Bishop vows to protect children from sexual abuse
Bishop George V. Murry said Thursday he wants to reassure the people of the Mahoning Valley that the Diocese of Youngstown is taking “every possible action” to protect children from sexual abuse.
The bishop held a news conference this morning to address the recent news that 11 men settled out of court with Warren John F. Kennedy High School as a result of sexual abuse they suffered there.
The man accused of the abuse is Franciscan Brother Stephen P. Baker, who taught, coached baseball and served as athletic trainer at the school from 1986 to 1991.
“While I understand that nothing I say will eliminate their agony, I want them to know that I stand with them and will not tolerate abusive behavior from church officials,” Bishop Murry said.
Brother Baker worked at the school from 1986 to 1991 but was never a member of the clergy. He is a member of the Franciscan Third Order Regular.
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