Friday, January 1, 2010

Deacon John Brennan gets Vote of No Confidence

Deacon John Brennan, former Deputy Chief of Police for the City of Portland, Maine, chose not to notify the Falmouth Police Department nor assist in warning neighbors when an admitted priest child molester moved into town.

Deacon Brennan works for Bishop Richard Malone as the diocese investigator. In this capacity, he is responsible for the investigation of child sex abuse claims brought against a priest or other employee of the Church.

Deacon Brennan is privy to information about clergy child sex abuse cases in Maine.

By virtue of his ordination, Deacon Brennan takes a vow of obedience to his bishop. Secrecy, though, doesn't protect innocent children from sex offenders.

It was for this reason that we initially objected to Brennan's appointment by former Bishop Joseph Gerry. We worried that Brennan would not be able to act objectively and independently.

Now, our worst fears have come true.

Brennan's failure to step forward and warn the Falmouth community that Father John Audibert, an admitted child molester, lives in a Falmouth neighborhood, has caused us to lose all faith, trust and confidence in Deacon Brennan's ability to seek truth and justice.

When a law enforcement official won't tell you that a child molester lives next door, something is very, very wrong.

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