Bucks County Priest Removed from All Duties
By Robert Moran
August 29, 2006
An archdiocesan review board has determined that there is sufficient evidence to substantiate a sexual-abuse allegation against the Rev. James J. Brennan, and the priest has been removed from all duties, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced yesterday.
In January, Brennan was relieved of his assignment as parochial vicar of Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Feasterville, Bucks County, when the archdiocese received an allegation of sexual abuse that occurred eight years ago.
The allegation was reported to authorities, and Brennan, who was ordained in 1989, was partially stripped of his duties. Cardinal Justin Rigali has now referred the case to the Holy See.
An announcement regarding Brennan's status was made to parishioners in Feasterville this weekend, and counselors were available after Masses. The Victim Assistance Program for the Archdiocese can be reached at 1-888-800-8780.
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