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Church Militant has regularly been reporting on the case of New York seminarian Anthony Gorgia and his attempt to expose homosexual predation at the prestigious Pontifical North American College in Rome.
In tonight's In-Depth Report, Church Militant's Kristine Christlieb updates the record and brings us the latest in Gorgia's legal battles.
Anthony Gorgia, former seminarian, NAC: "Since I was 6 years old, my dream was to become a priest. I dedicated over 20 years of my life to serving the Church."
Victim advocate Gene Gomulka and Connecticut attorney Joseph Mulvey are helping Gorgia call out Catholic News Agency — tied to the bishops — for its deceptive and potentially unethical reporting on his case against the NAC.
In a letter to CNA editor-in-chief Shannon Mullen, attorney Mulvey alleges, "CNA falsely printed that 'lawyers for Gorgia and the plaintiffs were not immediately available for comment on Jan. 18 prior to publication,' even though, in truth, 'the plaintiff' was never contacted by CNA for such a comment."
CNA reported Gorgia's case was dismissed. While that is accurate as far as it goes, CNA failed to report the decision was under appeal.
Gene Thomas Gomulka, victim advocate: "'Oh, we tried to contact them, but we couldn't reach them for a contact.' That was all a lie."
If the news agency had contacted Gorgia or his attorney — as it claimed — it would have learned, and could have reported, they were appealing the judge's dismissal, which was on jurisdictional grounds.
Without CNA disclosing the reason for dismissal and the fact that it's being appealed, readers were misled, according to Mulvey.
Mulvey argued the omission "would cause any reasonable reader unfamiliar with the litigation to conclude that the lawsuit had been 'dismissed' owing to lack of evidence."
Attorney Joseph F. Mulvey: "The problem with omission is it's actually more devious, deceitful, than an actual lie. A blatant lie can be seen on its face."
Gorgia's experience at the North American College is yet another tragic example of a promising seminarian canceled for reporting homosexual behavior. It's tough to see what isn't presented to you, so it's more deceitful and damaging.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan could have called for an investigation but he instead refused to meet with model New York seminarian Gorgia.
Gorgia: "I requested on five occasions to meet with Cdl. Dolan — all of which he denied me. It became apparent that the cardinal neither wanted to see any of the documentation refuting the false statements against me nor to see any evidence of the alleged misconduct of Fr. Park."
While Gorgia's case continues its journey through New York state's civil courts, the lawsuit has had the effect of unseating the NAC's accused rector and vice rector.
This is a developing story. Next week, Church Militant will be supplying additional evidence of CNA's unethical coverage of the Gorgia case.