Missouri bishop faces bench trial in case tied to abuse

Thursday, September 6, 2012 | 7:25 a.m. CDT; updated 11:05 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 6, 2012

KANSAS CITY — A Missouri judge will try the criminal case against the highest-ranking Catholic official in the U.S. to be charged with shielding an abusive priest, three weeks before it was to go before a jury.