Indicted Bishop Plans To Continue Leading Diocese

5 years 1 month 3 weeks ago October 19, 2011 Oct 19, 2011 Wednesday, October 19 2011 Wednesday, October 19, 2011 2:16:00 PM CDT in News
By: Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) - The first Roman Catholic bishop criminally charged with failure to report suspected child abuse plans to stay on the job. 

A spokeswoman for Bishop Robert Finn says he'll continue his work in the Missouri Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. 

Finn acknowledged in May that he waited five months to tell police about images of alleged child porn found on the Rev. Shawn Ratigan's computer. 

More than 700 people have joined a Facebook page called "Bishop Finn Must Go." But no such demands have come from within the church hierarchy. The Vatican says it won't intervene. A national child safety panel that monitors bishops won't comment. No other American bishops have remarked on the case. 

Finn pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor count in an indictment unveiled last week.

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