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Former Baltimore bishop barred from ministering in Catholic archdiocese after allegations of sexual misconduct

Former Baltimore bishop barred from ministering in Catholic archdiocese after allegations of sexual misconduct

The leader of Baltimore’s half-million Catholics has disciplined a former bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore over allegations of sexual misconduct with a young adult more than a decade ago.

Archbishop William Lori announced Monday that Bishop Gordon Bennett, who served as an auxiliary bishop in Baltimore from 1998 to 2004, is barred from acting in any ministerial capacity within the Roman Catholic archdiocese.

The decision stems from allegations that Bennett, a Jesuit priest, sexually harassed a young adult in 2005 after becoming the bishop of Mandeville, Jamaica.

The harassment occurred in Jamaica, but involved a person Bennett met in Baltimore during his time here,...

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