The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims to leaflet outside Catholic church
They seek others hurt by priest who fathered 3 kids
Cleric worked in at least 11 CA towns & retired in 2003
His misdeeds were hidden until records were released recently
After going to facility for predator priests, he was quietly re-assigned
Group keeps pushing for “full diocesan document disclosure” and “an end to secrecy”
WHAT: As Catholics leave/enter mass, clergy sex abuse victims will hand out fliers about a little-known, now-married priest. Recently-released church records show that he fathered at least three children with Catholic women. The leaflets will urge
-- anyone who saw, suspected or suffered his misdeeds to come forward and get help,
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 31, 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Outside Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2001 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., in Ocean Beach section of San Diego
WHO: Three clergy sex abuse victims who belong to a support group called Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
WHY: According to just-released Catholic church records involving 48 predatory priests, a former San Diego and San Bernardino priest impregnated at least two parishioners and fathered at least three children while working as an allegedly celibate cleric. He is Fr. Peadar (“Peter”) Brennan, who retired in 2003 and is believed to be married now (though his whereabouts are unknown.) SNAP will give out 10 pages of documents about Brennan.
The group believes it is inherently immoral and hurtful for supposedly celibate priests to exploit and manipulate Catholics for sex, regardless of their ages. SNAP hopes that others who may have seen, suspected or suffered misconduct by Brennan, or other priests, will come forward and get help.
Brennan fathered one child at a church in La Quinta in 1988 and another at a church in Victorville years later. At both parishes, Brennan was the pastor.
Documents show that a canon lawyer, Sr. Nancy Reynolds (812 535 3131) represented one woman who was exploited and impregnated by Brennan and that Brennan’s misdeeds had been reported to Rev. Msgr. Philip Behan (760 323 2669) who was then an official at the diocesan headquarters.
On Oct. 22, Judge William C. Pate ordered that San Diego Catholic diocesan records involving roughly 48 proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics be made public. In response, a Boston-based non-profit group posted the documents on its website: BishopAccountability.org.
The records are being revealed because of a Sept. 2007 settlement between the San Diego diocese and 144 local victims of predatory priests. As part of the deal, the victims insisted that the records be disgorged. And for the last three years, victims’ attorneys have been battling in court to get these files publicly released.
The victims’ attorneys estimate that this batch of records represents about 80% of the records they believe should be released. They believe that the other 20% may include some of the more significant documents.
Besides this parish, Brennan worked at another San Diego parish (St. Mary Magdalene, 1969),) and in the following California towns: Lemon Grove (St. John of the Cross, 1961-1964), Riverside (St. Francis de Sales, 1964-1967), El Cajon (Our Lady of Grace, 1969-1972), Fort Yuma (St. Thomas Indian Mission, 1972-1974), Upland (St. Anthony’s, 1974-1982), La Quinta (St. Francis of Assisi, 1982-1988), Big Bear (St. Joseph’s, 1989-?), Redwood City (St. Pius, 1991), and Victorville (Holy Innocents, 1991-1995). He was ordained in Dublin Ireland in 1961.
Brennan worked here at Sacred Heart in Ocean Beach from 1967-1969.
CONTACT: Paul Livingston, San Diego SNAP Leader 619 677 7133, David Clohessy 314 566 9790, [email protected] – SNAPnetwork.org
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests