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The Future Of Bishop Robert Finn


The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is still reeling from Bishop Robert Finn's conviction this month for failing to report child sexual abuse.

Members of a national Catholic organization -- the National Survivor Advocates Coalition -- on Sunday demanded that Finn resign.  A spokeswoman for that group said simply, "A criminally convicted bishop cannot lead."

The bishop is the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic cleric to be convicted in the church’s decades-long child sexual abuse scandal.

In the last portion of Wednesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with National Catholic Reporter writer Josh McElwee– who has been covering Bishop Finn for the newspaper.

Joshua J. McElwee is an NCR staff writer whose reporting and feature writing have earned several awards from the Catholic Press Association and have been featured in The Huffington Post, The Irish Catholic, and other outlets. A graduate of The Catholic University of America, he is also a member of the Holy Family Catholic Worker community in Kansas City, Mo. His e-mail address is jmcelwee@ncronline.org.

Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC and chief of broadcast operations for KCUR 89.3 and 91.9 Classical KC. You can email him at stephen@kcur.org.
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.