The Vatican is getting involved with maybe removing Bishop Robert Finn from the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese. The reason given is mismanagement. Umm. German bishop, Monsignor Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst from Limburg was expelled from his Limburg diocese after his 31 million-euro ($43-million) new residence complex caused an uproar among the faithful. Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano was dismissed from the diocese of Ciudad del Este.
Bishop Plano had protected a pedophile priest accused of molesting many children in the diocese of Scranton Pennsylvania. Bishop Finn was the only prelate to be criminally charged in his role as a supervisor of priests. The case is also the first criminal case against a sitting bishop in the child sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. Finn was found guilty on one charge of failure to report suspected child abuse. In September 2012 Finn was sentenced to two years of probation. Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst was removed because of money.
Is anything to be deduced here? Spending money on extravagances got the attention of The Vatican and prompted swift action. The Vatican seems to be moving much slower when abuse and coverup are involved. But I am soooooo happy that action is taking place against bishops with dirty hands when it comes to abuse.
There are a lot of people who wish that Pope Francis would be more clear when he speaks about the faith and avoid massive misunderstanding by people and the press. By his actions, in at least these three cases, there has been no misunderstanding. Let us pray that he has the strength to keep up his world-wide housecleaning.