A new lawsuit, filed earlier this month by a former seminarian in the Archdiocese of New York, alleges homosexual predation at the North American College — known colloquially as the “NAC” (pronounced “nack”) — in Rome. The suit also accuses Cardinal Dolan of having “ignored complaints” concerning said predation, “and to have ‘covered up’ for such predation”.
Here’s Catholic News Agency (CNA) on the story:
The North American College (NAC), its Rector Fr. Peter Harman, Vice Rector Fr. Adam Park, and faculty member Fr. John McDonald were named as defendants in a Feb. 3 lawsuit filed in Richmond County, New York, by Anthony J. Gorgia.
Gorgia, a former seminarian for the Archdiocese of New York, began studies at the NAC in the summer of 2017. In the 58-page lawsuit, he claims to have witnessed and disapproved of Park initiating inappropriate physical contact with another seminarian.
According to the lawsuit, Gorgia left the NAC for a period during the first semester of his second year of formation to undergo an operation in his home diocese.
Gorgia accuses Harman, Park, and McDonald of creating “false accusations” about him to prevent his return to the seminary in 2018. Gorgia claims this was done because of his heterosexual orientation and the defendants’ desire “to protect themselves from exposure of their predatory homosexuality at the NAC.”
The lawsuit states that Gorgia submitted a letter of resignation as a seminarian of the archdiocese of New York in January 2019, “under duress.”
Gorgia is seeking $125 million in damages in civil court on 12 causes of action, including defamation, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, emotional distress, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and interference with prospective economic advantage.
His lawsuit also warns of ongoing homosexual conduct by priests and at least one unnamed bishop affiliated with the college.
According to CNA,
The Archdiocese of New York and its archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan were also named in the suit, along with 25 persons “whose identities are not yet known.”
The suit accuses Cardinal Dolan of being complicit in the “nefarious plan” of Park, Harman, and McDonald, by accepting Harman’s directive that Gorgia leave the NAC and fulfill a parish assignment before determining if he could return to the NAC or to the archdiocesan seminary.
Spokespersons at both the NAC and the Archdiocese of New York have denied the charges and indicate that they plan to fight the lawsuit. In a statement, the NAC alleges that Gorgia “never made any allegation of misconduct to NAC leadership during his time as a seminarian.”