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Father Thomas J. Brunner

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Vatican removes Brunner from priesthood - - The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register
www.oweb.com, 30 Mar 2006 [cached]
Vatican removes Brunner from priesthood
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Vatican has removed from the priesthood a man accused of sexually abusing girls at a Catholic high school where he was chaplain.
Thomas Brunner, who resigned in 2003 as pastor of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Troy, is permanently stripped of all clerical functions and privileges, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati said Wednesday.Brunner had been on administrative leave, barred from functioning as a priest, because of the abuse accusations stemming from his time at Mount Notre Dame High in the late 1970s and 1980s.
Pope Benedict XVI approved Brunner's petition for what the church calls "laicization."Brunner signed documents requesting the action, the archdiocese said.When the action is imposed, it's called defrocking.
Brunner has an unpublished phone number and couldn't be reached for comment.
He is the second priest to be laicized this year in the Cincinnati archdiocese, and a third priest was defrocked last year.
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www.freerepublic.com, 13 June 2005 [cached]
Thomas Brunner, who resigned in 2003 as pastor of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Troy, is permanently stripped of all clerical functions and privileges, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati said Wednesday.Brunner had been on administrative leave, barred from functioning as a priest, because of the abuse accusations stemming from his time at Mount Notre Dame High in the late 1970s and 1980s.Pope Benedict XVI approved Brunner's petition for what the church calls "laicization."Brunner signed documents ...
Former Priest Laicized; Accused Of Abuse At Mt. Notre Dame
www.wcpo.com [cached]
Thomas Brunner
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Thomas Brunner has been permanently stripped of all clerical functions and privileges, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati reported Wednesday.
Brunner requested to be laicized by signing documents sent to the Vatican.When the laicization is imposed, it's refered to as "defrocking," the archdiocese said.
On leave since 2003
In September 2003, Brunner was removed as pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Troy because of a new church law that stated a priest who has offended a child may not continue in ministry.
Since then, he's been on administrative leave from the archdiocese and has not been permitted to function as a priest.
Accusations at Mt. Notre Dame
Brunner was chaplain at Mt. Notre Dame High School in Reading.In 1985, the school's principal reported to the archdiocese that students accused Brunner of abusing them.
He did not deny the allegations.Brunner then received counseling.
In 1989, a young woman reported to the archdiocese that Brunner abused her in the 1970s.
He received a psychological evaluation which stated he would be able to function in his role as a pastor, the archdiocese said.
Lawsuit filed in 2003
In November 2003, two former Mt. Dame High School students filed a lawsuit against the archdiocese and Brunner in Hamilton County, accusing him of molesting them when they were high school students.
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Brunner was ordained to the priesthood in 1974.While on the faculty of Mt. Notre Dame High School, he served as associate pastor of Sts.Peter and Paul Parish, Reading (1974); resident associate at St. John the Evangelist, Deer Park (1978); and associate pastor at Good Shepherd, Montgomery (1983).
After leaving Mt. Notre Dame he became full-time associate pastor at Good Shepherd, Montgomery, in 1985, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Anderson Township in 1988, and pastor of St. Patrick in Troy, 1995.
Only the Vatican can laicize a Catholic priest.Several other cases involving Catholic priests from the Cincinnati archdiocese are awaiting decisions by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.When laicization is imposed, rather than requested, it is sometimes called "defrocking."In Brunner's case, he requested the laicization by signing the documents sent to Rome.
Archbishop Pilarczyk again wishes to apologize to those harmed by Brunner.He urges anyone who was abused as a child by a priest or any other representative of the Archdiocese, or knows someone who was, to report the abuse immediately to the secular legal authorities and to the Archdiocese's Victim Assistance Coordinator, Sister Mary Garke, at (513) 421-3131 or 1 (800) 686-2724.
TROY PRIEST RESIGNS AS PASTOR
www.catholiccincinnati.org, 18 Sept 2003 [cached]
The principal of Mount Notre Dame High School, where Brunner was chaplain, reported to the Archdiocese in 1985 that two students made accusations against Brunner which he did not deny. He left the school and received counseling. In 1989, a young woman reported to the Archdiocese that Brunner had abused her in the 1970s. He received a psychological evaluation which stated that he would be able to function in his role as a pastor.
With the Archdiocese’s adoption in 1993 of what is now called the Decree on Child Protection, Brunner received other psychological evaluations. The decision was made that he could remain in ministry under 11 restrictions and requirements of the Decree, including ongoing therapy, an agreement never to be alone with children, and others on the parish staff knowing of his history.
Under new church law for the United States, however, no priest who has offended against a child even once may remain in ministry. If the cleric does not himself ask the Vatican to return him to lay state, the diocese can begin a canonical (church law) process that ultimately would involve a church trial. The Archdiocese’s Child Protection Review Board is set to review all cases of accused priests at one or more meetings this fall and make recommendations to the Archbishop.
Thomas J. Brunner was ordained to the priesthood in 1974. While on the faculty of Mt. Notre Dame High School, he served as associate pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Reading (1974); resident associate at St. John the Evangelist, Deer Park (1978); and associate pastor at Good Shepherd, Montgomery (1983).
DDN | Plea bargain likely in church sex abuse case
www.daytondailynews.com, 20 Nov 2003 [cached]
Also on Wednesday, Kircher filed three more civil lawsuits against the archdiocese, alleging they covered up child sexual abuse by priests Lawrence Strittmatter, David Kelley and Thomas Brunner.
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Two women alleged in a lawsuit they were abused as schoolgirls by Brunner, then a teacher at Mount Notre Dame High School in Cincinnati.Brunner, now 55, resigned in September as pastor of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Troy in anticipation of being forced out of the ministry due to confirmed abuse charges involving high school girls.
Wednesday's lawsuit also contends Brunner abused girls as a seminarian and deacon in three parishes, including St. Brigid in Xenia, prior to his ordination in 1974.
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