U.S. Bishop Robert Finn, the Catholic prelate who became a symbol internationally of the church’s failures in addressing the sexual abuse crisis, has resigned.
Fr. Patrick Rush said questions asked of him "were about Bishop Finn's leadership, about my reaction to Bishop Finn's leadership, and about my assessment of the people."
A Canadian archbishop visited the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., diocese last week on behalf of the Vatican to investigate Bishop Robert Finn's leadership.
Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa, Ontario, recalled once having a parish that needed a new furnace and was considering hiring a youth pastor. The parishioners raised $90,000 in three weeks for the furnace, but failed to find funds for the youth pastor, figuring there were few young people to serve.