“In 2005, Opus Dei paid $977,000 to settle a sexual misconduct suit against the prelature’s most high-profile priest in the United States at the time, Fr. C. John McCloskey.
The abuse was reported in 2002 by a woman who told The Washington Post that McCloskey had groped her several times during pastoral counseling sessions regarding her marriage and serious depression.
While serving as director of the Catholic Information Center (CIC), Opus Dei’s flagship operation in Washington D.C., McCloskey gained celebrity status in Catholic circles, frequently offering commentary on TV, and becoming a familiar face on EWTN.
Perhaps most significantly, McCloskey is credited with evangelizing powerful men and women and shepherding them into or back to the Catholic Church, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; TV and radio host who is now President Trump’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow; former U.S. senator and Kansas governor Sam Brownback, now serving as United States Ambassador-at-Large for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; ‘Crossfire’ co-host and columnist, Robert Novak, and Fox TV host Laura Ingraham, among many others.”