Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 27, 2013 / 09:26 am
The Philadelphia archdiocese drew praise for its swift reporting of an inactive priest to authorities after a young man said that he had been abused during his time as an altar boy between 1998 and 2001.
"A serial predator is now behind bars, thanks to the brave actions of this young man," Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams announced at a Sept. 26 press conference.
"It takes tremendous courage for any sexual assault victim, especially young boys, to come forward and report the horrors they endured, particularly if it happened over the course of several years."
"The archdiocese is also to be commended for immediately reporting this case to our office," he added.
Father Robert L. Brennan, who is currently undergoing the canonical process of laicization and was removed from ministry in 2005, has been charged with several sexual offenses against a boy who served at Resurrection of Our Lord Parish in northeast Philadelphia.