JAMES BRENNAN, the former Catholic priest accused of attempting to rape a 14-year-old boy, appeared downbeat but determined Monday to prove his innocence after learning that the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office plans to retry him.
"I feel badly about it because, personally, I don't think it's necessary, but it's the commonwealth's decision to do what they do," Brennan, 49, said outside the Criminal Justice Center. "All I can do is respond to it."
Brennan said his greatest concern was for his family and his attorney, William Brennan, because, he said, "they shouldn't have to go through this again."
Attorney Brennan, who is not related to his client, said: "There's been a lot of talk about justice for the victim, and I believe in that. But Father Brennan's case is unique. He has one lone accuser with a long criminal past. What about justice for Father Brennan? Enough is enough. They had their shot at him."