KANSAS CITY — The leader of the Roman Catholic church’s new commission to fight child sex abuse says the Vatican needs to address the position of Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn.
Finn leads the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. He was convicted of a misdemeanor in 2012 for failing to report abuse suspicions. The charge stemmed from a case in which church officials knew about lewd photos of girls on a priest’s computer but didn’t tell police for six months.
Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley leads the pope’s global commission on the abuse problem. He tells CBS’ “60 Minutes” in an interview airing Sunday that policies adopted in his archdiocese would bar Finn from teaching Sunday school. He says it’s a question the “Holy See needs to address urgently.”
Finn’s spokesman declined comment Friday.
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