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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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Three Former Priests Laicized Following Sex Abuse Accusations

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BRAINTREE, Mass.) -- The Archdiocese of Boston announced Friday that three men who were attached to the archdiocese have had their priesthood rights removed following sexual abuse accusations.

By order of Pope Benedict XVI, the men -- Frederick J. Cartier, Louis J. Govoni and Frederick Guthrie -- may no longer function as priests, except for offering absolution to the dying.

According to a release by the Archdiocese of Boston, Cartier, who was ordained in 1963, was first accused in 2002 of sexually abusing a minor during the early 1970s. The archdiocese says by the time the accusation was made, Cartier had been out of ministry for 20 years, and had left the archdiocese without permission in 1980.

Govoni, who was ordained in 1972, was also first accused in 2002 of sexually abusing a minor during the mid-1970s. Govoni has reportedly been out of ministry since 1978.

Guthrie, ordained in 1962, was charged in 2001 with using a computer to solicit a minor and subsequently pleaded guilty to the charges.

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