Cardinal Bernard Law did not disclose child sex abuse allegations against a priest who is now an active chaplain at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, according to documents released Wednesday.
In a letter to the Military Diocese, Law said the Rev. Redmond Raux had nothing in his past to prevent him from working with children as an Air Force chaplain.
Raux was placed on leave after he was accused of molesting a boy at a parish in Boston. He and another priest were named in a suit by the victim, which was settled for $200,000 in 1995.
But Raux consistently denied the charge, and Law cleared him to work in the military in May 1996.
“I am unaware of anything in his background which would render him unsuitable to work with minor children,” Law wrote in a statement clearing him for service as a chaplain. “I am of the opinion that Reverend Redmond Raux is of good character and reputation.”
Raux declined to comment when reached at F.E. Warren. He referred questions to his attorney, Timothy O’Neill, who did not return a call for comment.
Bishop David Ricken of the Diocese of Cheyenne was unavailable for comment Wednesday. A spokeswoman at the diocese said Ricken was ill.
The archdiocese issued a statement on Wednesday saying that it had notified the Military Diocese about the unsubstantiated allegation against Raux. A call to the archdiocese requesting further documentation or details was not immediately returned.
Thomas Connelly, a vice chancellor at the Archdiocese for Military Service, wouldn’t comment specifically on Raux’s case. He added he’d be “very surprised” if an archbishop revealed unsubstantiated accusations about a priest’s past.
“All kinds of people make allegations,” he said. “We’d want to know as much as we can, but if the Archdiocese of Boston determined there wasn’t any substantiated misconduct, that’s their call.”