Bishop Charged in Sex-Abuse Coverup

    Parents and victims of priest abuse from around the world hold banners reading 'Justice' and 'Shame' during a demonstration in Rome on the background of the Vatican dome on October 31, 2010. Clerical sex abuse victims from across the world on Sunday took their calls for justice from Pope Benedict XVI to the doors of the Vatican itself.    Close to a hundred protesters -- victims of abuse and their families -- gathered in Rome before leading a candle-lit vigil to the edge of St Peter's Square on which they will leave personal messages for the leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
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    Kansas City’s Roman Catholic bishop, Robert Finn, was indicted Friday for failing to report a suspected child-abuse case at the hands of a priest. The priest in question, Rev. Shawn Ratian, was arrested last spring for taking inappropriate photographs of young girls. Finn knew about the photos since December 2010, but didn’t turn them over to the police until May. His indictment is the first ever of a Catholic bishop in the U.S. since the scandal of sexual abuse by priests first went public 25 years ago. Finn has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge.

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