My diocese recently turned in a priest who was taking up-skirt porno shots of girls at his Kansas City parish. SNAP, purporting to aid victims, is here pushing for women priests, as if the lax protocols in place wouldn’t allow abuse by women. Kansas City, MO Bishop Robert Finn knew about the allegations for over a year as voiced by the parish school’s principal. Various church officials ignored the principal’s concerns, one pushing the file back at her over their chancery desk.
Father Shawn Ratigan is now under arrest, but is it time to seek a Federal Grand Jury and possible RICO racketeering for these by-the-book cover-ups that have paid out some three billion in hush money to victims? I think the best cure would be to take reparations, not out of the general funds, but out of priests’ retirement funds. I think only then would attention to security of children be high. In fact, isn’t it past time for the feds to step in?