Cardinal O’Malley Says Pope Will Address Bishop Finn’s Coverup

Click here to read: “O’Malley: Pope Recognizes Need to Address Bishop Finn Situation,” by Joshua J. McElwee, Nov. 14, 2014

Excerpt: Speaking in a forthcoming interview with the U.S. television program 60 Minutes, O’Malley says the situation surrounding Finn is “a question that the Holy See needs to address urgently.”

“There’s a recognition of that — from Pope Francis,” O’Malley continues during the interview, which is to air Sunday evening.

19 thoughts on “Cardinal O’Malley Says Pope Will Address Bishop Finn’s Coverup

  1. The Pope is going to address Bishop Finn’s cover-up and I believe this Pope wants the welfare of the church as a whole. I also believe this Pope is more of a follower than a leader. I get the impression, rather than making decisions himself, he is looking for answers in documents, in rules, and in regulations, like Scripture. He functions as a leader by forming committees, synod, and is looking to rules by consensus rather him making a decision independently himself. These committees and synod may far exceed the strength of him as an individual and yet to me this spineless leadership.

    I realize leadership is complex, yet we need a leader who is constructive, authoritative, and willing to rise to new challenges with strength. We need authority and decisiveness. We need good leadership that gives people a clear and worthwhile sense of direction and the means to attain goals. A good leader creates and maintains a stable social order and influences families, corporations, and nations. Moreover we need the Pope to be extremely persuasive, clearly honorable and everyone’s best interest at heart. This Pope, as a more constructive leader, needs to organized a committee to deal with denial within the catholic church.

    I personally feel we are no longer dealing with rules, regulations, traditional values and scripture that fit the circumstances. We are dealing with denial. Denial is tricky, as it takes pride in its ability to endure whatever is happening by tuning out the problem. Denial refuses to see there is a problem. Denial avoids conflict and waters down conflicting positions. It offers a false sense of hope, minimizing issues, and telling people to “calm down — everything will be all right.” Denial down-plays problems so everything can get back to normal, harmonious existence, and whatever threatens their tranquility will go away.

    Because the Pope is forming synod of the family and more committees this is more about looking to some authority to put there anxiety to rest. Many of the cardinals are now complaining about this Pope, and there appears to be this “not knowing.” They appear to feel unsupported and without guidance. This lack of leadership creates anxiety and denial is becoming more of a pride, because there is this inability to admit how the church is hurting. Denial is the inability to acknowledge suffering and neediness. Pride is denial. It is ruling the catholic church and it is preventing the church from letting anyone know they need anything.

    We are dealing with denial and pride is fundamental denial. It is particularly the loss of real love. Also Jesus told Judas of Iscariot, “Better you had never been born” which to me means better denial had never been born. Denial is a fundamental reality, this internal zone of feeling safe, comfortable and not disturbed by anything. We need leadership that stops “checking out” and moral courage. We need leadership willing to put their lives on the line and even in jeopardy.

    PS: I have my own denial, yet it is to much to add to this writing. It just takes great courage to break, painful, yet it offers a new depth when it is broken. It is something new to bring to the world.

    1. Syd,
      I was recently at a talk and the guy said he was at St. Peters grave under the Basilica and he finally looking up from the grave and realizing the altar was directly above realized what Jesus meant when he said”you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church”. Peter was martyred for his faith and it lead to many more conversions and the building of the church. We need popes like Peter. Many times I think to myself if this Pope, the bishops and archbishops were facing martyrdom would they run away? In Syria and other countries priests fled their parishes and the Archbishop told them to go back to their parishes or they will be defrocked. If they truly believed what they taught they would have courage despite their fear because supernatural courage comes from faith.

  2. Finn, as a U.S. bishop, was one of the orchestrators of the Dallas Charter. A few years later, he defied both the rules of the Charter and Missouri state law, taking six months to report brother Ratigan’s child pornography. In the words of Finn, himself, saving Ratigan’s priesthood was more important than protecting the babies and children whose genitalia decorated Ratigan’s computer screen.

    For years, now, Finn’s crime, and his utter lack of indecency in not promptly offering his resignation, has confounded the moral compasses and rational sensibilities of Catholics in Kansas City and around the world.

    Today, we wait, twiddling our thumbs, while the likes of O’Malley and Francis figure out the protocol for what to do with brother Finn and the like. To date, and the date is FAR too late, they have been unable to wrap their heads around it and act decisively. Why?

    Because a decent, moral, and just resolution is impeded and imperiled by the sin of clericalism. O’Malley and Francis have to slay the culture-beast that is obstructing wise, prompt, and righteous resolutions to dilemmas involving clerics.

    Ingrained in O’Malley, Francis, and the Others, are blind loyalty, blind mercy, blind forgiveness, nepotism, arrogance, narcissism, privilege, secrecy, and the fanatical obsession with how NOT, for God’s sake, to throw under the bus a man infused with an “ontological change.”

    This is the vile stuff that skews their thinking, provokes their thought-quandries, colors their consciences, distorts their resolution-dances, and is passed off as holy, brotherly, and “theological” (meaning, worth waiting for), yet results in no resolution or, finally, one that is mind boggling, unbelievably wrong and irrational, and altogether jaw-dropping (such as in the case of Bernard Law).

