Catholic Church

Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse Permanently Suspended

Oct 2, 2018
Diocese of Owensboro

A Catholic diocese in Kentucky has permanently suspended a priest accused of sexual abuse.

Tina Casey with the Catholic Diocese of Owensboro says the Rev. Gerald Baker was permanently suspended from performing priestly duties in August. The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports he had been on temporary suspension since 2016.

A statement says three juveniles accused Baker of sexual abuse. St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church personnel reported the accusation and law enforcement was notified. Kentucky State Police spokesman Trooper Corey King says investigators subsequently determined there was nothing that rose to the level of a criminal charge.

Diocese of Owensboro

The Catholic Diocese of Owensboro says two victims have recently stepped forward with allegations of sexual abuse.  One victim claimed the abuse occurred between 1944 and 1947.  The other was in 1962. 

Bishop William Medley says the accusations are against two different priests who are now deceased.  In an interview with WKU Public Radio, he declined to release their names, but said there had been other complaints about them in the past.  Medley says, to his knowledge, the priests were never disciplined because all of the complaints came after their deaths. 

Bishop Medley says while he is horrified by the claims, it’s important to note the alleged abuse occurred before 2002 when U.S. bishops enacted a series of reforms.

Humana Co-Founder Gives to Catholic Foundation

Jun 26, 2014

The co-founder of Humana Inc. is giving $1 million to the Catholic Education Foundation of Louisville to help students attend catholic schools.

The gift from David A. Jones and his wife, Betty, will provide financial assistance to families who can't afford the full cost of catholic school tuition.

Louisville archbishop Joseph Kurtz says the couple has been among the most generous donors to the foundation, which started in 1996. Foundation president Richard Lechleiter says the gift will allow more families to get help with catholic school tuition. He says about 20,000 students attend catholic schools in Louisville.

The foundation says the funding of the gift will occur over a four year period.

A new political action committee is hoping to strengthen the political power of Catholics in Kentucky. The Kentucky Catholic PAC was founded by Louisville attorney Vince Heuser after the May primary elections.