Whilst the Royal Commission explored some of the Catholic Church’s most prolific paedophiles, it only touched the surface when it came to Father Tom Brennan.

In Report of Case Study No. 43, published by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, it is noted that a mother of a student at St Pius X, Adamstown approached the then Principal of the School, Father Tom Brennan, to report sexual abuse her son had been experiencing at the hands of Brother Patrick. In response Father Brennan allegedly put both hands up in a defensive manner and said words to the effect that there was nothing he could do.

In 2012, Father Tom Brennan was charged with concealing child sexual abuse and sexually abusing children himself.

Many victims have since come forward alleging details of horrific sexual and physical abuse for the purposes of sexual gratification administered at the hands of Father Tom Brennan while he was serving at one of the following institutions:

  • Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
  • Corpus Christi Parish Waratah, Newcastle
  • St Joseph’s Parish, Toronto NSW
  • St Pius X High School, Adamstown

We are currently working with our clients on claims they have in relation to Father Tom Brennan.

If you would like to discuss a claim or have been a witness to these matters, please contact Ms Sarah Hayman at sarah.hayman@chamberlains.com.au from Chamberlains Law firm to see how we can help.