February 24, 2005

Activist Wants Priest's Whereabouts Revealed


POSTED: 6:42 am EST February 21, 2005
UPDATED: 6:54 am EST February 21, 2005

ARLINGTON, Va. -- An activist in Loudoun County, Va., is calling on the archdiocese of Arlington to reveal the location of a priest facing child pornography charges.

Mark Serrano of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests wears the reason why he was outside the St. Johns the Apostle Catholic Church. Around his neck is a picture of himself the year he was abused by his priest. He now wants more answers for the parishioners of St. John the Apostle. Their former minister is facing charges for obtaining child pornography..

Serrano told News4, "Bishop (Paul) Loverde is telling us a half story. Father (Robert) Brooks was taken out of the ministry in the dark of the night and people didn't know why. Well now we know why so now the unanswered questions should be addressed and I want to encourage parishioners to do that, for instance, where is Father Brooks now."

Sunday, parishioners at St. John the Apostle were read a letter explaining why Father Brooks was removed from his post.

"Father Brooks is not serving in ministry. He has been forbidden to present himself as a Catholic priest. He is being monitored that he does not have access to children until these charges have been resolved." Said archdiocese spokesman Father Terry Specht.

Posted by kshaw at February 24, 2005 09:37 AM