C. John McCloskey

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Rev. C. John McCloskey III is a Catholic priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei and member of the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross. He is the former director of the Catholic Information Center of the Archdiocese of Washington. He worked on Wall Street at Citibank and Merrill Lynch for a number of years before becoming a priest. He was ordained in 1981 by Cardinal Roger Etchegaray.


McCloskey was credibly accused of groping an adult woman in 2002. He was subsequently removed from his position as the director of the Catholic Information Center, and a $977,000 settlement with the woman was reached in 2005.[1] Opus Dei received a special contribution from an unknown donor to pay the settlement [2]


McCloskey was previously known for having helped convert a number of people to Catholicism, including Newt Gingrich,[3] Sam Brownback, Lawrence Kudlow, and Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a prominent pro-life activist who was converted from being a pro-choice NARAL Pro-Choice America founder in his earlier years as a doctor, where he performed abortions.[4] He is also said to be an associate and defender of Robert Hanssen, the FBI employee who spied for the Soviet Union.[5][6]




  • (2010) The Essential Belloc - A Prophet for Our Times, ISBN 978-1-935302-36-0[7]


  1. ^ "Statement by Msgr. Thomas Bohlin".
  2. ^ Washington Post: Opus Dei Paid $977000 To Settle Sexual Misconduct Claim Against a Popoular Priest [1]
  3. ^ RealClearReligion, "Father C. John, Fisher of Men", By Mark Judge, July 25, 2011.
  4. ^ New York Magazine: "The Convert" By Steve Fishman May 21, 2005
  5. ^ https://www.newsweek.com/washingtons-quiet-club-149005
  6. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/2001/02/25/a-question-of-why/57d3dc47-ddf6-4f10-9563-2aaca35c36bd/
  7. ^ TAN Books, "The Essential Belloc", TAN Books, publication_date. 2-Sept-2010.

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