The Rev. A. Joseph Maskell, who left his Elkridge parish July 31 to seek psychological treatment in the wake of allegations that he sexually abused high school students, has officially resigned from the post.
Father Bowen's appointment was announced Wednesday in the Catholic Review, the Archdiocesan newspaper, in a front-page story that did not mention Father Maskell. St. Augustine's parishioners were notified by letter last week of his appointment.
In his Jetter to the parishioners, Bishop P. Francis Murphy, the Western Vicar, said Cardinal Keeler had spoken with Father Maskell and was concerned "about Father's lengthy and continued absence from the parish related to matters involving civil suits. With sensitivity to the needs of the parish for permanent pastoral leadership, he indicated his willingness to resign and has done so."
Two former students at Archbishop Keough High School, now Seton Keough, filed lawsuits asking a total of $40 million in damages Aug. 24 in Baltimore Circuit Court, alleging that Father Maskell molested them. He was chaplain and counselor at Keough from 1967 to 1975.
While Father Maskell undergoes therapy, a group calling itself "Friends of Fr. Maskell Fund" have been soliciting contributions to a defense fund for the priest.
The Baltimore Sun is republishing archived coverage of the unsolved 1969 murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik, which is the subject of a Netflix documentary series set to debut May 19. Cesnik, a 26-year-old Baltimore nun, was reported missing in November 1969 and her body was found in Lansdowne in January 1970. These stories appear as they were originally written in The Sun or The Evening Sun.