October 24, 2011

Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., which he heads, entered pleas of not guilty to misdemeanour charges of failure to report child abuse.

The charges, brought by the county prosecutor in relation to the diocese's handling of the case of Father Shawn Ratigan, were acknowledged in an Oct. 14 diocesan statement.

Ratigan was arrested in May on state charges of possessing child pornography.

In August, federal prosecutors charged him with producing child pornography.