Papa Francesco ha accettato la rinuncia al governo pastorale della diocesi di Saint Joseph presentata dal vescovo mons. Robert W.Finn.
Finn è il primo vescovo americano condannato per l'omessa segnalazione di un sacerdote sospettato di abusi sessuali su minori alle autorità governative, in particolare per le immagini pedopornografiche trovate nel computer di un sacerdote.
La rimozione arriva dopo un'inchiesta aperta anche dal Vaticano.
Bishop Robert W. Finn has resigned as the head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in northern and western Missouri after his conviction for failing to report possible child abuse.
The Vatican announced Bishop Finn’s resignation early Tuesday. The bishop, who was convicted in September 2012, became the highest-ranking American church official found guilty of a crime related to the church’s child sexual abuse scandal after he waited six months to report a diocese priest suspected of abuse.
The priest, the Rev. Shawn Ratigan, was sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kan., has been appointed as apostolic administrator of the Missouri diocese until a successor for Bishop Finn is appointed. Archbishop Naumann will retain his duties in the Kansas diocese.
In September, the Vatican announced an investigation of Bishop Finn’s action that was being led by a Canadian archbishop, Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa, at the request of Pope Francis.