Assignment Record– Rev. Raymond E. Larger

Summary of Case: Raymond E. Larger was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1977. He assisted at several parishes before being named pastor of St. James in 1991. He left St. James in 2002 to lead Our Lady of Visitation.

In July 2003 Larger was arrested for soliciting sex from a male undercover police officer in a Dayton park. He pleaded no contest, was fined $100 and put on probation for a year. The archdiocese placed him on administrative leave. Also in 2003, Larger was accused of having sexually abused an 11-year-old St. James altar boy during 1995-1997. The accusation surfaced when his accuser filed a claim with the archdiocese's victim compensation fund. The fund was part of an agreement the archdiocese made with prosecutors after it pleaded no contest to failing to report clergy sex abuse to authorities. Larger's accuser was denied compensation. In 2005 Larger was indicted on charges related to the 2003 allegations. The man accusing him subsequently filed a civil lawsuit. The criminal charges were dismissed in November 2005 because the judge did not believe Larger's accuser. The man's lawsuit also failed. Larger was on administrative leave 2005 to 2008, when he was reinstated to active ministry after review of his case by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Ordained: 1977


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Archbishop was Joseph Louis Bernardin (1972-1982).

1979 St. Teresa's Cincinnati OH 3/3

St. Teresa's had a school with 648-579 students.


Bernardin was succeeded by Daniel Edward Pilarczyk (1982-2009).

1985 St. Ann's Cincinnati (Groesbeck) OH 3/3, 2/3, 2/4, 2/2 St. Ann's had a school with 539-403 students.
1985 1991 Assumption Cincinnati (Mount Healthy) OH 2/3, 2/4 Assumption had a school with 497-451 students, and a CCD program with 165-123 students.
1991 2002 St. James

Cincinnati (White Oak)

Larger was indicted in July 2005 on charges related to allegations he had sexually abused an 11-year-old altar boy several times between December 1995 and August 1997. The abuse allegedly included sodomy and forced oral sex. Larger's accuser said the priest told him it would be a sin not to comply because he was a messenger from God. The boy's mother reportedly was dying of cancer at the time of the abuse.

OH 1/3, 1/2

St. James had a school with 900-1151 students, and a CCD program with 36-136 students.


The archdiocese pleaded no contest in 2003 to charges of failing to inform authorities of child sex abuse accusations against its priests; it agreed to set up a $3 million victim compensation fund. Larger's accuser filed a claim, but a tribunal denied him compensation, saying he wasn't credible. In July 2005 the man filed a civil suit against Larger and the archdiocese. The lawsuit failed.


1994 2002 St. Margaret Deanery Cincinnati OH Dean  
2002 2003 Our Lady of Visitation



OH 1/2

Our Lady of Visitation had a school with 826 students, and a CCD program with 75 students.

Larger was arrested in 2003 for soliciting sex from a male undercover police officer in a Dayton park. He reportedly fondled the officer and exposed himself. He pleaded no contest, was fined $100 and given a year's probation. The archdiocese placed him on administrative leave.

2003 2004         Larger is not indexed in the 2004 Directory, nor is he listed in the Cincinnati pages as at his previous or next assignments.
2004 2005 Special Assignment/St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Cincinnati OH 2/5

In residence
2005 2008        

Larger is not indexed in the 2006-2008 Directories. Per the archdiocesan website in 2007, he was on administrative leave.

The charges filed against Larger in July 2005 were dismissed in November of that year. Presiding judge Robert Ruehlman said, "It's silly to go any further with this case. The testimony I heard just isn't credible."


Pilarczyk was succeeded as Cincinnati archbishop by Dennis Marion Schnurr (2009-).

2016 St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Cincinnati OH 4/4, 3/3, 2/2

In residence 2008-2011
Larger's case was reviewed by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He was returned to active ministry in February 2008.
2008 2016 Pastoral Council Secretariat Cincinnati OH Executive Secretary  

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1978-2016).

Archdiocese Faces New Abuse Suit, By Mark Hansel, Cincinnati Post, July 19, 2005
 Priest Not Guilty; Judge Criticizes Accuser, By Dan Horn, Cincinnati Enquirer, November 1, 2005
 Status Report on Clerics Credibly Accused of Child Abuse, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, cached by Google February 7, 2006
 Exonerated Priest Returned to Ministry, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Press Release, February 14, 2008
 Archdiocese Reinstates Controversial Priest after Vatican Ruling, Beacon Journal, February 14, 2008
Once Accused, Priest Reinstated, By Dan Horn, Cincinnati Enquirer, February 14, 2008
 Priest in Indecency Case Reinstated, By Tom Beyerlein, Dayton Daily News, February 14, 2008
 Vatican Reinstates Priest, By Dan Horn, Cincinnati Enquirer, February 15, 2008
 Falsely Accused Priests Are Also Victims, By Susan M. Frazier, Cincinnati Enquirer, February 16, 2008
 Exonerated Priest Returned to Ministry, The Catholic Telegraph, February 22, 2008 

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This assignment record was last updated on January 25, 2017.


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