    1. Yesterday’s 60 Min. interview was a performance given by what we as seminarians (former) would call “a well trained priest.” Yes they took way too long; but as I viewed it, Finn is a dead man walking.

      Bernard Law must have a lot of info on a lot of high ranking people; that’s the only thing I can come up with.

      1. Kansas City Business Journal

        Kansas City Business Journal

        “Several days after his “60 Minutes” broadcast, the head of the Vatican’s commission to fight clerical abuse backed off comments about accountability for bishops accused of covering up sexual abuse, The Associated Press reports.

        “Cardinal Sean O’Malley said “protocols” are needed to avoid “crowd-based condemnations,” the AP reports. Bishops “also deserve due process” that will result in a fair hearing.”‘

        Looks like I’m wrong again. Every time I believe RCC Inc. will act decisively and morally I get fooled again. I wonder; will I ever be able to overcome my childhood indoctrination?

        “Give me a child until he’s 7…”

        1. drwho13: You are so right on. Pope Francis, who everyone hopes will turn the ship around continues to befuddle me. On the issue of clergy abuse as well as many other issues[homosexuality, women priests, married clergy etc.] the pope seems to take a progressive step in the direction of healing and understanding only to pull back. I find this constant pushing forward and then pulling back to be very frustrating. I suppose the pulling back is an attempt to appease the more conservative members of his Church. But to me it makes him appear weak and indecisive. Any kind of progress in the Catholic church is extremely slow and methodical. This constant push forward, pull back scenario makes everything move much slower.

          1. “Top US Jesuit Defends Vatican Sex Prosecutor
            VATICAN CITY — Nov 25, 2014, 3:34 PM ET
            By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press”

            MORE OF THE SAME? “…he had virtually no role in the order’s handling of a notorious pedophile now serving a 25-year prison sentence.”

            By using the word “virtually” his role in this matter is wide open to interpretation as I see it. It tells me NOTHING about what his role was!

            “The head of the Jesuits in the United States defended the Vatican’s new sex crimes prosecutor Tuesday, saying he had virtually no role in the order’s handling of a notorious pedophile now serving a 25-year prison sentence.

            The Rev. Timothy Kesicki, president of the U.S. Jesuit Conference, spoke to The Associated Press after The Boston Globe reported that the prosecutor, the Rev. Robert Geisinger, failed to report the abuser to police when he was the second highest-ranking official in the Jesuits’ Chicago province in the 1990s. The head of the Jesuits in the United States defended the Vatican’s new sex crimes prosecutor Tuesday, saying he had virtually no role in the order’s handling of a notorious pedophile now serving a 25-year prison sentence.”


    2. Kate, well said. You nailed it right down to the core. I applaud you! Your consistency expressed so accurately of what is wrong with this institution. As a survivor, I am grateful for your brave and thought rendering stance, it comforts me.
      Watching that interview, I know that many people will be swayed by O’Malley’s soft spoken demeanor as well as his words. For me, I am, by now and for some time sick and tired of all the “talk”. I see no action, all I see is their past behavior and the way they continue to treat victims.

      1. Vicky,

        You acknowledge Kate for what she wrote and I wanted to acknowledge what you wrote is also truthful as you express, “I see no action, all I see is their past behavior and the way they continue to treat victims.” My impression of this pope and the church leadership is they have one foot on the accelerator and the other on the brake. Because they are not in touch with their desires they cannot make decisions or lead others when they are called to do so. They are going around in circles, unable to make up their minds, even unsure of themselves and what they really want to do. When they must act, they are extremely cautious, making decisions timidly, covering their bases with legalisms both to guide and protect them.

        We are dealing with a bunch of ego saints and this is from the Sufi teaching. The ego saint is convinced their ego is better, just as the catholic church for centuries has taught their beliefs are better than protestant beliefs. The ego saint also believes the rules apply to everyone else but does not necessarily apply to them. The ego saint also needs to be the victor, the superior person and stronger person. They need to make others back down rather than do so themselves. The ego saint is belligerent, strong-arming people, so that it gets them their way. Unfortunately, once this ego inflation is in motion it is difficult to stop.

        The catholic church is literally egocentric and this is to say their egos are the center of their lives. The leaders in the church also cannot back down because pride is a stake. Pride is said to be the root of all evil and when pride is mixed in with hopelessness it creates violence. Violence is delusional and makes decisions to guarantee their survival. The trouble is the more delusional they are about their invincibility, shrewd decisions for their survival, the more overextended and wreckless they become. The ego saint has completely taken over and is now destroying them from within.

        Because pride and the ego saint is both fundamental denial it is a vicious circle. The circle is the judgment of others about their actions and they need to protect their image. In all truth, though, the ego saint is terrified and is preventing them to allow people to see who they really are. The real expression of the ego saint is it blames the devil, “The devil made me do it.” The ego saint will also go to any length to uphold “traditional values.” The ego saint has no realistic faith. This is because its value is always in reference to everyone else and yet real faith is its own value without reference to anyone.

