Robert Finn

Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn, head of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

The Vatican announced Tuesday that Bishop Finn had offered his resignation under a law that allows bishops to resign if they are ill or have another "grave" reason. The announcement did not include a reason for Bishop Finn's resignation.

In 2013, Finn plead guilty to charges that he failed to report suspected child abuse. It was the first case where a pope sanctioned bishops for covering up pedophilia.

In 2012, he was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge for failing to report suspected abuse.

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Leaving nearly 8 months preparation time for prosecution and defense, a Jackson County Circuit Judge has set  a late September trial date for the Bishop of Kansas City and St. Joseph and the diocese as an entity.   The case will be a first of its kind in the nation.