Father Phillip Linden
Archdiocese of Baltimore/Josephite
- 1969-1973: St. Francis Xavier (Baltimore, MD)
- 1980s: Stella Maris (Baltimore, MD)
- 1991-2018: Xavier University of Louisiana
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Phillip Linden:
Fr. Phillip Linden was a Josephite priest who worked in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and New Orleans. In 2023, Fr. Linden was listed on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of Minors list following the release of a report from Maryland’s Attorney General regarding clergy accused of sexual abuse.
In a separate press release, the Archdiocese of Baltimore noted that Linden was among 39 individuals added this month to their list of accused, resulting from a recommendation from the Maryland attorney general and of Archbishop William Lori to expand the criteria for the list.
“The board–an interfaith group that meets several times a year and includes experts from law enforcement, health care, academia, social work, and the legal community–endorsed the Archbishop’s recommendation as an important step to further the local church’s commitment to transparency and healing,” the archdiocese said.
According to media reports, the archdiocese announced on June 30, 2023, that it received an allegation involving Father Philip Linden while he was serving at St. Francis Xavier Church in East Baltimore in the 1970s. According to a news release from the archdiocese, the allegation was reported to law enforcement and to Father Linden’s religious community, the St. Joseph Society of the Sacred Heart (the Josephites). According to The Baltimore Sun, the allegation was first received and reported in August 2020, after which the archdiocese began conducting an internal investigation.
Linden was ordained for the Josephites in 1969 and served in Baltimore in his first assignment as a priest, later serving there as a hospice chaplain. Linden left the Baltimore area in the 1980s and is no longer in active ministry. Linden became a Theology professor at Xavier University of Louisiana.
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