Deposition: Bishop Said ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ About Pictures

Posted on: 9:37 pm, August 30, 2012, by and , updated on: 12:33pm, August 31, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — According to court documents filed Thursday in Jackson County Circuit Court, an employee of the diocese stated in a deposition that she recalled Bishop Robert Finn saying “boys will be boys” during a discussion about pictures found on the computer of a priest now charged with child pornography.

Julie Creech, Director of Management and Information Systems for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, said she met with Bishop Robert Finn and expressed her concerns about the lewd images found on a laptop computer that belonged to Father Shawn Ratigan.

She gave her deposition two weeks ago in connection with a civil suit filed against Ratigan, Finn and the diocese. Creech claims when she approached Bishop Finn, the bishop replied “Sometimes priests do things they shouldn’t,” and “Sometimes boys will be boys.”

It is unclear if Bishop Finn had actually seen the images on Ratigan’s computer when he had this conversation with Creech.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Jack Smith, spokesman for the Diocese of Kansas City-St Joseph said, “Since this concerns a pending motion in a pending case, the diocese is not giving comment on this.”

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