Sunday, October 16, 2011

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For the first time in the history of the United States, a Catholic bishop is facing criminal charges.

A Grand Jury in Jackson County, Missouri has indicted Bishop Robert Finn for failing to report child abuse. The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph was also indicted.


“On or between Dec. 16 of 2010 and May 11 of 2011 in the County of Jackson, state of Missouri, the defendant was a mandated reporter and had reasonable cause to suspect a child may have been subjected to abuse due to the following things: Previous knowledge of concerns regarding Father Ratigan and children, the discovery of hundreds of photographs of children on Father Ratigan’s laptop including a child’s naked vagina, upskirt images and images focused on the crotch area in violation of restrictions that were placed on Father Ratigan,” [Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters] Baker explained.


Earlier this year, federal officials filed child pornography charges against Rev. Shawn Ratigan. A recent investigation by the diocese found that church officials knew about the inappropriate photos but did not report it as required by Missouri law.

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