Bishop Robert Finn ordered to stand trial
Court: Bishop Finn is required to report child abuse
Yael T. Abouhalkah
In a full-scale setback for Bishop Robert Finn, he lost a legal battle today when a judge ordered him to stand trial in a child abuse case.
You can read the full ruling regarding this nationally watched case by Jackson County Circuit Judge John Torrence here.
Finn essentially lost the most important bid he and his lawyers were making in court, which was to throw the whole thing out.
And here’s a key part of the Torrence ruling:
“The court finds that the evidence in this case is sufficient to allow a jury to conclude that Bishop Finn was a designated reporter as defined by Missouri law.”
Note: The judge obviously wasn’t reaching a conclusion on whether Finn had or had not violated the law in a specific case of child abuse.
But he was striking down a key contention made by Finn and his supporters, that he shouldn’t even be a mandatory reporter when it came to abuse of minors.
Yes, he should be on that list, the judge said.
This ruling ratchets up the possibility that Finn may become the highest ranking Catholic to be found guilty of participating in the church’s long-standing coverup of sexual abuse of minors.
Posted on April 6, 2012, in Bishop Robert Finn, Cardinal Dolan, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Catholic League, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, Clergy Sex Abuse, Pope Benedict, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope John Paul II, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse, William A Donohue and tagged Bishop Robert Finn, child abuse, child molestation, child molesters, child rape, child sex, child sex abuse, child sexual abuse, children, crimes against children, Kansas City Diocese, KC diocese, pedophile, pedophile priests, pedophille, pedophilles, pope, pope benedict XVI, Pope John Paul II, priest pedophile, priest pedophilles, rape priest pedophiles, roman catholic church, roman catholic church sex scandal, roman catholic clergy, roman catholics, St Thomas More, St Thomas More Durham NH, St Thomas More Parish. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.