Philly Priest Acts Creepy in Dallas
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
A notorious and frightening now-defrocked Philly
predator priest has recently moved to – and apparently from – a
Dallas apartment complex where he repeatedly expressed sexual
interest in kids.
Philly Catholic officials recruited, educated,
ordained, hired, supervised, trained and repeatedly protected
Fr. James Brzyski for more than three decades, giving him access
to vulnerable kids and unsuspecting parents time and time again.
Then, when the heat got too intense, they cut him
loose. Now, this dangerous man moves around the country
continuing to act in scary ways around kids.
So what's Archbishop Charles Chaput – and the hundreds
of Philly area church employees - going to do?
They could split hairs, dodge responsibility and feign
Or they could show real courage, compassion and
That's the choice: do nothing or step up.
We hope they step up.
Specifically, we hope Philly bishops, priests, and lay
– turn over every shred of information about Brzyski
to police in each town where Brzyski has lived or worked
(Philadelphia, Dallas, West Hollywood, and Virginia Beach),
--post all this information on the diocesan websites
in those three states, and
– beg each bishops in each state where Brzyski has
lived to use pulpit announcements, church bulletins and diocesan
websites to seek out anyone who saw, suspected or suffered his
crimes or misdeeds.
They should not wait for subpoenas. Church officials
and members should be proactive and take the initiative now.
(Bishops always claim they “cooperate” with police and
prosecutors. In reality, that means they respond when
subpoenaed. Rarely, if ever, do they take the initiative and
promptly and voluntarily give ALL information they have about
proven, admitted or credibly accused child molesting clerics to
We strongly suspect that several current or former
Philly Catholic church employees or members have a good idea
where Brzyski may be now or may go next. (Remember: he spent
decades in the Philly area.) At some point, he may have told a
Philly parishioner “I wish I could see my relatives in Miami
more often” or “I once vacationed in Boulder and my allergies
didn't bother me at all up in the mountains” or “My best friend
from childhood likes in Milwaukee.”
It may seem far-fetched, but police often say that the
smallest detail or hunch sometimes cracks a case wide open.
So we beg everyone who is or has been a Philly
Catholic church-goer or staffer – think hard, find courage, and
call police with even the slightest clue you may have. (Or send
it to groups like SNAP and BishopAccountability.org)
And insist that your archbishop – who is quick to
vigorously speak out about other issues – speak out and reach
out now, to alert parents and parishioners in Texas, Virginia
and California, and any other place where this dangerous man has
lived or visited over the past decade.
This is an increasingly common and troubling pattern –
hundreds of suspended or defrocked child molesting clerics going
or being sent to far away places where no one knows of their
crimes. Just yesterday, we disclosed the death of a priest (Fr.
Richard Mataconis) who molested in New York and was later sent
to Rome where he worked for years.
Whether it's Fr. James Beine (St. Louis to Las Vegas),
Fr. Harry Walsh (Detroit to St. Paul),
Brother Damien Chong (Los Angeles to Chicago to
Boston), Brother Gerald Chumick (Newfoundland to Santa
Barbara), Fr. Carmin Sita (Newark to Jefferson City), Fr. Thomas
Teczar (Worcester to Dallas to Amarillo), Fr. Carroll Howlin
(Joliet to Lexington) or Fr. Thomas Cronin (Kansas City to
Reno), this is a growing public safety crisis.
The same is true of bishops who send or let child
molesting clerics go abroad. It's happening more and more.
Bishops basically have their cake and eat it too: they
enjoy the financial benefits a priest brings to their diocese,
but when he's caught molesting kids bishops think only of
themselves. Instead of working towards criminal prosecution or
housing and supervising the predator priests, bishops do the
bare minimum and sit passively back while the offenders
resurface elsewhere living or working around kids.
Bishops are powerful, not powerless. They should use
their power to protect kids – from predators who are working,
retired, suspended or even defrocked.
Finally, we beg every person in Philly who was hurt by
Bryzski to overcome their fears and shame. Now more than ever,
it's crucial that you call police.
And we applaud Brzyski's neighbors who talked among
themselves about his suspicious behavior, told him he was
inappropriate, “googled” him, and spoke with a reporter about
him. We hope they will contact law enforcement and share every
bit of knowledge they may have about Brzyski, especially if any
of them have any hints whatsoever about where Brzyski may be
now. We also hope they'll talk with every child who was near
Brzyski, and gently ask if he hurt any of them in any way. In
cases like this, we are confident that if every adult acts
responsibly and aggressively, predators like Brzyski can be
prosecuted, convicted and kept away from kids.