Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Kansas City MOFor the first time in the US, an actual member of the Roman Catholic hierarchy has been indicted for his role in a priestly-pedophilia scandal. The New York Times reports on this astonishing development (WebCite cached article):

The Roman Catholic bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Robert Finn, and the diocese he leads have been indicted by a county grand jury on a charge of failure to report suspected child abuse in the case of a priest who had been accused of taking lewd photographs of young girls.

The indictment [cached] is the first ever of a Catholic bishop in the 25 years since the scandal over sexual abuse by priests first became public in the United States.

The accusation is fairly stunning:

Bishop Finn is accused of neglecting to report abuse that occurred as recently as last year — almost 10 years since the nation’s Catholic bishops passed a charter pledging to report suspected abusers to law enforcement authorities.

The bishop has acknowledged that he knew of the existence of the photos last December but did not turn them over to the police until May.

We see, here, how strictly the American bishops live up to their promises. In two words … they don’t! Like the rest of the Catholic machine worldwide, these guys have all the morals and ethics of the Mafia.

Note that this is only a misdemeanor charge. However, that bishop Finn was charged at all, is monumental. I just hope the prosecutor sticks with this case, as small as it is, and doesn’t let go of it until a conviction has been won.

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