Allow me to put my biases out in the open…
Bishop Robert Finn is quite possibly the saintliest man I have ever met. He is everything a good bishop should be: kind, wise, prudent, and faithful. The kind, wise, and prudent part local progressives could tolerate.
The faithful part set their teeth on edge.
Many of these progressives, Catholic and otherwise, subscribe to what the great Whittaker Chambers called man’s “second oldest faith,” the one Adam first signed on for when he bought the line, “Ye shall be as gods.”
To Chambers, a recovering Communist and atheist, these “miscellaneous socialists, liberals, fellow travelers, unclassified progressives and men of good will” were all of a type. Like communists, they believed that man should call his own shots.
Bishop Finn through otherwise.
To understand his resignation, it is helpful to know a little about the world he walked into when he came to Kansas City in 2004. From the beginning, he was not particularly welcome. Continue reading