, pleaded guilty in August 2012 to four counts of producing child pornography and one count of attempting to produce child pornography. "Society needs to be protected from you," Kansas City District Judge Gary Fenner told Ratigan before he pronounced the sentence. "You did this to yourself." Prosecutors had sought the 50-year sentence, which ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2013/09/priest-handed-50-year-jail-sentence-for.html