New York NY Oct 16 2011 A retired monsignor at a Brooklyn Catholic Church who worked for the FDNY was suspended Friday after being accused of trying to prey on two minors, the Diocese of Brooklyn said.
Msgr. Thomas Brady, 78, was charged with attempting a “criminal sex act” toward two teenage boys on Thursday, according to court records.
“It’s a shock for everyone in the parish,” said Stefanie Gutierrez, the diocese spokeswoman.
The alleged incidents occurred on the same day, but at different times, Gutierrez said.
Brady had suffered several strokes over the last few years, said Gutierrez and is undergoing chemotherapy for lung cancer.
She said that there was “no physical contact” between the monsignor and the teens.
“His mind just got very foggy,” she said. His mobility has also been severely reduced over the last few years due to his ill health, Gutierrez said.
Brady, who stepped down as the leader of Good Shepherd Church in 2009 after 20 years, had remained the pastor emeritus of the Marine Park Parish and lived in the church’s rectory where the alleged attacks occurred.
Brady was released after posting a $2,000 bond Friday.
He was ordained as a priest in 1959 and formerly served as an FDNY chaplain.
In a statement, Bishop Nicholas Dimerize, requested “prayers for the victims of misconduct as well as for Msgr. Brady.”
The transferred to the Staten Island District Attorney for prosecution due to the priest’s prior working relationship with Brooklyn prosecutors.