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September 6th, 2012
09:09 PM ET

Catholic bishop convicted of shielding priest

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) – A judge in Kansas City, Missouri, has sentenced a Catholic bishop to two years on probation for failure to report suspected child abuse, officials said Thursday.

Bishop Robert W. Finn, 59, is the highest-ranking Catholic official to be convicted during the church's long sexual abuse scandal.

Finn won't serve any jail time or pay a fine, the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney's office said. The misdemeanor charge had a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a fine of as much as $1,000.

Read the full story on the conviction of Kansas City's bishop
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Missouri

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      September 11, 2012 at 8:54 am |
  10. apples are red, oranges are ...

    So, the rumors are true. There are actually 12 commandments:

    11th commandment: In case you can't keep the commandments and are on the verge of breaking any of them, then try as much as possible not to get caught in the act.

    12th commandment: In case you get caught, never ever admit to anything.

    September 10, 2012 at 12:02 am |
  11. Rufus T. Firefly

    Chad "your stubborn insistence that it's possible to debate a position you know nothing of is actually quite remarkable."

    Oh my, Chad, the ironyof you uttering those words is almost physically painful.

    September 9, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  12. Atheism is Great for Kids and Grown-Ups Too!

    It's really best for all people including children to have an agnostic approach to god, and an atheistic approach to all religion. It keeps things simple for kids, and let's them be all that they can be. They just need to be taught that some things, like all religion, were just made up by salesmen and politicians from long ago; and that other things, like god, we really don't know a damn thing about.

    Atheists have strong minds, and don't run and hide their misdeeds within their religion (and by doing so, disserving society).

    So instead of praying to make-believe people, get a good cup of tea and go on and sit down and collect your damn thoughts. My goodness.

    mama kindless

    September 9, 2012 at 9:21 am |
  13. Reality

    Just another example of the following:

    (Only for new members of this blog:)

    Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" are converging these religions into some simple rules of life. No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired.

    Ditto for houses of "worthless worship" aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples and synagogues.

    September 8, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  14. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    September 8, 2012 at 11:07 am |
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    September 8, 2012 at 9:38 am |
  16. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things

    September 8, 2012 at 7:50 am |
    • hal 9000

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      September 8, 2012 at 8:36 am |
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      There is a wonderful joy in prayer known to but a few. Know that as this day is given that joy is there for you. God bless

      September 8, 2012 at 8:38 am |
    • just sayin

      There is a wonderful joy in prayer known to but a few. Know that as this day is given that joy is there for you. God bless !

      September 8, 2012 at 8:38 am |
    • Reality

      A prayer for the 21st century:

      The Apostles' Creed 2012 (updated by yours truly based on the studies of NT historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

      Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven?????

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
      Jerusalem.

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
      ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

      Amen
      (References used are available upon request.)

      September 8, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • ....

      @reality
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      September 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • NOPE

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      September 8, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Marvin

      No Reality, you should believe the computer you are writing evolved itself to be. I mean hey, if life being so complex, so unique, can evolve from single celled organisms why not a computer from a single atom?

      September 8, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
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