Bishop Robert W. Finn has used the occasion of the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists, to upbraid Kansas City-based National Catholic Reporter, which is located in his diocese. The critique he published in his diocesan newspaper says not a word about the important service to the church that NCR offered through courageous coverage over nearly three decades of the existence and cover-up of clergy sexual abuse.This comes as no surprise from Finn, who continues to remain as bishop even after his conviction in September, as NCR put it, of "criminally shielding a priest who was a threat to children." Bishop Finn is in no position to level accusations against NCR. It's not surprising that many have called for his resignation; his conviction makes it impossible for him to do his job credibly.
Paul Moses, a professor of journalism at Brooklyn College/CUNY, is the author of The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace (Doubleday, 2009) and An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of New York's Irish and Italians (NYU Press, 2015).