Authorities confirm death of infamous Philly priest Brzyski

Philadelphia Inquirer

September 15, 2017

By Robert Moran

[Note: See the grand jury report referenced in the article, and its sections on Brzyski: case study, pattern study, a 1984 letter to Cardinal Krol about Brzyski, summaries of abuse, and an assignment history. See also’s database entry about Fr. James J. Brzyski.]

A Texas medical examiner on Friday officially confirmed the identity of James J. Brzyski, the defrocked Archdiocese of Philadelphia priest and suspected child sexual predator found dead Wednesday in a Fort Worth motel room.

The body of Brzyski, 66, was found dead in a Super 7 motel room surrounded by pills and bottles of vodka. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office said the cause and manner of his death were pending the results of a toxicology report.

A 2005 grand jury report released by Philadelphia prosecutors said he may have molested or raped more than 100 children. But the allegations were too old for Brzyski — or any of the other archdiocesan priests named as abusers in the report — to be prosecuted in criminal or civil courts.

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