Bishop Finn Reinstates Suspended Priest

By Mike Hendricks
Kansas City Star
February 5, 2012

Bishop Robert Finn has reinstated a priest within the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph following an investigation by an independent review board.

The priest was suspended last month after unspecified allegations were made. It was the first such case since the office of ombudsman was created last summer in the wake of a church sex abuse scandal.

In a prepared statement Sunday, Finn praised the process.

"There is no question that it is in the best interest of the Church and the broader community that any suspicion of wrongdoing be brought forward," Finn said. "There also is no question that once brought forward, the matter will be and must be investigated."



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