Troubling news

Monsignor Patrick Brown has temporarily stepped down from his position as pastor of St. Vincent DePaul Church in Long Hill after FBI agents informed church officials about an investigation into financial matters at the parish.

Brown is a well-known figure in Morris County political circles; he’s been a jail chaplain and often is called upon to give the invocation or benediction at the freeholders’ annual reorganization meeting. He often spoke eloquently about the need for government to remember those in need.


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

10 Responses to Troubling news

  1. Soothsayer says:

    Patrick Brown has given of himself selflesslessly to the community and those less fortunate for years. Anyone who has had any contact with him knows the truth. He needs our prayers now so that he may, once again, continue his life of service.

  2. Ed Ramirez says:

    This is a man that has given so much of himself, I find it imposable that he could do anything wrong. Since when do the FBI investigate churches, I hope this is not the beginning of the Brown Shirt era that Obama is planning.

  3. I know Patrick Brown as well and agree with the Ed and Soothsayer, but Ed, let’s not blame Obama … that’s a stretch of the highest order.

  4. jimmycat says:

    The FBI can investigate mosques and imam, but not churches nor priests. Could this be a double standard, Ed?

    If you think it is impossible for church leaders to do “anything wrong,” where have you been for the past few years? You don’t have to leave the Diocese of Paterson to find a few who have egregiously erred.

  5. Jester says:

    The FBI should be investigating the real horrible criminals who are on the streets killing, raping, dealing drugs, kidnapping children, etc… Yes, there have been problems in every aspect of society but we don’t seem to want to take care of the real business at hand. We are going after a great man who has done enormous good for so many people, yet we let all the above go free and continue to harm terribly. Funny, the FBI won’t even tell his attorney’s what the charges could be…..can you say setup???? Law enforcement are never on the right track!!!!

  6. Inquisition says:

    Interesting… an anonymous tip. If they (the anonymous) believe they are in the right and seeking justice – step out from behind the curtain and place their reputation on the line.

  7. Disgusted says:

    Maybe he’s done much good, but many of us at St. Vincent’s aren’t surprised. Thou shalt not steal! You may have fooled some parishioners, Msgr., but not all of us!

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