Crisis Hits America’s Seminary at the Vatican and New York Archdiocese

Gene Thomas Gomulka, Clerical Abuse Victims Advocate

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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Crisis Hits America’s Seminary at the Vatican and New York Archdiocese

Shocking Clerical Sexual Misconduct and Cover-Up Exposed in Major Lawsuit

NEW YORK, February 16, 2021 An explosive Complaint was filed in a lawsuit on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 by Manhattan attorney Raymond W. Belair of Belair & Associates P. C. in New York State Supreme Court on behalf of former seminarian Anthony Gorgia. The lawsuit names New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan; the Archdiocese of New York; the Pontifical North American College (NAC), the U.S. seminary in Vatican City; the NAC rector, Illinois-priest Father Peter Harman; the NAC vice-rector, Washington D.C.- priest Father Adam Park; and others as shocking allegations of clerical misconduct and cover-up are revealed in graphic detail.

A press-release video explaining the lawsuit is available at: https://youtu.be/2k_C6Ij2-9U

A press-release video explaining the lawsuit is also available in Italian at: https://youtu.be/G2C6f21xdvA

The Complaint can be accessed at:

https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/nyscef/ViewDocument?docIndex=VQhEtLkS/cF_PLUS_a4QyW6Ba_PLUS_g==

In addition to alleging misconduct toward subordinates on the part of Fathers Park and Harman, both of whom have ties to disgraced and accused-predator U.S. bishops; the lawsuit recounts reprisals Gorgia suffered as a result of not being complicit with misconduct by the vice-rector. The lawsuit also implicates Cardinal Dolan in a massive cover-up for these defendants and a career-long pattern of covering up abuse and retaliating against whistleblowers.

While Boston’s Cardinal Seán O’Malley and other U.S. bishops responded by reporting the accusations against Dolan and NAC officials to the Washington-based Apostolic Nuncio as early as May of 2020, it appears that the Vatican is covering up the bombshell allegations about to be exposed.

Gorgia is only one of hundreds of other seminarians retaliated against for not being complicit with misconduct permeating their seminaries. Until today, many of these seminarians left quietly without ever revealing what they suffered. Gorgia and his attorneys become among the first to hold accountable Church leaders who have victimized seminarians through a landmark case-in-the-making.

As scandalous revelations surround America’s Vatican-based seminary and the New York Archdiocese, many closeted bishops and priests about to be named may be outed, with graphic descriptions of gay clerical sex contained in the evidence that has been compared by some to the shocking details of abuse of minors found in the 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report.

While Spotlight achieved colossal results by exposing clerical abuse of minors, experts are confident that the lawsuit filed today marks the beginning of “Spotlight-II,” with scores of victimized seminarians and priests about to come forward with overwhelming accounts that will shatter the long-standing “culture of silence.”

Please direct all media inquiries to Raymond W. Belair, Esq., Belair & Associates, P.C. via telephone, 212- 344-3900, or via email, [email protected]

Anyone wishing to assist Gorgia in applying protections to vulnerable seminarians is invited to contribute to the Save Our Seminarians Fund at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-our-seminarians-fund


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  • Nac Investigation
    commented 2021-02-19 11:35:57 -0600
    As we know, while Theodore McCarrick sexually abused minors, he abused even more seminarians and young priests. Many of these vulnerable adult victims today wrestle with a number of the same problems as victims of abuse as minors. Church leaders know about these adult victims and have done nothing just like they knew about"Uncle Ted" for years and did nothing. If Gorgia wins this case it can enable hundreds of other unjustly treated former seminarians to come forward. Just as a parent often suffers more when his/her son/daughter is sick, so too have the parents of these discarded seminarians suffered tremendously – often moving them not only to leave the Catholic Church – but to hate it. Any former seminarian who was unjustly separated from formation is enouraged to write [email protected] Communications will be considered confidential unless the writer grants permission to have his name and story revealed.
  • Anthony Dawe
    commented 2021-02-18 11:24:40 -0600
    God bless this arduous work. Amen .
  • Alexandra White
    published this page in Media Statements 2021-02-16 14:39:41 -0600

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