‘Slap in the face.’ Sex abuse victims outraged over priest’s return to Kansas City

KANSAS CITY (MO)
Kansas City Star [Kansas City MO]

October 5, 2022

By Judy L. Thomas

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[Photo above: Ed Gavagan, Michael Sandridge and Dan Laurine in a scene from Procession, a documentary that follows six men, all survivors of childhood sexual abuse by Catholic priests and clergy, who come together to direct a drama therapy-inspired experiment designed to collectively work through their trauma – Courtesy of Netflix]

A former Kansas City priest and retired Wyoming bishop whose numerous sexual abuse allegations were dismissed by the Vatican but deemed credible by two current U.S. bishops is moving back to the metro area.

Joseph Hart, who left Kansas City more than four decades ago to become Bishop of Cheyenne, will be residing in a senior living facility, The Star has learned. Hart, who turned 91 last month, has a brother — also a priest — who lives in Kansas City.

One of Hart’s victims told The Star that he was contacted last week by Bishop…


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