During the 2018 sex abuse scandal, many priests and bishops – including Pope Francis – blamed the crisis on “clericalism.” Baker issued a public statement linking it to homosexuality. “We are forced today to face the tragic revelation of scores of accusations of predominately homosexual behavior and abuse,” Baker said that this “spiritual suicide” has to stop and that prayer, penance, sacrificial virtue and the sacraments are the only way anyone has chance against “the great evils of our time.” Baker also encouraged Catholics to do at least one hour of Eucharistic Adoration.