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.