For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
We are disappointed and worried by the bail reduction for Fr. Robert L. Brennan.
Kids are safest when predators are jailed. And despite Fr. Brennan’s long ties to Philadelphia, we fear he may flee overseas if given a chance, knowing that he likely faces a long sentence if convicted.
Remember, Fr. Brennan is accused of molesting roughly 20 children. We believe he is still dangerous. And history, common sense and painful experience tells us that even when allegedly supervised, child predators – who are often shrewd and charismatic – find ways of getting access to and molesting other kids.
Moves like this bail reduction often discourage more victims, witnesses and whistleblowers from speaking up and reporting molesters.
Nevertheless, we hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes and cover ups – by Fr. Brennan or any church employee - will speak up, expose wrongdoers, protect kids and start healing.
It’s worth noting that while he may be suspended from active ministry, Fr. Brennan is still a priest and thus still being paid by the Philadelphia Archdiocese. It is inaccurate to call him “an ex-priest.”