Bishop Finn literally leads his people

Bishop Finn literally leads his people

Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, who isn’t much liked by some of his new flock, showed himself a true shepherd yesterday by leading a Eucharistic Procession through the streets of St. Joseph, Missouri, on the Feast of Corpus Christi. Thanks to Wolftracker for the news and photos.

Not only was the event itself inspiring, occurring as it did in 95 degree heat with 25 priests, 25 religious, and 300 laity attending, but to see how it was done and which religious were there was as well.

This is one of the good things happening in the Church in the US. Pay attention to Kansas City.

(Incidentally, I’m curious if any staff members or employees of the National Catholic Reporter made it out for the procession.)

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  • Bishop Finn is the real deal. 

    In the days when he was Monsignor Finn and in-residence at our former parish he normally took the 3-4am slot for our weekly 24 hours of Eucharistic Adoration, same time as my husband. 

    Great homilist and preacher. Approachable,  congenial man, and extremely hard-working. He’s awesome, I wish the Church had a few hundred more Bishops like him.  Now there’s a prayer intention.

  • …and another thing…the NCR piece makes it sound like Bishop Finn doesn’t know what he’s doing, changing things too fast, implying he’s too new at this, criticizing his lack of time as a pastor, whining about the editorial control he wants over the paper, bleh, bleh, bleh.  To you NCR people I say this:

    The man is a marvel.  He ran the St. Louis Review (paper of the Archdiocese) seamlessly.  He also was the point man who co-ordinated the visit of Pope John Paul II to St. Louis in 1999, which also went pretty well.

    Just because he is a down-to-earth, unpretentious man, totally committed to Christ and His Church, doesn’t mean he isn’t also very talented and totally capable of leading.

  • In the days of JP II we had the phenomenon of the “JP II” priest, which was a sign of great hope. Now we have the B16 Bishop, a maturation of the earlier phenomenon.

    Give Finn a red hat. I am sad to say to the good people of KC that KC is likely a transitional post for the good bishop.