Me at 13

Me at 13

I am a native of Brooklyn, New York where I attended St. Saviour’s Elementary School through 7th grade. My family moved to Pocono Mountains in Northeast Pennsylvania when I was 12 years old. When we moved to Pike County, my brothers and sisters were enrolled in Notre Dame Junior/Senior High School and St. Matthews Elementary School in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Notre Dame was the central parochial high school that drew students from a number of parishes in Northeastern Pennsylvania and west-central New Jersey. In 1973, I met Father Robert Gibson who was then an assistant pastor at St Luke’s Catholic Church in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Fr. Gibson taught religion to my 8th grade class. It was during my 8th grade year that he started grooming me for the abuse that he subjected me to for approximately 9 months.

After graduating from Notre Dame High School in 1978, I attended the University of Scranton (Pennsylvania) where I received a BA in History in 1982. After graduation, I entered Aviation Officer Candidate School at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. I was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy in October, 1982.

I served in the Navy for over 23 years, rising to the rank of Commander.During my naval career I served in a variety of sea and shore commands/staff assignments in Florida, Georgia, Virginia, California, Rhode Island, Japan, as well as deployments to the North Atlantic, North Sea,  Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, and the Persian Gulf . I completed temporary duty assignments in Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Estonia and Diego Garcia (British Indian Ocean Territories)  before retiring from active service in January 2006. I am a veteran of the Cold War, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

I am a 1994 graduate of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and a 2000 graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia.   I hold a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia (2000).

I no longer consider myself to be a Roman Catholic. I have requested formal removal from the Catholic Church, but, like all of my requests, to date it has been met with silence.

If you are new to this blog and want a primer on why I am doing all of this, the following are links to the posts that are the core of my story:

  1. An Introduction
  2. What Do I Want?
  3. Crossing the Lines…
  4. More Information on Father Gibson’s Assignments
  5. Edward Gannon, SJ (one of the good guys)
  6. Shameful Legacy
  7. Florida, not the happiest place on earth…
  8. Bishop Timlin’s Precept and Decree on Father Robert Gibson
  9. Connecting the Dots
  10. Picture This
  11. An Open Letter to Bishop Joseph F. Martino, Diocese of Scranton
  12. Fear and Doubt
  13. First Descent into Hell
  14. What I Have Learned in a Year of Blogging
  15. Parting Company with SNAP

The original Scranton Times-Tribune Story that I pursued to get Gibson’s name in the public eye and reveal this man’s true nature can be found here.

The recent Pennsylvania Grand Jury report identified Robert J. Gibson as one of the predators within the Diocese of Scranton. Gibson is discussed on pages 841-842 of that report.   It has also been revealed that the Diocese gave him the moniker “Father Ned” during litigation of a case in the 1990s.  This was a device to help hide his identity and the truth of his activities from parishioners and law enforcement.

I can be reached at mbbaumannblog@gmail.com.

If you are a victim and you want to come forward please call the  PA Clergy Abuse Hotline: 888-538-8541.  This hotline is run by the Attorney General in Pennsylvania