With the resignation, Wuerl becomes the most prominent head to roll in the scandal roiling the Catholic Church after his predecessor as Washington archbishop, Theodore McCarrick, was forced to resign as cardinal over allegations he sexually abused at least two minors and adult seminarians. The decision came after months in which Wuerl, who turns 78 in November, initially downplayed the scandal, insisted on his own good record, but then progressively came to the conclusion that he could no longer lead the archdiocese. In his letter accepting the resignation, Francis said he recognized that in asking to retire, Wuerl had put the interests and unity of his flock ahead of his own ambitions, as all shepherds must do. Of this I am proud and thank you. But Francis kept him on, as popes tend to do with able-bodied bishops who share their pastoral priorities. But a grand jury report issued in August on rampant sex abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses accused Wuerl of helping to protect some child-molesting priests while he was bishop of Pittsburgh from to
Share on Twitter The complaint, filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, seeks to hold the defendants accountable, alleging the Schwikerts were referred to Nassar for medical treatment, "even though it knew or should have known of Nassar's sexual abuse and could have prevented it by taking sexual abuse allegations seriously and maintaining a culture of accountability and transparency. USA Gymnastics said in a statement it was sorry the Schwikerts were abused by Nassar and it is working to make changes to ensure that athlete safety and well-being remains at the forefront of its work but otherwise would not comment on pending litigation. The USOC did not respond when asked to comment on the lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges USA Gymnastics "kept a secret file of sexual abuse allegations and enabled a culture of psychological and physical abuse that kept young girls," including the Schwikert sisters, silent. According to the complaint, the "defendants willfully refused to notify, give adequate warning and implement appropriate safeguards" to protect the young gymnasts under their supervision. It's like watching a perpetual circus of horribles," Tasha told reporters. According to a statement released on behalf of the sisters, the lawsuits are the first related to the Nassar scandal to seek damages under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, "as each of these defendants engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity including sexual exploitation, abuse, and trafficking of minors and conspiracy to commit such acts.
The Pope's top adviser on clergy sexual abuse canceled a trip to Ireland for a papal event because he has to investigate sexual misconduct in his own seminary. Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, another key papal ally embroiled in the sex abuse crisis, has also canceled his appearance at next week's World Meeting of Families, a spokesman told CNN. Consider the litany of recent incidents in the Catholic Church: The Vatican has declined to comment on the allegation.
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