Lawsuit against Archdiocese of Philadelphia alleging priest abuse is transferred to PA federal court

Pennsylvania Record

July 1, 2020

By Nicholas Malfitano

An Arizona man pursuing legal action against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of a priest when he was a boy growing up in Pennsylvania, has had his case transferred to a federal court here.

U.S. District Court Judge Freda L. Wolfson effectuated the transfer to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on June 22.

John Doe first filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey on Dec. 2, 2019 versus the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The plaintiff, now 52, and his siblings grew up attending Catholic schools in Bucks County, within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He met Brzyski in 1977, who then became a “fixture” in his family’s home, routinely celebrating Mass there with the plaintiff and family.

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