Bishop Robert Finn
Prosecutors want information about the diocese’s investigation into past reports of priests accused of abusing children.
Jackson County prosecutors are asking a judge to add a second misdemeanor charge.
Bishop Robert Finn and the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph are charged with failing to report suspected child abuse.
Bishop Robert Finn is the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic official to be accused of shielding an abusive priest, and a conviction could send shock waves through a church hierarchy.
The charge is only a misdemeanor, but if prosecutors are able to win a conviction against Kansas City Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Finn, they could be opening up a whole new front in the national priest abuse crisis.
Bishop Robert Finn is charged with shielding an abusive priest.
The agreement requires the bishop to report directly to the prosecutor monthly to apprise him of any reported abuse activities involving minors throughout the diocese’s Clay County facilities.
The lawsuit filed Thursday accuses Rev. Shawn Ratigan of engaging a 9-year-old girl in sexually explicit conduct.