April 30, 2012 - A Statement of the Archdiocese of Boston Regarding Rev. John M. Mendicoa*

"The Archdiocese of Boston today announced that the allegation of sexual abuse of a minor by Father John M. Mendicoa has been found to be unsubstantiated. Fr Mendicoa was placed on administrative leave in August, 2011, after the Archdiocese received an allegation of sexual abuse of a child. The allegation concerned conduct alleged to have occurred in the 1980s. Fr. Mendicoa is no longer on administrative leave and has now been assigned the status of Senior Priest, restricted.

Father Mendicoa's ministry, beyond sacramental celebrations with members of his family, will be exercised with the permission of the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the Archdiocese of Boston. In reaching this decision, Cardinal Sean O'Malley reaffirmed his care and concern for all persons impacted by the reality of sexual abuse of children. The Cardinal and the Archdiocese remain committed to resolving cases of this nature in a manner that is as just as possible for all involved."