Bp. Austin Bernard Vaughan – Archdiocese of New York

| Jul 27, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Bishop Austin Bernard Vaughan 

Archdiocese of New York

Ordained: 1951

Died: 2000

Assigned as follows:

  • Corpus Christi (Manhattan, NY)
  • St. Patrick’s (Newburgh, NY)
  • Queen of Peace Staten Island 
  • St. John the Evangelist (Manhattan, NY)
  • Cathedral Preparatory School (Queens, NY)
  • St. Joseph’s Seminary (Yonkers, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Bishop Austin Bernard Vaughan:

Bp. Austin Bernard Vaughan was ordained in 1951. He was named a monsignor in 1964 and became rector of the seminary in 1973. He was appointed Auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New York in 1977, and vicar of Orange County in 1979. A well-known figure in the pro-life movement, he was the first American bishop to be arrested for blocking abortion clinic entrances.

According to media reports, in November 2019, he was named in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act alleging that he, along with Fr. Donald Whelan, sexually abused a minor boy from 1974 through 1984, while they were assigned to St. Patrick’s in Newburgh, New York. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims or the nature of the alleged sexual abuse is unknown.

Vaughan served as bishop until his death in 2000.

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