WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-854-5255
WHEN BILL Johnson moved into a Dallas apartment complex in October 2012, a neighbor named James rolled out the welcome wagon. Sort of.
"Oh, great, another old queen moving in," James said as Johnson and his friends unloaded his belongings at Crescent View Apartments in the Texas city's Oak Lawn section.
Johnson, 54, an unemployed financial adviser, figured that James was just being nice, one gay man to another in the "gayborhood."
"I think he was trying to be friendly and joking," Johnson said. "He doesn't have a muffler on his mouth, as my mama used to say."
Johnson had no way to know it at the time, but the neighbor was James Brzyski, a defrocked priest described in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office's 2005 grand-jury report as one of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's "most brutal abusers."
“David Clohessy, national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said Brzyski is among a diaspora of unregistered sex offenders unleashed by the Roman Catholic Church since 2002. Few safeguards prevent the former priests from abusing again.”
“The reason these guys are walking free is because church officials shielded them. Were it not for the actions of the church hierarchy, many of these guys would be in jail,” Clohessy said. "I think that increases the moral and civic duty of bishops to say more than, ‘Well, he’s not in the diocese anymore.’ "
I agree, and I would add that living in the United States of America, these bishops should report these pedophile priests to the U.S. civil authorities IMMEDIATELY.