We worry about Kansas City.
Oh, not night and day, and certainly not every little bit of it. 1 Nor do we fret over every single at-risk individual in town. But some folks’ predicaments…well, they trouble us more than others.
Take Shawn Ratigan. 2
insufferable Honorable High Muckity Muck Robert W. Finn: what do you expect will become of them after their (presumptive) prison and beat-down time is served?
subhumans men be able to successfully integrate back into society, or are they doomed to huddle below underpasses, begging rancid scraps of food from indifferent passersby, lost souls forsaken and easy prey for every predator that crosses their path? 3
Might not there exist some menial job where their past training and experiences could be useful to society? Something public where we could keep an eye on them that they not stray again?
As it turns out, Uncle Sam would willingly hire them both.
Thomas Harkins is also an ex-Catholic priest. His
child molesting hunting grounds beat was in South Jersey, where he served himself his Diocese until he was removed from the ministry for sexually abusing two young girls. 4
But none of that is an impediment to being employeed by the Transportaion Safety Agency!
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The CBS 3 I-Team has learned that a Catholic priest who was removed from the ministry over sex abuse allegations now holds a sensitive security post at Philadelphia International Airport.
Until 2002, Harkins was a Catholic priest working at churches across South Jersey. But the Diocese of Camden removed him from ministry because it found he sexually abused two young girls…
The I-Team asked Harkins if the traveling public should be worried.
“No, they shouldn’t be,” he said.
“The public should not be worried with you in a position like this despite your past?” reporter Ben Simmoneau asked.
“I have nothing to say,” Harkins repeated.
He then used his TSA badge to walk into a restricted area where our cameras could not follow.
Perhaps by the time Ratigan and Finn see the light of day again TSA could have formalized this into a half-way house program for ‘lapsed’ priests; they could move straight from
being ass raped prison to feeling up patting down dangerous young children.
Which leads us to think – couldn’t Kansas City institute something similar? Perhaps a program where –just thinking out loud here — ex Kansas City School Board members could work at the zoo
further screwing accompanying kids on the train through that dark and scary tunnel? 5
I know that we’d worry less knowing that a chary eye was turned on Kansas City’s more disreputable citizens.