September 6, 2012
Bishop Robert Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph appears in court Thursday during a bench trial at the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City. Following a short non-jury trial, Finn was convicted of one misdemeanor count of failing to report suspicions of child abuse.
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A Missouri bishop who became the nation’s highest-ranking Catholic official charged with shielding an abusive priest was found guilty Thursday of one misdemeanor count of failing to report suspected child abuse, a conviction that extends the Church’s struggles to shake its reputation for protecting pedophile priests.