February 19, 2005

Committee clears priest of abuse allegations


Associated Press

COVINGTON, Ky. - The former No. 2 official with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington has been cleared of an allegation of sexual abuse, but has not received a new work assignment.

Diocese spokesman Tim Fitzgerald said a new assignment for the Rev. Gerald Reinersman is still under consideration.

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

Reinersman wrote in a statement published in the diocese newspaper, The Messenger, that 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 03:51 PM