Retired Wyoming Bishop Dies; Exonerated at Vatican Trial Over Abuse Claims

Retired Bishop Joseph H. Hart of Cheyenne, who headed the statewide diocese from 1978 until his retirement in 2001 and had over the years faced accusations he had sexually abused minors in years past, died Aug. 23 at Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne, according to an Aug. 25 obituary in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle daily newspaper. He was 91.

New Accusation Surfaces Against Former U.S. Prelate McCarrick

A firm that has filed previous legal complaints against former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick and church entities added another complainant July 21 against the laicized prelate, leveling a new accusation that he allegedly abused its new client as a boy at a beach house in Sea Girt, New Jersey, in the early 1980s.

Bishop DiMarzio Wraps Up Apostolic Visitation in Buffalo

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio made his third “apostolic visit” to Buffalo, N.Y., to conclude his fact-finding mission in the Diocese of Buffalo, where Bishop Richard Malone faces accusations of covering up sexual abuse of minors by priests.

Bridgeport Bishop Caggiano Addresses Scandal

Bishop Caggiano made his remarks two days after the release of results of an independent investigation that identified 281 victims of abuse in the Diocese of Bridgeport over the diocese’s 65 years and found 71 priests who were credibly accused.