Aug 17, 2009

The Michael Stephen Baker case resurfaces

Did you see the L.A. Times story (click on this post's title) the other day about defrocked Michael Stephen Baker, formerly of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles?

Cardinal Roger Mahony returned Baker to priestly ministry in the 1980's (having first sent him to a "rehab" facility) after Baker admitted molesting two boys. Baker then went on to molest more boys. The cardinal has apologized several times for having returned him to ministry.

It turns out that this summer, Baker was called to testify before a federal grand jury.

The Times article says this:

"The probe is aimed at determining whether Mahony, and possibly other church leaders, committed 'honest services fraud' by failing to adequately deal with priests accused of sexually abusing children, sources said.

"Mahony's attorney has said Mahony is not a target of the federal inquiry, adding the cardinal was fully cooperating with federal officials."

You can read an Associated Press article about the case at:

That article says Baker is in federal protective custody.


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