The Latest on a top U.S. cardinal’s handling of a sexual misconduct case (all times local):

9:20 p.m.

Representatives of a top leader of the U.S. Catholic Church say he acted “swiftly and justly” to the allegations made by a woman who claims his former deputy lured her into a sexual relationship.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo presides over a Mass of Ordination for seven candidates for the priesthood at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston Saturday, June 1, 2019. DiNardo, leading the U.S. Catholic Church's sex abuse response, has been accused of mishandling a case where his deputy allegedly manipulated a woman into a sexual relationship, even as he counselled her husband and solicited their donations. The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Monsignor Frank Rossi and parishioner Laura Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo presides over a Mass of Ordination for seven candidates for the priesthood at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston Saturday, June 1, 2019. DiNardo, leading the U.S. Catholic Church’s sex abuse response, has been accused of mishandling a case where his deputy allegedly manipulated a woman into a sexual relationship, even as he counselled her husband and solicited their donations. The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Monsignor Frank Rossi and parishioner Laura Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston issued a statement Tuesday in response to an Associated Press investigation of Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, who is leading the U.S. church’s response to its sex abuse scandal.

Laura Pontikes accuses DiNardo of not fulfilling the archdiocese’s promises to prevent Monsignor Frank Rossi from being a pastor or counseling women after engaging in a sexual relationship with her. Instead, DiNardo allowed Rossi to go to a parish in rural east Texas under another diocese.

The statement from church officials says DiNardo agreed not to reassign Rossi in his archdiocese. It accuses the AP of publishing “unprofessional, biased and one-sided reporting,” and says some comments attributed to DiNardo by Pontikes and her husband, George, are “an absolute fabrication.”

Monsignor Frank Rossi stands outside Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Woodville, Texas, on Sunday, April 14, 2019. The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Rossi and parishioner Laura Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Monsignor Frank Rossi stands outside Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Woodville, Texas, on Sunday, April 14, 2019. The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Rossi and parishioner Laura Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

It also says Pontikes demanded $10 million from the archdiocese. Pontikes acknowledges she made the demand in an off-the-cuff fit of anger, but says she was clear from the start that she wasn’t interested in a financial payoff. The Pontikeses and her lawyer told AP that details of mediation, including any financial negotiations, were confidential.

Before publication, the AP presented a detailed list of questions to the archdiocese and twice requested interviews with DiNardo. Those requests were denied.

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Laura Pontikes pauses during an interview in the prayer section of her apartment in Houston on April 13, 2019. The 55-year-old Texas construction company executive and mother of three had been seeking God when she began spiritual counselling with Monsignor Frank Rossi. The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Rossi and Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Laura Pontikes pauses during an interview in the prayer section of her apartment in Houston on April 13, 2019. The 55-year-old Texas construction company executive and mother of three had been seeking God when she began spiritual counselling with Monsignor Frank Rossi. The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Rossi and Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

This update has been corrected to show that the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston issued the statement Tuesday, not Wednesday.

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5 p.m.

Religious cards are displayed on a wall at St. Michael Archangel Catholic Church in Houston, April 13, 2019. The church, which has been grappling for decades with the sexual abuse of children, is now being forced to reckon with the recognition that adults too can be sexually exploited by clergy. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Religious cards are displayed on a wall at St. Michael Archangel Catholic Church in Houston, April 13, 2019. The church, which has been grappling for decades with the sexual abuse of children, is now being forced to reckon with the recognition that adults too can be sexually exploited by clergy. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

An advocacy group for clergy abuse victims is calling on a top U.S. cardinal to resign or step aside from his role leading the U.S. Catholic Church’s response to its sex abuse crisis.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests issued a statement in response to an Associated Press investigation of Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

DiNardo is accused of not fulfilling the archdiocese’s promises to parishioner Laura Pontikes after she alleged she had been sexually exploited by her pastor, Monsignor Frank Rossi.

A traffic light hangs over a road leading to Woodville, Texas on April 14, 2019. Monsignor Frank Rossi's
A traffic light hangs over a road leading to Woodville, Texas on April 14, 2019. Monsignor Frank Rossi’s “retirement” from the Galveston-Houston archdiocese was announced in 2016, along with his new appointment as pastor of Our Lady of the Pines in Woodville, a humble parish that seats about 100 people. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

SNAP lauded Pontikes for “speaking out against wrongdoing and in standing up for other survivors.” The group accuses DiNardo of having “compounded” the difficulties faced by adults who allege abuse in the church.

The archdiocese says the relationship was consensual and denies wrongdoing on the part of DiNardo.

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The main driveway leading up to a garage of the weekend home of Laura and George Pontikes is seen in this April 12, 2019, photo in Anahuac, Texas. The family had built a guest cottage for Monsignor Frank Rossi at the weekend retreat. The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Rossi and parishioner Laura Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
The main driveway leading up to a garage of the weekend home of Laura and George Pontikes is seen in this April 12, 2019, photo in Anahuac, Texas. The family had built a guest cottage for Monsignor Frank Rossi at the weekend retreat. The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Rossi and parishioner Laura Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

12:30 p.m.

The cardinal leading the U.S. Catholic Church’s response to sex abuse is being accused of mishandling a case in which his deputy allegedly manipulated a woman into a sexual relationship, even as he counseled her husband on their marriage and solicited their donations.

The allegations against Cardinal Daniel DiNardo come just a week before he presides over a meeting of U.S. bishops to adopt new accountability measures.

