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By Robert A. Erlandson and Joe Nawrozki and Robert A. Erlandson and Joe Nawrozki,Sun Staff Writers | August 3, 1994
It was a painful moment for a man of his calling."I was in shock," the Rev. A. Joseph Maskell declared. "I never had sex with a kid."That was in May, and Father Maskell, pastor of St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church in Elkridge, was describing his reaction to the first in a series of allegations that he had sexually abused students while he was a chaplain and counselor at Archbishop Keough High School more than two decades ago."It is absolutely untrue," he repeated over and over again in an interview with The Sun in his sparsely furnished rectory office.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun and By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2014
The Rev. Father Joseph Valentine Messer, a Roman Catholic priest who served in Glen Burnie and Severna Park, died of dementia complications Wednesday at Stella Maris Hospice. The Timonium resident was 90. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of Henry Philip Messer, who managed the old John Murphy church goods firm, and the former Mary Magdalen Goeckler, a homemaker. After his family moved to Halethorpe when he was a boy, he attended Ascension School and was a Catonsville High School graduate.
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By Joe Nawrozki and Robert A. Erlandson and Joe Nawrozki and Robert A. Erlandson,Sun Staff Writers | June 19, 1994
An article in The Sun June 19 about the unsolved murder of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik reported that during the investigation of her disappearance on Nov. 7, 1969, Inspector Julian I. Forrest Sr., chief of detectives, had pressured investigators on behalf of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.In fact, Mr. Forrest had retired in October 1966.Col. Edwin E. Taylor, who was chief of the criminal investigation division when Sister Catherine disappeared, retired Dec. 25, 1969, just before her body was found Jan. 3, 1970, in Lansdowne.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2013
The Rev. John T. Carter, a retired Roman Catholic Navy chaplain who later pastored several churches in Western Maryland, died Tuesday at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center of respiratory failure. He was 71. "Our Uncle Martin Hyland was a priest, and I think he was somewhat of an influence on my brother as well as the priest at St. Ambrose," his sister, Sally Louise Protokowicz of Bel Air, said. "Since he was 14, he always wanted to be a priest. It was the only thing he ever wanted to do. " The son of Blight G. Carter, a Baltimore Sun photoengraver, and Agnes L. Hyland, a homemaker, John Thomas Carter, one of seven children, was born in Baltimore and raised in the city's Pimlico neighborhood.
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By Robert A. Erlandson and Joe Nawrozki and Robert A. Erlandson and Joe Nawrozki,Staff Writers | August 10, 1994
Baltimore City detectives investigating sex abuse allegations against a Roman Catholic priest dug up a van load of confidential records yesterday the priest had ordered buried four years ago in Brooklyn's Holy Cross Cemetery.City police were accompanied by the two Baltimore County homicide detectives assigned to the revived investigation of the unsolved 1969 slaying of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik.A high-ranking county police official said investigators were there because the name of the priest -- the Rev. A. Joseph Maskell -- had come up during their probe of the 25-year-old crime.
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By Joe Nawrozki and Robert A. Erlandson and Joe Nawrozki and Robert A. Erlandson,Sun Staff Writers | August 25, 1994
In lawsuits seeking $40 million in damages, a Baltimore priest was accused yesterday of sexually abusing two former students at a Catholic girls high school more than 20 years ago.The Rev. A. Joseph Maskell, 55, is accused of a series of assaults -- some involving bizarre sex practices -- spelled out in graphic terms in the suits.The alleged attacks occurred when the plaintiffs were students during the late 1960s and early 1970s at Archbishop Keough High School in Southwest Baltimore.A now-retired gynecologist who accepted Archbishop Keough students as patients on referral from Father Maskell also is named in one of the suits.
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By Joe Nawrozki and Robert A. Erlandson and Joe Nawrozki and Robert A. Erlandson,Sun Staff Writers | February 14, 1995
Cardinal William H. Keeler has revoked the official duties of a priest being sued for allegedly molesting two women while they were students at a Catholic high school in southwest Baltimore 20 years ago.A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, William Blaul, said the Rev. A. Joseph Maskell was notified that Cardinal Keeler had removed the priest's faculties to administer the church sacraments when officials named a successor to Father Maskell as...
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By JENNIFER MCMENAMIN and JENNIFER MCMENAMIN,SUN REPORTER | February 8, 2006
For nearly 20 years, Thomas Roberts kept quiet, hiding the secret of sexual abuse by the high school chaplain he sought counseling from in 1987. When another young man who had attended a different school came forward in 1993 with similar allegations against the priest, Roberts still kept quiet. Yesterday, as a Baltimore County judge prepared to sentence Jerome F. Toohey Jr. for the sexual abuse that occurred over three years, Roberts kept quiet no longer. "Father Jeff lived nearly 20 years in the freedom of my silence," the 33-year-old former Calvert Hall College High School student told the judge.
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By STEPHEN J. STAHLEY | April 26, 1995
Controversy over the new film ''Priest'' was predictable. But its content is much milder than the real-life horror stories about the clergy that appear in the media. The sensitive, fictional attempt to portray the human struggles of the priests has provoked outrage in some circles in the church. It would be comforting if the news stories of sexual abuse by priests provoked similar outrage.As a priest who resigned from the active ministry because of celibacy, I welcome the honest portrayal contained in the film.
