Fred BodimerBy Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A local clergy abuse survivor says the Pope needs to name names, now that he’s told reporters the Vatican is investigating three Bishops for their role in child abuse crimes or coverups.

On his return flight from the Middle East to the Vatican, Pope Francis said three bishops are under investigation, and that one of them has already been convicted.

The Religion News Service along with SNAP’s David Clohessy say the only bishop convicted of anything in connection with the coverup of clergy abuse is Kansas City St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn, a St. Louis native.

“We’re not in favor of punishment for punishment’s sake,” Clohessy says. “We’re in favor of punishment because it’s a way to discourage bishops from doing what they’ve done for decades, which is continue to protect predators, endanger kids and hide evidence from police and prosecutors.”

Finn was convicted in 2012 on a misdemeanor charge of failing to report a priest involved in child pornography and placed on two years of court-supervised probation.

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