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Bishop of Kansas City Indicted for Failure to Report Suspected Abuse

Creatas/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and his diocese have been indicted on charges of failure to report suspected child abuse when child pornography was found on a computer of a priest of the bishop’s diocese.  The charge makes Bishop Robert Finn, affiliated with the conservative Opus Dei movement, the highest-ranking Catholic official to face criminal prosecution in a child sex abuse case.

The charge relates to child pornography charges against Father Shawn Ratigan, who is accused of taking lewd photographs of underage girls. The diocese failed to report their suspicion that Ratigan may have abused a child after discovering the pornographic images on his computer in December 2010.  It was not reported to the police until May 11, 2011.

The New York Times reports that, “Stoking much of the anger is the fact that only three years ago, Bishop Finn settled lawsuits with 47 plaintiffs in sexual abuse cases for $10 million and agreed to a long list of preventative measures, among them to immediately report anyone suspected of being a pedophile to law enforcement authorities.”

It remains unclear why Bishop Finn did not adhere to his own directive in this case.

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Bishop Strips Arizona Hospital of Catholic Status After Abortion

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- An Arizona hospital's decision to terminate a pregnancy in order to save a woman's life has resulted in the loss of its Catholic affiliation.

The fallout comes after a nun at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix allowed an abortion to take place to save the mother's life.

Last fall, a 27-year-old mother of four entered the hospital 11 weeks pregnant and was suffering from pulmonary hypertension.  Doctors said if her pregnancy wasn't terminated, she would likely die of heart failure, taking her unborn child with her.

The decision to terminate was approved by Sister Margaret McBride, a longtime senior administrator at the hospital.  But when Bishop Thomas Olmstead of the Diocese of Phoenix heard about the abortion, he excommunicated McBride.  Having an abortion is against Catholic teachings.

Although the move caused an uproar, with some critics pointing out that even pedophile priests weren't excommunicated, Bishop Olmstead went a step further on Tuesday.  He stripped St. Joseph's Hospital of its affiliation with the Catholic Church.

He argued hospital officials did not try to save both the mother and child.

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