The weekend home of Laura and George Pontikes, center; a guest cottage, left; and a chapel, right, are shown in this April 12, 2019, photo in Anahuac, Texas. The family had built the guest cottage for Monsignor Frank Rossi at the weekend retreat. The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Rossi and parishioner Laura Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
The weekend home of Laura and George Pontikes, center; a guest cottage, left; and a chapel, right, are shown in this April 12, 2019, photo in Anahuac, Texas. The family had built the guest cottage for Monsignor Frank Rossi at the weekend retreat. The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Rossi and parishioner Laura Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Laura Pontikes said DiNardo thanked her for coming forward in April 2016 and called her a “victim.”

But DiNardo allowed Monsignor Frank Rossi to return to ministry in a different diocese. The archdiocese said the relationship was consensual and Rossi had completed a “renewal” program.

On Tuesday, Rossi’s new bishop put him on temporary leave after Associated Press inquired about a police investigation.

Gold crosses and statues adorn confessional rooms at St. Michael Archangel Catholic Church, one of Houston's wealthiest parishes, on April 13, 2019. Laura Pontikes first met Monsignor Frank Rossi in a confessional at this church in December 2007. The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Rossi and Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Gold crosses and statues adorn confessional rooms at St. Michael Archangel Catholic Church, one of Houston’s wealthiest parishes, on April 13, 2019. Laura Pontikes first met Monsignor Frank Rossi in a confessional at this church in December 2007. The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Rossi and Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Laura Pontikes closes her eyes while seated in front of an antique oil painting of Jesus during an interview in the prayer section of her apartment in Houston on April 13, 2019. The 55-year-old Texas construction company executive and mother of three, had been seeking God when she began spiritual counselling with Monsignor Frank Rossi. The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Rossi and Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Laura Pontikes closes her eyes while seated in front of an antique oil painting of Jesus during an interview in the prayer section of her apartment in Houston on April 13, 2019. The 55-year-old Texas construction company executive and mother of three, had been seeking God when she began spiritual counselling with Monsignor Frank Rossi. The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Rossi and Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
An antique crucifix is displayed the prayer room in the apartment of Laura Pontikes in Houtson on April 13, 2019. Pontikes, a 55-year-old Texas construction company executive and mother of three, had been seeking God when she began spiritual counselling with Monsignor Frank Rossi. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
An antique crucifix is displayed the prayer room in the apartment of Laura Pontikes in Houtson on April 13, 2019. Pontikes, a 55-year-old Texas construction company executive and mother of three, had been seeking God when she began spiritual counselling with Monsignor Frank Rossi. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Laura Pontikes holds her eyeglasses while her dog, Coco, watches her in their apartment in Houston on April 13, 2019. Pontikes, a 55-year-old Texas construction company executive and mother of three, had been seeking God when she began spiritual counselling with Monsignor Frank Rossi. The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Rossi and Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Laura Pontikes holds her eyeglasses while her dog, Coco, watches her in their apartment in Houston on April 13, 2019. Pontikes, a 55-year-old Texas construction company executive and mother of three, had been seeking God when she began spiritual counselling with Monsignor Frank Rossi. The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Rossi and Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Monsignor Frank Rossi blesses a child during the Holy Communion at a Mass in Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Woodville, Texas, on Sunday, April 14, 2019. On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, after The Associated Press alerted the U.S. Catholic Church that it was preparing a story involving Rossi, his new boss announced he had placed Rossi on leave pending the outcome of the criminal sexual misconduct investigation Houston police launched in August. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Monsignor Frank Rossi blesses a child during the Holy Communion at a Mass in Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Woodville, Texas, on Sunday, April 14, 2019. On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, after The Associated Press alerted the U.S. Catholic Church that it was preparing a story involving Rossi, his new boss announced he had placed Rossi on leave pending the outcome of the criminal sexual misconduct investigation Houston police launched in August. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo presides over a Mass of Ordination for candidates for the priesthood at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston Saturday, June 1, 2019. DiNardo, leading the U.S. Catholic Church's sex abuse response, has been accused of mishandling a case where his deputy allegedly manipulated a woman into a sexual relationship, even as he counselled her husband and solicited their donations. The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Monsignor Frank Rossi and parishioner Laura Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo presides over a Mass of Ordination for candidates for the priesthood at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston Saturday, June 1, 2019. DiNardo, leading the U.S. Catholic Church’s sex abuse response, has been accused of mishandling a case where his deputy allegedly manipulated a woman into a sexual relationship, even as he counselled her husband and solicited their donations. The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Monsignor Frank Rossi and parishioner Laura Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Laura Pontikes pauses as her husband George holds her hand after an interview in their apartment in Houston on April 13, 2019. From beginning to end, George Pontikes said, the church has failed them in its response to allegations of sexual misconduct. “They are doing exactly what the pope told them not to do: They are defending Frank Rossi,” he said. “They are not defending the victim.” The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Monsignor Frank Rossi and parishioner Laura Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Laura Pontikes pauses as her husband George holds her hand after an interview in their apartment in Houston on April 13, 2019. From beginning to end, George Pontikes said, the church has failed them in its response to allegations of sexual misconduct. “They are doing exactly what the pope told them not to do: They are defending Frank Rossi,” he said. “They are not defending the victim.” The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Monsignor Frank Rossi and parishioner Laura Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
A chapel stands on a property owned by Laura and George Pontikes on April 12, 2019, in Anahuac, Texas. From beginning to end, George Pontikes said, the church has failed them in its response to allegations of sexual misconduct. “They are doing exactly what the pope told them not to do: They are defending Frank Rossi,” he said. “They are not defending the victim.” The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Monsignor Frank Rossi and parishioner Laura Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
A chapel stands on a property owned by Laura and George Pontikes on April 12, 2019, in Anahuac, Texas. From beginning to end, George Pontikes said, the church has failed them in its response to allegations of sexual misconduct. “They are doing exactly what the pope told them not to do: They are defending Frank Rossi,” he said. “They are not defending the victim.” The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Monsignor Frank Rossi and parishioner Laura Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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