The Catholic Key steps into the fray of the Kansas City scandal. Editor Jack Smith penned an article summarizing the case. He’s a careful media professional, and adds some small details missing in other stories. He provides a lively quote from the bishop:
I believe that the study and the adjustments that we are going to have to make as a diocese may be comparable to the changes our country had to make after 9-11. Our desire, our determination, our attitude, all these things have to change.
Well, not every change in the US in the past ten years was a good one. There are still questions about the federal government’s ability and willingness to protect and rescue. Still, 9-11 was a sea change. And if KC-SJ can take the lead, more power to them. I’ve heard Bishop Finn is making the parish rounds–he’s at my old parish later this week to meet with concerned parishioners. Two parishes down, one to go. That’s a better track record than his mentor.
The Catholic Key’s blog has its first post in two weeks, debunking the myth that whistleblower Julie Hess is on the outs.
I also saw the online petition to save Ms Hess’ job. I interpreted it as a poke at the diocese. I can’t imagine the diocese would willingly walk into a firestorm after getting burned twice on Fr Ratigan.