Quick Facts:• Bishop Robert W. Finn• Roman Catholic Bishop• Kansas City, Missouri• Found guilty on 1 of 2 misdemeanor charges of withholding information from the Diocese and State regarding the suspected child sexual abuse one of the Priests(Rev. Shawn Ratigan) was performing.
Details• In December 2010, Rev. Ratigan took his laptop to get repairs, and the Technician repairing it came across some pornographic pictures of young girls’ genitals, both naked and clothed.• The technician then quickly told the Church’s officials.• Ratigan attempted suicide but survived and taken in for treatment.
Back From Rehab• Bishop Finn then puts Ratigan into a convent with orders to stay away from children.• Ratigan then continued to take lewd photos of girls for another 5 months, until reported again by church officials, against Bishop Finn’s wishes.• Bishop Finn is put on trial for withholding this information regarding Ratigan.
Finn’s Finally• On the two charges he faced regarding the withheld knowledge about Ratigan, Finn is found guilty on one.• His punishment is to be put on Court Supervised Probation for 2 years.• A jury trial was set to be later this month, but last Wednesday, the prosecution announced that it would be decided in one afternoon before a judge.• This made it so the victims and their parents would not have to testify.
Ratigan• Ratigan pleaded guilty in August to the Federal child pornography charges. He admitted to taking pictures of girls he knew over the years ranging from 2 to 9 years old.• Prosecutors will request for 15-30 years in prison for Ratigan once sentencing takes place.
Discussion Questions• Do you think that Bishop Finn’s punishment should have been worse?• What do you think Rev. Ratigan’s sentence should be?
• http://www.newsy.com/videos/bishop-guilty- of-not-reporting-priest-child-abuse• http://articles.boston.com/2012-09- 07/nation/33649532_1_jean-peters-baker- pedophile-priest-bishop-robert-w-finn• http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on- faith/judge-convicts-kansas-city-mo-bishop- of-1-misdemeanor-for-failing-to-report- abusive-priest/2012/09/06/32bb70a8-f886- 11e1-a93b-7185e3f88849_story_1.html• New York Times