Cardinal apologizes to man who brought abuse claim in '88
November 30, 2016, Yahoo News
A former Roman Catholic bishop of Pittsburgh who now heads the Washington archdiocese has apologized for initially voicing doubts about a seminarian's claims in 1988 that as a young boy he had been sexually abused by a priest.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl says Tim Bendig, who is now a businessman, "told the truth about a priest who was a terrible danger to children and without his action that priest might have continued in the ministry."
"Telling that truth helped all of us to become a better church," Wuerl said in an interview Nov. 23 in the church newspaper in Washington, the Catholic Standard.
Bendig, who lives near Pittsburgh, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he had asked church officials to affirm his account amid continuing efforts by some online to discredit him. The cardinal's apology also comes as . . .
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