Archdiocese removes pastor from Ministry

BRAINTREE -- The Archdiocese of Boston announced April 9 that Father Peter Gori, OS, has been placed on administrative leave, effective immediately, as a result of receiving an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor alleged to have taken place 28 years ago in the early 1990's. Father Gori is Pastor of St. Augustine's, Andover, MA. He previously served in the Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Boston as a canon lawyer.

The archdiocese immediately informed law enforcement as well as forwarded the matter to his religious provincial, the Augustinian Order of St. Thomas of Villanova. The Augustinian Province will be responsible for investigating the case involving Father Gori.

In a statement, the archdiocese affirmed its commitment "to ensuring the safety and well-being of children and young people in our parishes and institutions."

"Through its Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach, the archdiocese continues to make counseling and other services available to survivors, their families and parishes impacted by clergy sexual abuse and by allegations of abuse by members of the clergy. Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley encourages any person in need of pastoral assistance or support to contact the archdiocese's Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach by calling 617-746-5985," the statement said.