"Wuerl defended the church's 'secrecy' in not publicizing accusations against priests, saying the accusers often preferred to keep the issue from authorities and media. He also defended a much-criticized practice from decades ago of reassigning accused priests, saying bishops were only doing what they thought was best at the time. Today, Wuerl said, they know better.
"'In spite of all the repetition of the same names and the same incidences that create the impression in the media that this type of abuse is widespread, it includes a minuscule fraction of the Catholic priesthood,' Wuerl said. 'We are dealing with a limited number of priests, albeit one priest molester is one too many. We also need to keep in mind that charges range from inappropriate touching of a child to homosexual contact with a person in the late teens.'"
I am presenting this news article for whatever it is worth. No doubt it does not represent the totality of Bishop Wuerl's views then or now.