Monsignor Vaughan Removed From Ministry Over Sexual Abuse Allegation

Rev Gregory Vaughan. 2018 photo via Trenton Monitor

Rev. Msgr. Gregory D. Vaughan, the pastor of St. Catherine Parish in Holmdel since 2013, has been removed from ministry by Bishop David M. O’Connell, according to a statement by the Diocese of Trenton that was first reported by TapIntoHolmdel&ColtsNeck.

Vaughan, 72, a priest since 1972,  was “credibly accused” on March 17, 2019 of sexually abusing a minor while he was an assistant pastor at St Ann Parish in Keansburg in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.  Vaughan has denied the allegation which has been referred to the Monmouth County Prosecutor.  The Prosecutor has not announced any charges against the cleric.

Vaughan has served  exclusively in the Diocese of Trenton, with assignments at St. Ann, Keansburg; St. Charles Borromeo, Cinnaminson; St. Mary, Middletown; St. Raphael, Hamilton, and Church of St. Catharine, Holmdel.  Additionally, Msgr. Vaughan formerly served the Diocese as vicar for Catholic education; chancellor; vicar general; moderator of the curia, and director of vocations.

The diocese asked the faithful to pray for all impacted by this allegation and all victims of child abuse of any kind.

The Diocese encourages anyone who has been sexually abused as a minor by a representative of the Church to report the abuse to the appropriate law enforcement agency, and to the Diocese through its abuse hotline: 1-888-296-2965 or via email at [email protected].


Posted: March 31st, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments »

17 Comments on “Monsignor Vaughan Removed From Ministry Over Sexual Abuse Allegation”

  1. Bob English said at 6:55 am on March 31st, 2019:

    First reactions (in no particular order)…shock, hope its not true but if it was….thoughts with the victim.

  2. It's better said at 10:18 am on March 31st, 2019:

    to just ignore this and focus anger in other directions.

  3. Hmmm.... said at 11:18 am on March 31st, 2019:

    Of course this should be investigated vigorously BUT, you have to wonder why one person waited 40 years to bring this out, coincidentally after a law firm has set up a website, tv ads and 800 number with the promise Of significant financial compensation. We can only hope for the prosecutor to get to the bottom of it

  4. Hey Bob English said at 5:57 pm on March 31st, 2019:

    Were your thoughts with the ” victim” in the Kavanaugh case, or the Covington boys, or Smollett, or Trump?, All accusers turned out to be total BS. Let’s see if this really turns out to be legitimate before you start feeling sorry for a victim who waited 40 years to come forward – and only after cash awards became available

  5. Bob English said at 9:40 pm on March 31st, 2019:

    For anyone that does not understand why childhood victims of sexual abuse often do not tell their stories for decades I would note that there are numerous articles online that you can read in order to educate yourself.

  6. I think said at 9:47 pm on March 31st, 2019:

    it’s pretty safe to assume the few other people that post here do not understand nor will they read numerous online articles about it.

  7. K2 said at 10:09 pm on March 31st, 2019:

    Hey people, I know this amazing man. I was an alter boy for years and he was a mentor, a priest, and an absolute phenomenal human being! Ridiculous bullshit accusations from the 70’s and 80’s, really greedy motherfuckers looking for a payday 🙈🤦🏻‍♂️🖕

  8. @I think said at 7:30 am on April 1st, 2019:

    Typical snide, superior comment from one of the liberal trolls who frequent this site. You see liberals think they are smarter than everyone, because they read some one-sided, psychobabble article that justifies some liberal position. Well you may want to read some of those online articles about people who have made bogus claims in search of a big payoff.

  9. So said at 11:21 am on April 1st, 2019:

    this is automatically bullshit because the alleged perpetrator is a man of the cloth and thus alligned with your political beliefs? Makes complete sense, I’m sure the other two lap dogs on here will genuflect accordingly.

  10. AB said at 12:32 pm on April 1st, 2019:

    If you heard that he showed up at a prom house for the weekend in the 80’s would you think that was normal? Well, he did. He was always coming to teen parties and hanging out. Sure as a teenager you thought he was a “cool” priest but as an adult, you realize that wasn’t right. He was at many of the Passion Play parties where things were going on that a priest should have been reprimanding kids not turning a blind eye.

  11. C said at 5:30 pm on April 1st, 2019:

    I am in disbelief! This man has been a mentor to me and so many of my friends. He is referred to lovingly as Padre. Yes he was the “cool” priest. He showed up to things in the 80’s but maybe you’re not seeing the real picture. He kept watch over us. He guided so many of us in the right direction by being a friend as well as a disciplinarian. He changed so many lives for the positive. I know many of us who feel the same. I pray for all involved. I hope the truth will shine through.

  12. DNH said at 3:30 pm on April 2nd, 2019:

    The allegations against this good man are patently false. Lawyers are advertising for people to come forth with these allegations so that they can be monetarily compensated. (Of course, the lawyers will get a large chunk of what the false accusers will get.) The Bishops are inviting others to come forward to make allegations too – some Bishops are even stating that there is a fund available to pay these accusers. The allegations are outside of the Statute of Limitations, so criminal investigations do not occur. The Diocese quietly settles these cases with cash settlements, and no proof of injury is ever required or given. A man who has given his life to the priesthood and to serving God’s people has his life, his career and even the roof over his head taken from him, not to mention his emotional and spiritual well being. His name is plastered all over every website and newspaper. The person making the allegations is entitled to his or her “privacy”, and so the details of the allegation and the accuser’s name are held in confidence. Not so the true victim – the one about whom false witness and allegations have been made. And exactly what does constitute a “credible allegation”? Who makes the decision that an allegation is credible? If an accuser is coached in the correct way to present their allegation and to respond to questions about their allegation, they can easily come off as having a “credible” allegation. The attorney and the person making the allegation stand to gain monetarily. In the meantime, the people of God and their priests are the losers. Society as a whole is also a loser. Very sad indeed.

  13. How do said at 4:57 pm on April 2nd, 2019:

    you know the allegations are patently false? It sounds like the Diocese determined this was a “credible” accusation. I assume you will not be donating to either the Diocese or your local parish any longer as they are complicit in these men getting tried in the court of public opinion without due process.

  14. Hey Bob English said at 12:55 pm on April 6th, 2019:

    Nice try, trying to run as a Republican in the Eatontown Primary. You don’t stand for anything that Republicans do and have been a strident – anti Republican Democrat in your posts. Remember, the internet and social media betrays you.

    Just like that post on Facebook about your replacement sign for Democrat Welle.

  15. Sure said at 2:38 pm on April 6th, 2019:

    unless someone else is posting as Bob English. Remember, this is the glorious land of milk, honey, and anonymity.

  16. @ Sure said at 8:27 pm on April 6th, 2019:

    You complaining about anonymity? Interesting since you, yourself posted anonymously 🙂

  17. Where said at 10:00 pm on April 6th, 2019:

    did I complain about anonymity? Just pointing out anyone can post as anyone else on here, is that incorrect?