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By Robert A. Erlandson and Joe Nawrozki and Robert A. Erlandson and Joe Nawrozki,Sun Staff Writers | April 27, 1995
An article Thursday incorrectly reported that a former Archbishop Keough High School student was undergoing therapy for alleged sex abuse by the Rev. A. Joseph Maskell, the school's chaplain, when she implicated him in the unsolved 1969 slaying of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik. Phillip G. Dantes, her lawyer, said she was not in therapy when she recalled memories of her association with the priest.The Sun regrets the errors.After a year pursuing leads here and around the country, Baltimore County Police have returned the unsolved, 25-year-old slaying of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik to the "cold case" file where it had rested for many years.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
A former Archbishop Curley High School student is accusing a Catholic priest and former teacher at the school with sexually abusing him on several occasions, according to a news release from the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The priest, Fr. Michael Kolodziej, 69, has been suspended from the priesthood. He taught at Curley from 1975-79, during which time the former student says he "wrestled him" and abused him. Kolodziej was ordained in Buffalo, N.Y., and has spent more than 30 years as a priest and teacher across several states.
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Dan Rodricks | July 31, 2013
I actually thought the cool new pope would have something cool and new to say about one of the things that make it hard to be a Roman Catholic: the church's refusal to allow women to serve as priests. Pope Francis has all the makings of a revolutionary. In just a few months on the job, he has excited otherwise bored and jaded Catholics with a fresh approach to the papacy, preaching from the book of humility, simplicity and passionate concern for the poor. Then he went down to Brazil, where the church has lost millions of followers, and criticized leaders there for allowing an "exodus" to other faiths or to the secular life.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2013
Pope Francis surprised the Catholic faithful Monday by saying the Roman Catholic Church shouldn't marginalize gay priests, saying: "Who am I to judge?" The comments followed one of the largest papal Masses in recent history over the weekend, when the pope told an estimated 3 million people on the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro to spread the Gospel to "the fringes of society. " The newly appointed leader of the Roman Catholic Church then took to his papal airplane, where he told a group of reporters on the long flight back to Rome that gay Catholic priests "should not be marginalized" in the church.
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July 17, 2013
As an altar boy who helped serve Carmelite nuns communion in the early 1940s, I read with interest The Sun's recent article about the present-day Carmelite Monastery ("All work and all prayer at Baltimore Carmel," July 14). As I remember, their home was around Oliver and Caroline streets near Biddle. The chapel was built into a nondescript building adjacent to a hospital. I would arrive around 6 a.m. The door was unlocked so I merely rang the bell to show I was there and walked in. Most times there were two of us. No one greeted us. Our "vestments" were laid out. When a priest appeared, we moved into the chapel.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2013
The Rev. Edward T. Hill, a Roman Catholic priest and former Navy chaplain, died Feb. 9 of a heart attack at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 78. The son of a Coca-Cola public relations director and a seamstress, Edward Thomas Hill was born in Baltimore and raised on Patterson Park Avenue. After graduating in 1952 from Loyola High School, he graduated in 1956 from what is now Loyola University Maryland. He earned a degree in theology from St. Mary's Seminary & University in Roland Park and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1960.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2013
The Rev. James R. LeVeque, a retired Episcopal priest and mathematics instructor, died of kidney failure Saturday at Keswick Multi-Care Center. The Charles Village resident was 81. Born in Cassopolis, Mich., he attended the Howe Military School in Howe, Ind., and earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Chicago. He then earned divinity and theology degrees at Nashotah House Seminary in Nashotah, Wis. He was ordained a priest in 1956. He later earned master's degrees in mathematics from the Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University.
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By Matthew Hay Brown | matthew.brown@baltsun.com | January 11, 2010
The Archdiocese of Baltimore has removed a Laurel priest from the ministry while it investigates allegations against him of sexual misconduct during the 1980s, the archdiocese said on Sunday. The Rev. John Wielebski, 62, pastor at Resurrection of Our Lord Church, has denied all of the allegations, the archdiocese said. The archdiocese revoked his authority to function as a priest in December. The misconduct is alleged to have occurred while Wielebski was at St. Dominic Church in Baltimore, where he was assigned from 1985 to 1988, and Monsignor Clare J. O'Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks, where he was assigned from 1988 to 1991.
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Dan Rodricks | December 22, 2012
The National Rifle Association's response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School - that is, placing blame for it on everyone and everything except the NRA and its all-guns-all-the-time credo - was utterly predictable. But this time it won't matter. With that speech on Friday, the NRA's outspoken vice president, Wayne LaPierre, officially declared the organization's new status: irrelevant. There isn't much an organization like this, hunkered down in the failed policies of the past, can do to stop what's coming - a sustained, populist, bipartisan demand that Congress start taking action to stop mass killings.
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By Erin Cox and Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2012
Several religious leaders joined Baltimore's mayor and state lawmakers Wednesday in urging new state gun control laws, calling for a wide-ranging package of bills designed to prevent tragedies like the shooting in Connecticut. "The violence is simply too much, the grief is simply too profound," said Rabbi Ron Shulman of Chizuk Amuno Congregation, president of the Baltimore Jewish Council. State Sen. Brian Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat who chairs the Judicial Proceedings Committee, said that in the coming General Assembly session, he will push for a ban on assault weapons like the Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle used in last week's massacre.
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