In their effort to recover from the ongoing sex-abuse scandal, the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese has removed Vicar General Robert Murphy from his job handling sex-abuse complaints.
Murphy is succeeded as vicar by the Rev. Joseph Powers. Bishop Finn appointed him the same day a suit was filed against the diocese claiming that they failed to comply with the terms of a prior sex-abuse settlement, which required disclosure of all such complaints, reports Catholic Culture.
Powers will now be responsible for reviewing any allegations and acting
as Finn's liaison in such matters. He also oversees any other potential priestly misconduct. He's like the police department's internal affairs division, except instead of busting dirty cops for taking bribes or dealing drugs, he investigates rumors that priests are molesting children, then has long conversations with his boss about whether to call the police department or just move the guy to a new parish.
Prove me wrong, Powers! Please.