MARYLAND NEWS – Baltimore church ends religious services after priest’s sexual harassment settlement


Mariah Cain, Staff Writer

The Archdiocese of Baltimore will end religious services at St. Benedict Church after the longtime priest was suspended from ministry when it was revealed that he made a payment to settle sexual harassment allegations. Father Paschal Morlino was allegedly dismissed from his position in October after 40 years of service when a 2018 sexual harassment complaint against him was revealed. 

St. Benedict Church will continue to serve the community, but members of the church are being transitioned to other churches in the area for religious services. “We understand that this news comes at a difficult time for parishioners. An outreach team will be available to assist parishioners, and if they wish, help them receive Catholic pastoral services at nearby parishes,” said the Archdiocese of Baltimore in a statement. The decision will take effect on Nov. 15.


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