Fr. Francis Brennan – Diocese of Scranton

Fr. Francis Brennan – Diocese of Scranton

Ordained: 1954

Died: 1974

Assigned as follows:

  • 1954-1965        St. Therese (Shavertown, PA)
  • 1957-1965        Vicar Econome, Diocese of Scranton
  • 1965-1970        Marian Convent (Marywood, PA)
  • 1970-1974        St. Maria Goretti (Laflin, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Fr. Francis Brennan:

According to media reports, the Diocese of Scranton received two reports – including one made to then-Bishop Jerome Hannan personally – that Fr. Francis Brennan molested a 12 year old altar boy at St. Therese parish.  The boys’ parents received assurances from Bishop Hannan that he would “take care of it,” which they understood to mean Brennan’s removal and surrender to police, but nothing was done. Brennan remained at St. Therese for several more years before being moved to a new parish.  The boy, who grew to be a man, sued the Diocese of Scranton in 2005. The Diocese moved to dismiss the lawsuit on the grounds that it was filed too late (so that it was barred by the statute of limitations). A judge agreed, and the Diocese celebrated the victory in the media.

In 2010, a second man came forward and reported that he was molested in approximately 1960 as a 15 or 16 year old boy.  He reported that Brennan took him to a drive-in movie and touched him inappropriately in the car.

Brennan died in 1974 as a priest in good standing (and still in active ministry).

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