Cardinal Wuerl has been at the center of sex abuse allegations in the United States ever since the Attorney General of the State of Pennsylvania released a 900 page report alleging that Wuerl covered up and failed to properly handle sex abuse claims against priests while he served as Bishop of Pittsburgh. Wuerl contested the claims but the state’s attorney general stood by the veracity of the allegations. Wuerl eventually cancelled a speech he was to give at the 2018 World Meeting of Families in Ireland due to enormous outcry among Catholics.