A Philadelphia priest, previously accused of sexually abusing 20 boys, is now criminally charged with allegedly sexually assaulting an altar boy over a three-year period.
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced the arrest Thursday morning of Rev. Robert L. Brennan.
“A serial predator is now behind bars thanks to brave actions of this young man,” Williams said.
“The case of (Brennan) is another example of how the Monsignor William Lynn shielded predator priests from exposure and prosecution, which led to the victimization of countless Philadelphia children,” Williams said.
Brennan’s duties within the church were severely restricted after a 2005 grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Philadelphia church found that during Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua’s tenure that Brennan had sexually or inappropriately touched more than 20 boys; many from the schools or parishes where Brennan worked.
“Because of William Lynn and others in the archdiocese, Brennan, until today, escaped prosecution for his decades long sexual abuse of boys whom he encountered as a priest,” Williams said.
According to a grand jury report which revealed accusations of sexual wrongdoing against dozens of priests, the archdiocese reassigned Brennan from parish to parish without warning his supervisors, even after sending him for psychiatric treatment or counseling four times.
So, let’s see how serious the new Pope is, and how fast he throws this guy out of the clergy.