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Fr. Peadar “Peter” Brennan – Diocese of San Bernardino

Father Peadar “Peter” Brennan

Diocese of San Bernardino

Ordained: 1961

Removed: 1995

Assigned as follows:

  • 1961-1964      St. John of the Cross (Lemon Grove, CA)
  • 1964-1967      St. Francis de Sales (Riverside, CA)
  • 1967-1969      Sacred Heart (San Diego, CA)
  • 1970-1972      Our Lady of Grace (El Cajon, CA)
  • 1972-1974      St. Thomas Indian Mission –  (Fort Yuma, CA) 
  • 1972-1974      St. Mary’s (Winterhaven, CA)
  • 1974-1982      St. Anthony (Upland, CA)
  • 1983-1988      St. Francis of Assisi (La Quinta, CA)
  • 1988-1989      St. Michael’s (Poway, CA)
  • 1989-1991      Absent On Leave
  • 1992-1995      Holy Innocents Church (Victorville, CA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Peadar “Peter” Brennan:

According to media reports, documents from the SanDiego settlement contain no evidence that Father Peadar “Peter” Brennan was accused of sexually abusing minors. He was accused of fathering two children, while he was the founding pastor at St. Francis of Assisi parish in La Quinta in the 1980s. Despite letters written by the woman’s husband to Pope John Paul II, Bishop Straling kept him at the parish. He was only removed when the second baby was due and the mother threatened to sue. Upon the birth of his second child, he was moved to the Diocese of San Diego. Shortly after, while a settlement was negotiated, he was sent to Albuquerque Villa, an institution run by the Servants of the Paraclete, known for treating priests accused of child sexual abuse. 

Father Brennan was then transferred to the Archdiocese of San Francisco where he became the founding pastor of Holy Innocents. He resigned in 1995, when a whistleblower reported to Auxiliary Bishop Barnes and Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan, the Vatican’s Apostolic Pro-Nuncio in the United States, that Father Brennan had fathered a third child. Bishop Barnes removed Father Brennan, announcing that he would seek laicization in order to marry. The files, however, do not show that he was ever laicized. He began receiving retirement benefits in 2003. 

In October 2010, as part of a settlement with survivors of child sexual abuse, the Diocese of San Diego released Father Brennan’s personnel file. His current whereabouts are unknown.

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