Exonerated Priest Returned to Ministry
Archdiocese of Cincinnati
February 14, 2008
The Rev. Raymond Larger, who in 2005 was found by a Judge to be not guilty of criminal charges that he sexually abused a minor, has been reinstated as an active priest following a review of his case by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Fr. Larger will be given an assignment for priestly ministry at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati and will work at the Chancery of the Archdiocese.
"We are grateful to the Holy See for their interest in this matter, and we believe they have handled it thoughtfully and with justice," said the Most Rev. Daniel E. Pilarczyk, Archbishop of Cincinnati. "I believe in Fr. Larger's innocence and am thankful that the clearing of his name makes possible his return to a ministerial role."
Key events in the case are as follows:
* After the Archdiocese established a $3 million Claim Resolution Fund in 2003 for victims of child sexual abuse, a man filed a claim that Fr. Larger had abused him during the years 1995-1997. The independent Tribunal reviewing the claims consisted of Judges Ann Marie Tracey and Thomas Nurre and Attorney Robert Stachler. The Tribunal declined to compensate the accuser.In accordance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and The Essential Norms of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is committed to protecting children from sexual abuse, responding to allegations of sexual abuse of children, and restoring the good name of those falsely accused of sexual abuse. CONTACT:
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