Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City has resigned:
Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph has resigned, nearly two and a half years after being the first U.S. bishop convicted of a misdemeanor in failing to report suspected child abuse by a priest in his diocese.
Go here to read the rest. This could be interpreted as a symbol of the zero tolerance policy of the pope if it were not for the case of another Bishop:
The outcry against Pope Francis’s appointment of Chilean Bishop Juan Barros—who has long been associated with a child–abusing priest—to the Diocese of Osorno, has placed the Pope’s “zero tolerance” policy against sexual abuse into question.
As Pope, Francis has taken many decisive actions against sexual abuse. He created a special Vatican Commission to combat it, and soon thereafter met with a group of victims, expressing his pain over their suffering:
I feel the gaze of Jesus, and I ask for the grace to weep, the grace for the Church to weep and make reparation for her sons and daughters who betrayed their mission, who abused innocent persons.
Francis has defrocked abusive clergymen, disciplined Catholic prelates who were believed to have covered up for them, and stripped an abusive Cardinal of all his authority. The Pope has also personally intervened in other abuse cases, ordering investigations and encouraging the public authorities to take strong action against evildoers.
Given these actions, the Pope’s decision to appoint Barros as bishop of Osorno—even as Barros has been accused of covering up sexual abuse, and of being an eyewitness to the abuse—has been a source of consternation, not least among members of Francis’s own anti-abuse Commission.
Barros was a long-time colleague and supporter of Rev. Fernando Karadima, a notorious abuser in Chile. After Karadima was first accused of sexual abuse, Barros publicly defended his friend and mentor, and reportedly “tried to discredit the victims—even after the Vatican ruled against him [Karadima]” in 2011. The Chilean Bishops Conference subsequently ordered Barros, and three other bishops who had defended Karadima, to apologize.
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Daniel Webster, the great Senator of the 19th century, was one time defending a patent in a case. His opponent at the conclusion of the case took several hours in an oration to the jury to convince them that the two machines before them were as different as night and day and that there was no patent infringement. At the end of this closing argument, Webster got up, looked at the devices, then looked at the jury and said, “Well, if you can see any difference between them that is more than I can see.” Webster sat down and won his case with that brief appeal to the obvious. Popewatch can see no difference between the two bishops when it comes to the issue of predatory priests. The only difference that PopeWatch can discern is that Finn has been an outspoken defender of orthodoxy, and that is about as popular among the current powers that be at the Vatican as an outbreak of the bubonic plague.