CT--Cleric won’t “ever be a priest again?” We doubt it.

For immediate release: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A prosecutor claims she’s been told that a Hartford priest will ‘never be a priest again.’ We doubt that’s true.


Earlier this week Fr. Paul A. Gotta was convicted in a plea bargain of second-degree breach of peace. Next month, he faces firearms charges. He’s accused of molesting a child.

Now is no time for complacency. We’ve seen far too many other priests – both credibly accused of crimes and proven guilty of crimes – who’ve been kept in or returned to parishes. (Remember: the Catholic church continues to experience a severe shortage of priests and seminarians. The pressure to keep them in the job, no matter how egregious their wrongdoing may be, is tremendous.)


We repeat what we said yesterday: Hartford Archbishop Leonard Blair should take Fr. Gotta’s passport so he can’t flee the country (as Fr. Augusto Cortez of the Rockville Centre diocese and dozens of other predator priests have done).



And we hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered Fr. Gotta’s crimes will call police, protect others and expose wrongdoers.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)


Former East Windsor priest’s plea deal may end his career

Posted: Friday, November 20, 2015 - By Alex Wood - Journal Inquirer 

Although the sexual-assault case against the former administrator of East Windsor’s two Roman Catholic parishes ended this week with his conviction only of a misdemeanor not involving sexual misconduct, the conviction should end his career as a priest, a prosecutor says.

The Rev. Paul A. Gotta, who formerly served at  . . . 

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  • Kathy Hearn
    commented 2017-03-28 06:48:07 -0500
    As a “Survivor” of Father Paul Gotta I’d like to post about this amazingly generous and kind priest who gave his all. He was fiscally reserved, gracefully handled the merging of two parishes that were at odds, preached from the heart with practical application in real life, and supported numerous suffering families – those experiencing loss of children and and loved ones and others like myself suffering through infidelity and divorce.
    In the case of this young man, father provided emotional support to a boy who lost his mother, grandfather and was about to lose his home before finishing school. Though the boy was struggling with authority at school, father lead with trust, provided employment to help him through, a listening ear and guidance. He was rewarded with sick lies from an entitled, ungrateful and emotionally unstable young man. My personal experience of this young man were disturbing, erratic, and violent in nature with a disrespect of life and authority that runs deep withinin his psyche. Years of counseling were ineffective to his grandfathers dismay.
    If this young man sees this article, I have no doubt he will lash out at me as well. It is awful that we live in fear to speak the truth In father’s name. The system did a grave disservice in not providing the help this young man needed and instead turned this into a Catholic priest scandal.
    Father did his best to help, and is now paying a high price for his charity and kindness.
    All the facts should be made public before slandering and condemning. Angry people possessed by deep hurts lose perspective. The hurt doesn’t get better destroying the innocent.
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