Father  Robert L. Brennan – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father  Robert L. Brennan

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Ordained: 1964

Leave of Absence: 1992-1993 & 2005

Laicized: 2017

Suits filed: 2005 & 2013

Settled: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • 1964-1970 St. Pius X (Broomall, PA)
  • 1968-1970 CYO Regional (Region 13 – Mid Delaware County)
  • 1970-1974 Our Lady of Calvary (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1974-1975 Stella Maris (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1975-1976 The Eucharist Congress (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1975-1981 Stella Maris (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1977-1985 Conference of Christian Doctrine (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1981-1986 St. George (Glenolden, PA)
  • 1986 Archbishop Prendergast High School (Drexel Hill, PA)
  • 1986-1988 St. Helena (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1988-1989 St. Ignatius (Yardley, PA)
  • 1989 St. Eleanor (Collegeville, PA)
  • 1989-1992 St. Mary (Schwenksville, PA)
  • 1992-1993 Leave of Absence
  • 1992-1993 Saint John Vianney Center (Downingtown, PA)
  • 1993-2004 Resurrection of Our Lord (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2004-2005 Camilla Hall (Immaculata, PA)

Summary of Allegations Against Father Robert L. Brennan:

According to the 2005 Grand Jury Report, several complaints against Father Robert Brennan were made about inappropriate or suspicious behavior with more than 20 boys dating to 1988. However, Father Brennan remained active as chaplain at a nursing home for nuns until 2005 when the Grand Jury Report was released and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia removed him from ministry.

Father Robert L. Brennan, ordained in 1964, was made a pastor by Archbishop Bevilacqua in 1988. Since that time, the Archdiocese has learned of inappropriate or suspicious behavior by Father Brennan with more than 20 boys from four different parishes. He was psychologically evaluated or “treated” four times. Depending on the level of scandal threatened by various incidents, Cardinal Bevilacqua either transferred Father Brennan to another parish with unsuspecting families or ignored the reports and left the priest in the parish with his current victims.

Father Brennan remained an assistant pastor with full and unsupervised access to
children for more than 10 years despite continuing complaints of inappropriate touching of boys. When Cardinal Bevilacqua retired, Father Brennan was still a parochial vicar at Resurrection parish in Philadelphia, despite reports from parish staff that he had inappropriate contact with several students from Resurrection’s grade school. In June 2004, Father Brennan was appointed Chaplain at Camilla Hall, a retirement home for nuns.

Additional complaints of his abuse from the 1960s were substantiated and he was placed on permanent leave in 2007. According to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Father Brennan was arrested in 2013 after a new report of abuse was filed. It alleges that Father Brennan abused a boy for 4 years in late ’90s beginning when the boy was age 11. However, the charges dropped when the alleged victim died at age 26 of a drug overdose. The family then filed a civil suit in 2013 and settled in 2018.

Brennan was laicized (removed from the priesthood by the Vatican) in 2017.  He is alive and believed to be residing in the Essington, Pennsylvania, area.  He is 80 years old.

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