The Provincial of the Third Order Regular Franciscans, Father Patrick Quinn, announced this morning that Brother Stephen Baker had died. …Let us continue to pray for all victims of abuse, for Brother Baker’s family and the repose of his soul.A statement from Bishop George V. Murry • Announcing the death of Franciscan friar Stephen Baker, since determined by autopsy to have been a suicide. Baker was the subject of dozens of sexual abuse allegations by teenagers across at least three states (particularly more than 25 at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, Pennsylvania), and was barred from participating in ministry after a sex abuse claim in 2000. source
» Paying the price: Philadelphia monsignor William Lynn will serve three to six years in prison, following sentencing today for covering up a priest’s pedophilic abuse in his diocese. Lynn was the secretary for clergy of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and is the first Catholic Church official to be convicted for such a crime in the United States. Lynn’s conviction came over his failure to report now-imprisoned former priest Edward Avery, who is serving a two-and-a-half year to five-year sentence for sexually assaulting an altar boy in 1999. Lynn’s lawyers have sought leniency in their client’s case, arguing he shouldn’t have to serve more time than Avery himself.