PA - SNAP applauds decision to re-try Fr. James Brennan
We are grateful to the Philadelphia District Attorney's office for moving ahead with this retrial and not letting Fr. James Brennan to escape justice. It is very rare that victims of clergy sex abuse are able to see their abuser tried in a criminal trial, so we are very glad that Mr. Williams is still seeking justice for his victims.
We consider Brennan a dangerous man. Obviously, Philly Catholic officials do too, or they'd put him back in a parish.
He's well educated, well spoken and charming - traits that predators use to get close to kids. He's still a priest. And he's likely telling many that the first trial "exonerated" him, which of course isn't true. But as long as he walks free, kids near him are at risk.
Now, more than ever, others who may have seen, suspected, or suffered crimes at the hands of Fr. Brennan must come forward and help ensure that there is not another hung jury.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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