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    Catholic Bishop In Kansas Indicted For Child Sex Abuse Conspiracy

    In charging the bishop of Kansas City with failure to report child abuse, prosecutors in Missouri have done something unprecedented in the long, troubling saga of the sexual abuse scandal in the U.S. Roman Catholic Church: hold a member of the church hierarchy criminally accountable for the alleged crimes of a priest.

    What remains to be seen is whether the indictment of Bishop Robert Finn will be an isolated event or will encourage prosecutors elsewhere to investigate allegations of coverup against members of the church leadership.





    Prosecutors announced Friday that Finn had been charged with a single misdemeanor count of failure to report child abuse after he allegedly learned but failed to tell authorities that a priest in his diocese had a laptop computer containing hundreds of images of child pornography. Finn's diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph was also charged.

    "I can assure you that this has nothing nothing to do with the Catholic faith," Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said in announcing the indictments. "This is about the facts of this case, and this is about protecting children."Catholic bishop in Kansas City, Mo., charged in sex abuse case - chicagotribune.com

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    Re: Catholic Bishop In Kansas Indicted For Child Sex Abuse Conspiracy

    I just CANNOT understand how any ethical person can still be a practicing Catholic. I can't.

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    Re: Catholic Bishop In Kansas Indicted For Child Sex Abuse Conspiracy

    This may not be the proper forum in DP for this story, but I wasn't sure where else to put it. Please have mercy on me, Mods.

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    Re: Catholic Bishop In Kansas Indicted For Child Sex Abuse Conspiracy

    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkie View Post
    I just CANNOT understand how any ethical person can still be a practicing Catholic. I can't.
    That leaders are flawed has nothing to do with the belief system. I would certainly demand more accountability but being a Catholic has little to do with who might currently be running things.

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    Re: Catholic Bishop In Kansas Indicted For Child Sex Abuse Conspiracy

    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkie View Post
    I just CANNOT understand how any ethical person can still be a practicing Catholic. I can't.
    I'm still a practicing American, and just look at the **** our government has done over the years.


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    This issue has been plowed more times than Paris Hilton.
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    Too bad we have to observe human rights.

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    Re: Catholic Bishop In Kansas Indicted For Child Sex Abuse Conspiracy

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    That leaders are flawed has nothing to do with the belief system. I would certainly demand more accountability but being a Catholic has little to do with who might currently be running things.
    I disagree. Parishoners tithe, they often send their kids to parochial school, they allow their sons to be altar boys, etc.

    I happen to think the entire christianity thingie is a ball of wax, and I realize Catholicism is a distinct sect. But for the love of Gawd, become an Episcopalian.....they have (almost) the same dogma and rituals, without the organized pedophilia ring running things.

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    Re: Catholic Bishop In Kansas Indicted For Child Sex Abuse Conspiracy

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    I'm still a practicing American, and just look at the **** our government has done over the years.
    Uh, witty but not really analogous.

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    Re: Catholic Bishop In Kansas Indicted For Child Sex Abuse Conspiracy

    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkie View Post
    I just CANNOT understand how any ethical person can still be a practicing Catholic. I can't.
    My mother and brother does, and both are very critical of the child abuse cases and the way the Vatican handled them.
    However, they're still very faithful to Catholicism, and I see no problem with it. It's like saying that just because one Protestant killed a man, the entire religion is rotten.
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    Re: Catholic Bishop In Kansas Indicted For Child Sex Abuse Conspiracy

    I don't think the IHOP is Catholic. I've never seen Catholics pray in the manner pictured.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    This issue has been plowed more times than Paris Hilton.
    Quote Originally Posted by Oborosen View Post
    Too bad we have to observe human rights.

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    Re: Catholic Bishop In Kansas Indicted For Child Sex Abuse Conspiracy

    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkie View Post
    Uh, witty but not really analogous.
    Sure it is. Assassinations, coups, etc....Yet, I still vote. I still sing the Star Spangled Banner. I'm still proud to be an American.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    This issue has been plowed more times than Paris Hilton.
    Quote Originally Posted by Oborosen View Post
    Too bad we have to observe human rights.

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