Central Pennsylvania bishop's home listed for $995,000, money may be used for sex abuse cases

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ALTOONA, Pennsylvania — A spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown says the sale of the bishop's home is pending and that money from the nearly $1 million asking price might be used to care for sexual misconduct victims.

The diocese has been named in several legal claims filed by former students at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, who claim they were molested by Brother Stephen Baker, a Franciscan friar, from 1992 to 2001. Baker committed suicide in January 2013 after the Youngstown Ohio diocese disclosed abuse settlements with 11 former students at a school in that state, which prompted many of the alleged McCort victims to come forward.

The Altoona Mirror (http://bit.ly/1oAfx8d ) reports the six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home is listed at $995,000.

Bishop Mark Bartchak will move into the rectory at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona.


Information from: Altoona Mirror, http://www.altoonamirror.com

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