U.S. bishop charged for not taking porn to police
October 14, 2011 (CBS/AP)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City’s Catholic bishop was charged Friday with not telling police about child pornography found on a priest’s computer, making him the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic official indicted on a charge of failing to protect children.
Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese Bishop Robert Finn, the first U.S. bishop criminally charged with sheltering an abusive clergyman, pleaded not guilty to one misdemeanor count of failing to report suspected child abuse.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Finn and his diocese, which also was charged with one count, had “reasonable cause” to suspect a child had been abused after learning of the images.
“Now that the grand jury investigation has resulted in this indictment, my office will pursue this case vigorously because it is about protecting children,” Baker said. “I want to ensure there are no future failures to report resulting in other unsuspecting victims.”
Finn has acknowledged that he and other diocese officials knew for months about hundreds of “disturbing” images of children that were discovered on a priest’s computer but did not report the matter to authorities or turn over the computer.
….The New York Times reports that Bishop Finn was appointed in 2005 and his vision to return the diocese to more traditional practices has drawn strong opinions. The paper reports he is one of only a few bishops affiliated with Opus Dei, a conservative movement….
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