'The diocese of Pittsburgh revealed Thursday that Washington D.C. Cardinal Donald Wuerl was aware of accusations of sexual misconduct against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick as far back as 2004, despite Wuerl’s insistence that he had heard nothing about them until 2018.
Robert Ciolek, a former priest of the diocese of Metuchen, spoke of his abuse by then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in November 2004 before a review board, the diocese of Pittsburgh said in a statement.
“This was the first time the Diocese of Pittsburgh learned of this allegation,” the statement said. “A few days later, then-Bishop Donald Wuerl made a report of the allegation to the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.”
Mr. Ciolek had originally insisted on confidentiality, but in November authorized the Diocese of Pittsburgh to respond to press inquiries about this matter, the statement said.
As the result of a settlement made in 2005 with three New Jersey dioceses, Mr. Ciolek was awarded some $80,000 in response to allegations against both Archbishop McCarrick and a Catholic school teacher.
The accusations against Archbishop McCarrick reportedly concerned his behavior at his New Jersey beach house, where he is alleged to have shared beds with seminarians.
In a letter dated last June 21, Cardinal Wuerl wrote that he was “shocked and saddened” by allegations made against Archbishop McCarrick, adding that “no claim — credible or otherwise — has been made against Cardinal McCarrick during his time here in Washington.”'
Read more: Despite Denials, Cardinal Wuerl Knew of McCarrick Abuse in 2004
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