The newspaper, based in Kansas City, Missouri, wrote about the coincidence that Bishop Finn’s visit to Rome overlapped with a meeting of the new Vatican commission on clergy sexual abuse on April 12.
Members of that commission, known formally as the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, met April 12 with Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the president of the commission and a member of Francis’ Council of Cardinals.
Commission member Peter Saunders said in an interview Tuesday that the members discussed Finn’s case at the meeting.
"I believe that there was already some movement on the Finn case, from what Cardinal O’Malley said, so I think this was going to happen," Saunders said. "But maybe we were in some small way instrumental in ensuring that it did."
Bishop Finn issued a brief statement urging the people of the diocese to pray for the bishop who will eventually be appointed to take his place. "It has been an honor and joy for me to serve here among so many good people of faith,” he said.
Archbishop Joseph Naumann of the neighboring Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, has been appointed as administrator of the Missouri diocese until a new appointment is made.