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Bishop Finn grateful for quick resolution of charges

Catholic World News - September 07, 2012

Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, Missouri, has expressed gratitude for the quick resolution of his criminal trial, although he was found guilty on a misdemeanor charge.

In a statement released through his lawyers, Bishop Finn voiced his satisfaction with the agreement that allowed the criminal charges against him to be resolved by a bench trial, and dropped the charges against the Kansas City diocese. The statement read:

Bishop Finn is grateful that the court and prosecutor have allowed this matter to be resolved. This could have been a lengthy and emotionally difficult trial for all persons affected. The bench trial, with a stipulation of testimony, has avoided the need for live testimony from diocesan employees, parishioners and others. This process has also resulted in the charges against the Diocese being dismissed by the state. The diocesan process and procedures as previously existed failed to adequately identify the necessity to inform the Children's Division of Shawn Ratigan's behavior in a more timely manner. For this, the bishop is truly sorry.

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