A bishop who rose to power in Kansas City still confronts allegations of abuse . . . Here's perspective on the status of his case from local activists for reform among clerics:
Statement: WY / KC bishop/priest MAY yet be charged - prosecutor reverses himself
"We're puzzled but encouraged by the reversal of a prosecutor and the possible criminal charges against Bishop Joseph Hart, a long time Catholic cleric in Kansas City MO and Cheyenne WY. Our hearts ache for the likely dozens of his deeply wounded victims who have waited so patiently for justice.
"To protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded, and help law enforcement, we again beg parents, parishioners and the public to call police and prosecutors with even the slightest, oldest, smallest fact, rumor or observation about Bishop Hart.
"And we beg both Catholic and law enforcement officials to re-double their work to get this dangerous serial child molesting cleric off the streets. Mere age is no real impediment to a determined predator."
David G. Clohessy, former director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Further reading . . .
The criminal investigation into retired bishop Joseph Hart has not been officially closed, Cheyenne police said Friday, after authorities realized that a prosecutor had misunderstood police files describing the allegations against the cleric. Natrona County District Attorney Dan Itzen, who would prosecute any case against Hart, spoke with Cheyenne police officials on Friday, a spokesman for the agency said.
On June 20, 2018, American Catholics woke up to discover that retired Cardinal Theodore McCarrick stood accused of sexually abusing a teenager. The cardinal said he was innocent. The New York archdiocese said it was a singular allegation. Dioceses in New Jersey said they had received isolated allegations of misconduct with adults.
Developing . . .