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The archdiocese faces this crisis at a time when Catholic clergy in Philadelphia and other parts of the country are facing criminal charges for their handling of sex abuse cases.
In Kansas City, Mo., Bishop Robert Finn was convicted last year of failure to report possible child abuse, after he became aware that one of his priests had child porn on his computer. The priest, who had been taking lewd photos of children, was eventually charged with producing pornography and sentenced to 50 years in prison.
Finn was given two years probation.
One of the conditions of his probation was that his diocese forward to police all new reports of sexual misconduct by priests involving children.
Jean Hopfensperger • 612-673-4511
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