January 21, 2016
The Archdiocese of New York has received allegations of abuse of minors against Father Richard Gorman, the director of prison chaplains for the archdiocese. The alleged abuse would have occurred 30 years ago. As usual, the archdiocese immediately reported the allegations to law enforcement officials for investigation, who have deemed the allegations to be credible, although they have not yet been substantiated. In keeping with the policy and practice of the archdiocese, and in conformity with the promises the bishops of the United States made in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, Father Gorman is not permitted to publicly function as a priest until the matter is resolved. The archdiocese will follow its policy for dealing with priests who have been accused of abuse, including having the entire matter reviewed by professionals and our lay review board.
Anyone with information or concerns about Father Gorman should contact the Westchester District Attorney. You may also contact the Victims Assistance Coordinators for the archdiocese, Sister Eileen Clifford or Deacon George Coppola at 917-861-1762 or