|Statement to the Community of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
April 8, 2010
There have been questions raised concerning allegations which were made against Msgr. Richard Martini. Some parishioners found these allegations on the internet. Unfortunately, one has to go very far down the list on Google to find that Msgr. Martini was completely exonerated.
Monsignor Michael Meyers, the Vicar for Clergy of the Archdiocese was at OLPH to address the concerns of school parents on the evening of March 25. The following is the statement that he presented:
In 2004, the Archdiocese and Father Martini were informed of an allegation against Father Martini as part of a civil lawsuit.
The allegation against Father Martini was reported to the police, fully investigated by a retired Special Agent of the FBI and reviewed by the Clergy Misconduct Oversight Board. As was reported to the Los Angeles Times and the Ventura Star, the investigation concluded that there was no evidence of misconduct. Monsignor Michael Meyers, The Archdiocese Vicar for Clergy provided a copy of the statement that was read at Father Richard Martini's parish in 2004 announcing the results of the investigation. Transfiguration Parish Letter
The civil lawsuit was settled as part of the global settlement. Father Martini was extremely reluctant to participate in the global settlement, but did so, even though he had been exonerated, because he believed that achieving the global settlement would bring healing to the whole church. The settlement in no way validates the claims against him.
We understand the concerns of the parents of this community, but we reassure you that Monsignor Martini was fully exonerated of the one and only complaint against him and is in good standing in our Archdiocese.
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