Bishop McKnight issued a stinging rebuke of his fellow bishops during the 2018 sex abuse crisis. McKnight called out the hypocritical nature of U.S. bishops welcoming him as a new bishop while covering up and remaining silent about sex abuse going on in Pennsylvania. “It is inexplicable to me,” he said, that someone like Theodore McCarrick could abuse boys and no one called him out. “This cannot continue, and I hope with God’s grace there will be a change of culture among the clergy,” he wrote.