Catholic order reveals almost $1m sexual misconduct settlement over complaint against celebrity priest
The Catholic order Opus Dei in 2005 paid $977,000 (€854,000) to settle a sexual misconduct suit against the Reverend C John McCloskey, who was the closest thing to a celebrity the Church had in the Washington area.
The survivor is a devout Washington-area Catholic who was among the many who received spiritual direction from McCloskey through the Catholic Information Centre, a hub in the downtown area of the District of Columbia.
She told 'The Washington Post' McCloskey groped her several times while she was going to pastoral counselling with him to discuss marital troubles and depression.
She spoke to him about her "misperceived guilt over the interaction" in confession and he absolved her, she said about being "caught up in this cover-up".
The complaint was not made public by the order until this week but, behind the scenes, the ministry of the well-known priest had been sharply curtailed.
Monsignor Thomas Bohlin said in a statement, which came after the survivor requested Opus Dei go public in an effort to reach other potential victims, that McCloskey was removed from his job at the centre a year after the complaint, when it was found to be credible. (© Independent News Service, US)