I doubt the recent letter was the impetus for a visitation in the Kansas City-St Joseph diocese. It must have been in the works a bit longer than that. Still, it seems significant that an archbishop from another country was talking and listening to people in Missouri last week.
The timetable on this is fascinating. NCRep published online about noon today. Secular news corporations had it three hours later. Tonight, media outlets from Texas to Iowa are carrying the story. I saw it first on Pewsitter, and most readers there are likely not enthused about the development.
Former chancery chief of staff Jude Huntz is quoted as saying the diocese has lost 25% of its Catholics in the past eight years. That’s just horrific.
Wait and see what happens from there.