Monday, May 6, 2013

Msgr. Edward Arsenault: Former diocese of NH leader Investigated Improper Financial Transactions

CONCORD, N.H. — The leader of one of the nation’s top clergy treatment centers resigned Monday over allegations involving an inappropriate adult relationship and misuse of church funds in New Hampshire, where he previously served in numerous leadership positions with the Diocese of Manchester.

Msgr. Edward Arsenault held several senior positions in New Hampshire from 1999 to 2009 before becoming president and CEO of Saint Luke Institute in Maryland in October 2009. In New Hampshire, Arsenault had been former Bishop John McCormack’s top lieutenant, handling the clergy sexual abuse crisis and being responsible for the church’s new child protection policies.

The Diocese said Monday that it received allegations earlier this year regarding a potentially inappropriate relationship involving Arsenault. During its investigation, the diocese found evidence of improper financial transactions, and reported the matter to the attorney general’s office.

In a statement, Bishop Peter Libasci said the diocese will cooperate fully with the investigation.
“I am committed to reviewing our internal diocesan operations to ensure that any issues are identified and corrected, as necessary,” he said. “We will do this in the light of day.”

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Washington Post

Former diocese of NH leader investigated for misuse of funds, improper relationship

By Associated Press

May 6