Baker worked at other schools


Baker worked at other schools

January 17, 2013
By THE ALTOONA MIRROR Special to the Tribune Chronicle (news@tribtoday.com) , Tribune Chronicle | TribToday.com

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. – For years as his alleged crimes against those students went unreported, Brother Stephen P. Baker, a Franciscan friar based in Hollidaysburg, had a presence at Altoona and Johnstown Catholic schools.

Baker’s presence among area youths includes his role on the Bishop McCort High School baseball team in Johnstown, Pa., in the late 1990s and mid-2000s. He also served in 1998 on the Confirmation Committee for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, which developed confirmation preparation guidelines in April 1998.

Baker is a friar of the Third Order Regular based at St. Bernardine’s monastery in Hollidaysburg.

When reached about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday in his room at St. Bernardine’s, he told Tribune news partner WYTV 33 that he was shocked when told of the accusations.

“I’m flabbergasted,” Baker said. “I’ll have to ask my superiors if I can say anything.”

The Rev. Patrick Quinn, major superior of the T.O.R. Franciscan, said Baker has been removed from all public ministry. Quinn said Baker has been living under strict supervision in which he has no contact with minors.

Quinn said his position is similar to a bishop overseeing priests.

“Brother Stephen has and continues to be removed from all public ministry and is living under supervision in which he has no contact with minors,” Quinn wrote in a statement.

“The Province encourages anyone who has been harmed by Br. Stephen Baker or any of its members to contact the Minister Provincial (Quinn),” he wrote.

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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

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