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Friday, October 14, 2011

Catholic bishop indicted in KC over sex abuse failure to report

this kind of response to a horrific, global problem is long overdue and will, hopefully, serve as a strong precedent...
The Roman Catholic bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Robert Finn, and the diocese he leads have been indicted by a county grand jury on a charge of failure to report suspected child abuse in the case of a priest who had been accused of taking lewd photographs of young girls.

The indictment is the first ever of a Catholic bishop in the 25 years since the scandal over sexual abuse by priests first became public in the United States.

Bishop Finn is accused of covering up abuse that occurred as recently as last year — almost 10 years since the nation’s Catholic bishops passed a charter pledging to report suspected abusers to law enforcement authorities.

The bishop has acknowledged that he knew of the existence of the photos last December but did not turn them over to the police until May.

this interesting tidbit concludes the article...
Bishop Finn, who was appointed in 2005, alienated many of his priests and parishioners, and won praise from others, when he remade the diocese to conform with his traditionalist theological views. He is one of few bishops affiliated with the conservative movement Opus Dei.

as a born and raised catholic who has long since left that particular piece of his life in the far distant past, i am all too suspicious of religion in general and much more so conservative societies within the tentacles of the catholic church...

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