Cardinal Wuerl Knew of Sexual-Misconduct Allegations Against Ex-Cardinal McCarrick: Report

Washington, D.C. Cardinal Donald Wuerl knew of sexual-misconduct allegations against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and even went as far as reporting them to the Vatican in 2004, despite repeatedly insisting that he was unaware of the claims about his colleague. According to The Washington Post, a former priest recently discovered documents that prove Wuerl shared information about the allegations with the Vatican. McCarrick was suspended in June due to a complaint that he groped an altar boy decades ago, and other allegations include the abuse of minors and harassment of seminarians. Asked about the McCarrick allegations last July, Wuerl said: “I have seen some of those new public reports. But in my years here in Washington and even before that, I had not heard them.” The Washington archdiocese’s said Thursday that Wuerl did not intend “to be imprecise” with his public statements. McCarrick’s case is reportedly about to be decided at a trial in Rome.