Theodore McCarrick is facing another sexual abuse lawsuit, from a man who claims the former United States cardinal abused him in the 1980s in New Jersey. Source: Crux.
In the lawsuit filed in state court and announced on Tuesday, Michael Reading alleged Mr McCarrick engaged in sexual contact with him in 1986 while on a trip to the New Jersey shore, around the same time Mr McCarrick ordained Reading as a priest.
The claim comes as a two-year window nears completion in New Jersey for people to file abuse lawsuits regardless of how far back the alleged abuse occurred. The suit names Mr McCarrick and the Newark Archdiocese and alleges Mr Reading was abused in 1978 by Fr Edward Eilert, a priest working in the Newark Archdiocese.
An attorney representing Mr McCarrick declined to comment on Tuesday.
A spokesperson for the archdiocese didn’t comment on the lawsuit but said the archdiocese is “fully committed to our comprehensive programs and protocols to protect the faithful and to working with survivors of abuse, their legal representatives and law enforcement authorities in an ongoing effort to resolve allegations of past abuse.”
Mr McCarrick, 91, faces several abuse lawsuits in New Jersey that cover the time when he was bishop of Metuchen Diocese, in central New Jersey, and the archbishop of the Newark Archdiocese.
He was defrocked in 2019 after a Vatican investigation determined he sexually abused minors, as well as adults.
Defrocked Cardinal McCarrick named in sex abuse lawsuit (By David Porter, AP via Crux)