Bishop Finn is the highest-ranking US clergyman to be indicted in the ongoing Catholic Church sex scandals... so far.

 

(Oct. 15) Bishop Robert W. Finn, head of the diocese of Kansas City, was indicted by a grand jury yesterday on charges that he failed to reporting child pornography on a priest's computer. He is the highest ranking American clergyman to be charged so far in the Catholic Church's long-running series of sex scandals. The archdiocese was also named in the indictment.

The charges stem from the case of Father Shawn Ratigan who was arrested in June on 3 counts of possessing child pornography in the form of hundreds of pictures on the priest's computer. According to his own testimony, Bishop Finn knew of the existence of the photographs as early as December of 2010, but failed to notify police or state child abuse authorities until June, 2011. Both the bishop and the archdiocese have issued statements denying any wrong-doing.

 

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