Cardinal Mahony has called the case of Father Michael Baker the one "that troubles me most
The following is a copy of the Archdiocese's bare-bones summary of Father Baker's confidential priest file.
Graduates from St. John’s Theology with M.A. in Religion.
Ordained for Diocese of Los Angeles.
Assigned to St. Joan of Arc Parish (Los Angeles) as Associate.
Assigned to St. Paul of the Cross (La Mirada) as Associate.
Assigned as Associate Pastor at St. Hilary Church (Pico Rivera).
Assigned as Administrator of St. Hilary Church.
Assigned to St. Catherine Laboure parish as Associate Pastor (effective January 1, 1987, after return from Sabbatical).
Takes four-month Sabbatical leave to attend continuing education program at Notre Dame University, Indiana (August 1, 1986 through December 1986).
Pursuant to Cardinal Mahony’s invitation during a retreat for priests to talk with him about their problems, requests meeting with Cardinal.
12/22/86 and 12/23/86
Meets with Cardinal Mahony and Vicar for Clergy Curry to discuss and his relationship with two boys from 1978 to 1985.
Placed on sick leave through 08/31/87.
Leaves for evaluation by Servants of the Paraclete, Foundation House, in Jemez Springs, New Mexico.
Evaluation report from Servants of the Paraclete re Baker.
Commences residential treatment by Servants of the Paraclete.
First report from Servants of the Paraclete re Baker.
Second report from Servants of the Paraclete re Baker.
Third report from Servants of the Paraclete re Baker.
Vicar for Clergy (Curry) meets with Baker and staff at Servants of the Paraclete in New Mexico.
Fourth and final report from Servants of the Paraclete re Baker.
Returns to Archdiocese; staying temporarily at St. Elisabeth (Van Nuys).
Ministry restrictions formalized. Baker to participate in therapy.
Assigned to Catholic Charities, Department on Aging, until 7/31/88.
Assigned to Residence at St. Thomas the Apostle (Los Angeles).
Participates in Follow-Up Workshop at Servants of the Paraclete, New Mexico.
Report from Servants of the Paraclete re Follow-Up Workshop.
Report re group therapy.
Completion of Baker’s work with Catholic Charities, Department of Aging.
Assigned to work with retired priests and restricted to no contact with minors.
Assigned to Residence at St. Elizabeth Church (Van Nuys), subject to restrictions.
Meeting of Vicar for Clergy, pastor, and Baker to discuss a breach of restriction by Baker at St. Elizabeth’s re contact (non-sexual) with a minor.
Assigned to St. Linus Church (Norwalk) as Administrator Pro-Tem.
Assigned to St. Gerard Majella Church (Los Angeles) as
Assigned to St. Mary Church (Palmdale) as Administrator Pro- Tem.
Assigned to St. Lucy Church (Long Beach) as Administrator Pro- Tem.
Assigned to Sacred Heart Church (Lincoln Heights) as
Assigned to Residence at St. Elizabeth, Van Nuys.
Assigned to Residence at St. Columbkille Parish (Los Angeles).
Assigned to Vicar of Clergy’s staff responsible for Ministry to Sick and Retired Priests (Archdiocesan Assistant for Retired Persons).
Assigned to St. Columbkille Parish (Los Angeles) as Administrator Pro-Tem.
Note re a breach of restrictions by contact (non-sexual) with minors observed by pastor.
Report to Vicar of Clergy re a breach of restrictions by contact (non-sexual) with a minor.
On Sabbatical from 8/1/96 through 12/31/96.
Sexual Abuse Advisory Board (SAAB) ecommendations re Baker.
Treating doctor’s reports.
Assigned to St. Camillus de Lellis (Los Angeles).
Progress meeting of therapist, Vicar for Clergy’s staff therapist, and Baker.
First complaint by a victim: Attorney for victims (Castellanos) sends draft of complaint.
Removed from ministry.
Report that Baker had performed two Baptisms.
Cardinal Mahony signs Decree Opening Canonical Investigation pertaining to Baker’s violation of duty of obedience by performing baptisms.
Adult’s letter re alleged abuse by Baker as a minor.