New lawsuit names Bevilacqua, Rigali and others

    Update: The suit filed today names former priest Robert Brennan, who is named in a 2005 grand jury report that alleges “suspicious behavior” with more than 20 students from four parishes.

    The Associated Press reports Brennan’s 32-year-old accuser has been hospitalized and has attempted suicide since his abuse at age 13.

    WHYY’s Elizabeth Fiedler will have the full report later.

    Original report: Attorneys today will announce another lawsuit against Cardinals Anthony Bevilacqua and Justin Rigali, Msgr. William Lynn and Father Robert Brennan of Resurrection of Our Lord parish.

    The suit is filed on behalf of a man now living in Phoenix who says he was sexually abused by Brennan while at the Rhawnhurst parish between 1993 and 1994.


    A statement from lawyers Marci Hamilton, Dan Monahan and Jeff Anderson says the actions of Bevilacqua “figure large in allowing abuse” at the Northeast school.

    A press conference is set for 1 p.m.

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