KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An indictment charging Kansas City’s Catholic bishop with not telling tell police about child pornography on a priest’s computer makes him the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic official indicted on a charge of failing to protect children.Read the rest here.
Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn on Friday became the first U.S. bishop criminally charged on allegations of sheltering an abusive clergyman. He acknowledged earlier this year that he and other diocese officials knew for five months about hundreds of “disturbing” photos of children found on a priest’s computer but didn’t take the matter to police.
Setting aside for the moment my belief that Bishop Finn has been a boon to his Midwestern diocese in many ways, I have long argued that the problem in the RCC was not the relatively small number of pedophile priests, but rather the bishops who criminally covered up for them and have never been held accountable. This suggests that attitudes are starting to change on that subject.