Former Cardinal Mccarrick Sued for Sex Abuse
The Wall Street Journal
December 5, 2019
Defrocked priest accused in two suits since New Jersey’s new law went into effect
Two men have filed lawsuits accusing former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of sexual abuse since a New Jersey law went into effect that gives people a new opportunity to sue their alleged assailants.
James Grein of Sterling, Va., filed a lawsuit in New Jersey state court late Wednesday, claiming Mr. McCarrick repeatedly sexually abused him from 1969, when he was 11 years old, to 1989. During that time period, Mr. McCarrick served as bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen and as archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark.
Mr. Grein said Mr. McCarrick baptized him in 1958 and established a close relationship with his family that lasted decades. The abuse took place in the state of New Jersey and other states, he said.
“He disgraces Jesus Christ,” Mr. Grein said at a news conference Thursday. “He is not my pathway to Jesus Christ.”
An attorney for Mr. McCarrick declined to comment.
Mr. McCarrick was dismissed from the priesthood in February after being found guilty by the Vatican of sexual abuse of minors and sexual misconduct with adults, becoming the first-ever U.S. cardinal to be defrocked. He previously resigned from the College of Cardinals in 2018.