Friday Five: What Wuerl knew, Opus Dei, Tim Tebow fiancee, Cyntoia Brown, Knights of Columbus

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Once again, the Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal dominates the headlines.

From the Washington Post to the New York Times to Commonwealth, the story that won't go away keeps making mainstream news.

Angles - Week - Friday - Five

And yes, various angles show up in this week's Friday Five.

Let's dive right in:

Religion - Story - Week - Washington - Post

1. Religion story of the week: The Washington Post’s Michelle Boorstein broke the news Thursday that despite past denials, D.C. Cardinal Donald Wuerl knew of sexual misconduct allegations against ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick and reported them to the Vatican.

In its related coverage, Catholic News Agency includes a name that is crucial to the wider story: Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano.

GetReligion - Analysis - Development - Days

Look for more GetReligion analysis of this important development in the coming days.

2. Most popular GetReligion post: Yet another Washington Post story on a major angle in the scandal was the focus of our No. 1 most-clicked commentary of the week.

Editor - Terry - Mattingly - Analysis - Catholic

If you missed it, check out Editor Terry Mattingly’s analysis titled “Why a Catholic star vanished: Opus Dei apologist groped woman and was sent into semi-exile.”

There will be little or no debate about this rock-solid Post story, in part because Opus Dei leaders spoke on the record about this case, their reactions to it and ongoing investigations into the popular Catholic apologist’s actions with other women.

Piece - Opus - Dei - Angle - Twitter

A follow-up piece on the Opus Dei angle did spark a Twitter disagreement between former GetReligion contributor Dawn Eden (Eden’s tweets) and Boorstein (Boorstein’s response) over how Eden was quoted in that report.

3. Guilt folder fodder (and more): People is what it is (read: not hard-nosed journalism).

Magazine - Scoop - Tim - Tebow - Engagement

But the magazine’s scoop on Tim Tebow’s engagement to former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters did thankfully, reference Tebow’s faith:

Over the years, Tebow has opened up several times to PEOPLE about his search for love.

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“I’m looking, but I just can’t seem to find anyone,” he told PEOPLE in...
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