Daniel White, Clay County Prosecutor, is the de facto coadjutor for my former diocese, at least in the area of child protection.
This will be a learning experience for the bishop. The diocese and the bishop acknowledge past reporting systems have flaws. (This agreement) gives parents and children in our community confidence that if anything were to happen it will be promptly and effectively addressed.
In the 1980′s, the Temple Police were able to manipulate the curia into watchdog coadjutors here and there in the Church. Is it a good day that the secular judiciary will monitor a bishop? Nobody seems to be pleased with this development. SNAP is ticked off. Peter Isely:
Finn has now done here what bishops have almost always done — make any promises, payment or plea deal to avoid having to face tough questions in open court about their disgraceful and irresponsible deception. Catholics, citizens and children need and deserve the truth. The truth surfaces in court. That’s what bishops work overtime to avoid. And that’s what Finn has achieved here — he’s taken the cheap, easy, convenient way out, avoiding real scrutiny and concealing damaging misdeeds.
Scanning a few commentariats around the Catholic blogosphere, some conservatives are miffed at a bishop turning over a portion of his authority. Does this mean if everybody is bothered on some level by this diversion agreement that a proper bargain has been struck? I suppose if Bishop Finn really does learn from this that protection of victims and potential victims will be improved in northwest Missouri. Still, this has to be a humiliating pill to swallow, a sort of ideological flagellation.
I wonder what Rome will make of this. Will canonists accept that a bishop can turn over part of his authority to .. a non-Catholic? We still have Jackson County with an active indictment. Buchanan County, where Fr Ratigan served a few years: I wonder if something turns up there.