February 19, 2005

Priest cleared of allegation

Cincinnati Post

By Kevin Eigelbach
Post staff reporter

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington has cleared its former No. 2 official of an allegation of sexual abuse.

The diocese had not decided as of Friday where the Rev. Gerald Reinersman would go back to work, spokesman Tim Fitzgerald said.

But an ad hoc committee that Bishop Roger Foys formed to investigate the charge found no reason why Reinersman couldn't return to active ministry.

In a statement published in the diocese newspaper, The Messenger, Reinersman said he was always confident a full and fair investigation would clear him.

"Thanks be to God, that day has finally come," he wrote.

Posted by kshaw at February 19, 2005 06:29 AM