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Friar accused of abuse in 2 states kills self

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:51 a.m. HST, Jan 27, 2013

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. » Police say a Franciscan friar accused of sexual abusing students at schools in two states killed himself at a western Pennsylvania monastery.

Blair Township police Chief Roger White tells the Associated Press an autopsy by the county coroner confirmed that 62-year-old Brother Stephen Baker died of self-inflicted wounds.

White said officers were called to St. Bernardine Monastery in Hollidaysburg Saturday morning after another resident had found Baker not breathing.

Baker was named last week in legal settlements with 11 men who alleged he sexually abused them at a northeast Ohio school three decades ago. A Pennsylvania school said it has also received molestation allegations involving Baker.

Youngstown Bishop George Murray called for prayers for abuse victims, Baker's family "and the repose of his soul."

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cojef wrote:
Wonder if the "vow of celibracy" cause one go off his rocker and then proceed to abuse young male children? Have studies been conducted on this subject? If not, why not? Is religion so sacrosanct that it cannot be examined by qualified psychologists or other specialists? These questions should be addressed by the religious entities beset with the problems, instead of the enormous amounts of efforts to bury the issues, or clandestinely paying off some of the victims with the hopes it would forgotten. Hundreds of millions dollars have been expended and there are still more disclosures being announced. When will it end?
on January 26,2013 | 11:30AM
onevoice82 wrote:
I doubt it cojef, if celibacy were the cause then thousands of parents (who are assumedly getting s$x on a regular basis, wouldn't abuse their own children. There are far more cases of abuse within the family then there are within any church or school.
on January 27,2013 | 03:44AM
hilocal wrote:
onevoice82, I think you're including all kinds of abuse in your use of the word when it occurs within the family: heterosexual, homosexual, and pedophilia. In the case of priests I wish the media would be less vague about the age of the victims, Were they pre-pubescent (pedophiliac abuse) or adolescent (homosexual abuse)? We don't have a clue because the reporter doesn't tell us if it was an elementary or high school. It would seen reasonable to me that homosexual pedophiliacs would be attracted to the priesthood because of the access to potential victims.
on January 27,2013 | 06:24AM
HD36 wrote:
Why didn't God prevent the deviant thoughts from entering his mind in the first place?
on January 26,2013 | 11:48AM
onevoice82 wrote:
free will applies to every human being including all religious.
on January 27,2013 | 03:39AM
bluespop wrote:
Too bad he didn't kill himself 50 years ago.
on January 26,2013 | 02:36PM
SueH wrote:
Amen to that!
on January 26,2013 | 07:45PM
fishwrider wrote:
Good riddance
on January 26,2013 | 02:41PM
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