For the first time in the history of American jurisprudence  a Roman Catholic bishop has been charged with sex abuse.  If convicted he could pay a fine and spend a year in jail.

Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City is in the crosshairs for protecting one of his abuser priests. The accusation involved a priest accused of taking pornographic pictures of girls as recently as this year.

Bishop Finn admits he knew of the lewd pixes last December but he did not inform the police until may of this year.  Meanwhile the priest in question,

Shawn Ratigan, continued to attend church events with children in attendance and he continued to take lewd pictures of another young girl.

Victims advocates say this case is a break through.

Bishop Finn will plead not guilty.

There are hundreds of Catholic bishops in the United States, many of whom shielded their priest abusers from the police.

should more Catholic bishops be charged with sex abuse?

What do you think?


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    Unless he was actually present at the time the crime was committed, I don’t think he’ll be convicted of it. However, if the prosecutors change the charge to accessory to the crime, it will probably stick. They might also charge him with impeding a police investigation.

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    « This is what happens when a man doesn’t get married. The semen backs up into his brain. Go home! You’re a demon. You’re possessed. You’re a lunatic! »

    — Harvey Keitel as Judas Iscariot to Willem Dafoe as Jesus in The Last Temptation of Christ

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    Neil McKenty Says:

    The real question for me here is not whether the bishop will be convicted, it is why he is the only bishop who has ever been charged.

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    Heidi Gulatee Says:

    Bishops should be charged if there is enough evidence to find that they knew about the crimes and did nothing.
    Many victims have lifelong problems with mental health, self low selfesteeme and they often still are suffering in their senior years.
    I hope that at this time the bishops cannot take the law in their hands. If everything would be done to punish the perperaters and people that tolerated that for years and years. To move a sex offender to another parish is criminal in my understanding. They also should get the higher ups if they knew about the crimes. Everything should be done that the victims of abuse get some closure

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