Vatican Clears Retired US Bishop of Multiple Abuse Claims
Retired Wyoming Bishop Joseph Hart was accused of sexually abusing minors and teenagers.
- Published 26 January 2021
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ROME (AP) — The Vatican has cleared a retired U.S. bishop of multiple allegations he sexually abused minors and teenagers, rejecting lay experts’ determination that a half-dozen claims were credible and instead slapping him on the wrist for what it called “flagrant” imprudent behavior. The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith exonerated retired Cheyenne, Wyoming Bishop Joseph Hart of seven accusations abuse and determined that five others couldn’t be proven “with moral certitude.”…