        It is appropriate to acknowledge your realistic faith Vicky and appears to be your own value. Your faith is experienced and is your support. In your unshakable confidence you do not appear to blame and in this is the actual support of Presence within you. This Presence cannot be harmed, we are all a part of it, and this Presence is your support. I am deeply grateful to and for you!!!

        1. Syd, You see me! There are just 2 people in my life who have truly seen me, you are one of them. My greatest and most painful need I had throughout my life was simply to be seen and then heard. No one did either for 45 years. My cries were directed to God in the utter silence of my solitude. Feeling unworthy as a human being with no worth I experienced many dark nights of my soul. In the darkness, I did what I could to survive, I, had no choice, there was a presence inside or of me that would not allow me to die. I tried to end my desperate existence and yet this presence which i could not label nor understand would at the very last moment, stop me. It would not manifest itself until many, many years later when I would walk my hero’s journey and begin the very painful ego-death process. Part of this ego-death process was for me overwhelming and ravaging agony, It felt as though I was collapsing without hope. i no longer knew my place in the world or my validity as a human being.I had a gradual loss of identity. It is called a hero’s journey, to walk it you find out just how courageous you are. One of the most horrific issues I had to face was my toxic shame, all the sexual abuse, all the degrading physical abuse ending in sexual abuse or starting with it. I had to slowly learn to trust not just my therapist but myself. I had to begin to value who I was as a human being, I wanted and needed to learn healthy love and one day embrace a pure love, a love that required nothing from me. The ego death is the death of old beliefs, illusions, unhealthy coping skills. This process can and often times can take a long time as it has for me. I trusted my therapist (which took many years) to allow myself to feel my rage. I as a female was fearful of my anger so kept it all inside until one day feeling safe for the first time in my life in my therapists office, I let go, it felt cold terror, madness, insanity, thus called by sufism culture “divine madness”. My very distraught condition is a sign regarded as being close to God.
          Your words to me humbled me. I am gifted by your knowledge and wisdom. Syd, thank you, for loving me enough to “see” me. The presence that ‘saved” me many times, revealed himself when I was ready. My journey to healing has fulfilled my soul’s desire in this lifetime, On this Thanksgiving Eve, I have achieved what God has intended for me, I am so very grateful for my therapist, Sharon, my family and friends, this website and the people who not only share their vulnerability and their agony but also their support and care, most of all i am grateful for my journey, I would have never truly known who the Divine is without first experiencing my darkness. Enlightenment awaits us all!

          1. Wow, you are welcome Vicky. I appreciate your belief in yourself, your courage and your inner strength. This appears to be your realistic faith speaking from within you. This faith living within appears to be your tremendous strength, your tremendous support, and this appears held up by this tremendous supportive solidity. I appreciate this about you, you being solid, real, and imbedded in the unfolding of the Divine within you. Your words offer this unshakable confidence, this ability to rest in hope, and in a direct way offers this freedom to this dynamic force that melts down this sense of separateness.

            We all welcome you home Vicky and may you know this unshakable inner peace!!!

  3. I understand that planners of next years papal extravaganza are concerned about finding enough places for visitors to stay. I have a suggestion. Archbishop Chaput could rent out all the classrooms in all of the schools he has closed since coming to Philadelphia. Also He could rent space in the many Churches that he has closed. This would show Pope Francis who is not too fond of the capitalist system how our system works. Perhaps they could have high stakes bingo games in times when no festivities are planned. Since the extravaganza is planned for late September,neither heat nor air conditioning would be needed. If it gets too warm, the windows could be opened. I, myself believe the Church is long overdue in airing out their institutions. Public communal showers could be opened up outside the schools and Churches. I would suggest watching those priests who volunteer to monitor those showers. We don’t need any more of those scandals. In order to get top dollar for these rented classrooms and churches, we need to come up with a classy high priced name. Perhaps Chateau de Chaput or Paradise Pedophilia would be a good choice. I realize the second choice brings up a topic that needs to be avoided at all costs. But since most of the visitors have ignored the topic for a very long time, I don’t believe it will offend many. As for me, I would like to rent the space in the basement of St. John of the Cross in Roslyn. This was where Masses were said when I attended School and Church there, before the new Church was built. Specifically I would like to rent the sacristy area, where I was forced to undress and was locked in a closet, til the priest molested me. Being there again would bring back such fond memories .For those who think that I am way too sarcastic and cynical, you are right. One of the many gifts bestowed upon me by my molester.

  4. Jim, you have every right to be as cynical and sarcastic as you wish. It’s good to let out our frustration and anger in a safe way. I implore you to take very good care of yourself when this pope comes next September. I intend to be changing channels every time the media covers all of his activities. I’ll be watching movies on Roku. I want nothing to do with any of it. I might protest but haven’t decided yet. It would be a really good time to get survivors together and their supporters and do something, “fun”. Jim, don’t make much of this show, it’s not worth it. We know the truth, I find such comfort in the truth. I think of you and care about you, please be self-caring and know their are many people who actually “get it”.

    1. Vicky, let me know if I can stand along side you in whatever manner you decide to respond to the Pope’s visit. I’ll be there.


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