POLITICAL observations & opinions

* first American BISHOP found GUILTY of failing to report child sexual abuse … 2 years probation is not nearly enough but it’s a start … LMW: Bishop Finn still can’t face personal responsibility. He says he is “sorry for the hurt these events have caused.” WRONG! He should be saying he is sorry for the hurt HE CAUSED.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 7, 2012

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The first American bishop criminally charged in the clergy sex abuse scandal was found guilty Thursday of a misdemeanor count of failing to report suspected child abuse, a conviction that extends the struggle of Roman Catholic leaders to restore trust in the church.

Bishop Robert Finn was acquitted on a second count. He received two years of probation, but that sentence was suspended and will be wiped from his record if he adheres to a set of conditions that include mandatory abuse reporting training, setting aside $10,000 in diocese money for abuse victim counseling, and instructing all diocesan agents to report suspected criminal activity involving minors.

Finn and the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph were each charged with two misdemeanor counts of failing to report suspected child abuse to the state. Prosecutors said they dropped charges against the diocese, and the judge is expected to sign off on that Friday.

The bishop, dressed in his traditional black garb, sat calmly throughout the hearing, even as he heard the verdict. He apologized before being sentenced, saying, “I truly regret and am sorry for the hurt these events have caused.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/07/us/kansas-city-bishop-convicted-of-shielding-pedophile-priest.html

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LMW Comment …

Bishop Finn still can’t face personal responsibility. He says he is “sorry for the hurt these events have caused.” WRONG! He should be saying he is sorry for the hurt HE CAUSED.

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