RELIGION

Pope accepts resignation of US bishop who failed to report suspected abuser

  • FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2011 file photo, Bishop Robert Finn, of Kansas City, Mo., leaves a meeting at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall assembly in Baltimore. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Finn who pleaded guilty to failing to report a suspected priestly child abuser, answering demands of victims to crackdown on bishops who covered up for pedophiles. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2011 file photo, Bishop Robert Finn, of Kansas City, Mo., leaves a meeting at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall assembly in Baltimore. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Finn who pleaded guilty to failing to report a suspected priestly child abuser, answering demands of victims to crackdown on bishops who covered up for pedophiles. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Clay County, Mo., Detention Center shows Rev. Shawn Francis Ratigan. On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn, who leads the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in Missouri, for failing to report Ratigan, a suspected child abuser.   (AP Photo/Clay County Detention Center, File)

    FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Clay County, Mo., Detention Center shows Rev. Shawn Francis Ratigan. On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn, who leads the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in Missouri, for failing to report Ratigan, a suspected child abuser. (AP Photo/Clay County Detention Center, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Sept. 6, 2012 photo, Bishop Robert Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph addresses the judge during in a bench trial in Kansas City before being convicted of failing to take action in response to abuse allegations. On Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Pope Francis accepted Finn's resignation under the code of canon law that allows bishops to resign early for illness or some "grave" reason that makes them unfit for office. (Tammy Ljungblad/The Kansas City Star via AP)

    In this Sept. 6, 2012 photo, Bishop Robert Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph addresses the judge during in a bench trial in Kansas City before being convicted of failing to take action in response to abuse allegations. On Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Pope Francis accepted Finn's resignation under the code of canon law that allows bishops to resign early for illness or some "grave" reason that makes them unfit for office. (Tammy Ljungblad/The Kansas City Star via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a U.S. bishop who pleaded guilty to failing to report a suspected priestly child abuser, answering demands of victims to crackdown on bishops who covered up for pedophiles.

The Vatican said Tuesday that Bishop Robert Finn had offered his resignation under the code of canon law that allows bishops to resign early for illness or some "grave" reason that makes them unfit for office.

Finn, who leads the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in Missouri, waited six months before notifying police about the Rev. Shawn Ratigan, whose computer contained hundreds of lewd photos of young girls taken in and around churches where he worked. Ratigan was sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.