Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Former Priest Named in Lawsuit Alleging Cover-Up of Rape

A woman is suing the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for covering up the “mass sexual abuse” of a priest who she says later sexually abused her while she was studying at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2017.

The now-former priest, Kevin McGoldrick, has since sought voluntary laicization after being investigated and disciplined by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The complaint, which was filed April 18, also accuses him of assault and battery. He was working as a chaplain on the campus of Aquinas College at the time the alleged abuse occurred in 2017.

Ordained to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2003, McGoldrick served at several parishes and one high school in the Philadelphia area until 2013, when he left the archdiocese to work at Nashville’s Aquinas College, run by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia.

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