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Assignment Record– Rev. Ronald Cooper

Summary of Case: Ronald Cooper was ordained for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1983. He was assigned as an assistant to parishes in Bridgetown, Groesbeck, Dayton and Withamsville before being named pastor in Greenfield. He also pastored parishes in New Vienna and Fayetteville. In late 2003 a man told the archdiocese that Cooper sexually abused him as a boy in the early 1980s while assigned to St. Aloysius Gonzaga in Bridgetown. The man said the abuse happened at the parish and at the Friar's Club. Cooper acknowledged contact with the boy, but denied "sexual intent." He was suspended from ministry in January 2004. The case could not be criminally prosecuted due to the statute of limitations. Cooper was laicized in October 2014.

Ordained: 1983
Laicized: 2014


   

Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1983

Archdiocese of Cincinnati

 

Archbishop was Daniel Edward Pilarczyk (1982-2009).

1986 St. Aloysius Gonzaga

Cincinnati (Bridgetown)

In late 2003 a man alleged Cooper sexually abused him when he was a teenager and Cooper was assigned to St. Aloysius. He said the abuse happened at the parish and at the Friar's Club in Cincinnati. Cooper acknowledged contact with the boy, but said there was no "sexual intent."

OH 2/3

St. Aloysius had a school with 365-340 students.

 

1986 1989 St. Ann's Cincinnati (Groesbeck) OH 2/3 St. Ann's had a school with 430-398 students.
1989 1990 St. Albert the Great Dayton OH 2/3 St. Albert's had a school with 504 students.
1990 1994 St. Thomas More Withamsville OH 2/3, 2/4 St. Thomas More had a school with 216-140 students, and a CCD program with 264-309 students.
1994 2003 St. Benignus Greenfield OH 1/1

Cooper resided here.

St. Benignus had a CCD program with 50-69 students.

1994 2003 St. Michael's New Vienna OH 1/1 St. Michael's had a CCD program with 32-27 students.
2003 2004 St. Angela Merici Fayetteville OH 1/1  
2003 2004 Holy Name Blanchester OH  

This was a chapel of St. Angela Merici in Fayetteville.

2003 2004 St. Patrick's Fayetteville OH   This was a chapel of St. Angela Merici in Fayetteville.
2003 2004 St. Martin's St. Martin OH   This was a chapel of St. Angela Merici in Fayetteville.
2004 2007        

Cooper was suspended from ministry in January 2004 due to the allegation that he had sexually abused a teen boy in the early 1980s while assigned to St. Aloysius.

Archdiocesan officials said they reported the allegation to law enforcement. Prosecutors said they could not be proceed due to the statute of limitations.

Cooper is not indexed in the 2005-2007 Directories.

2007

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

2014 Administrative Leave       Cooper is not indexed in the 2015 Directory. His laicization by the Vatican was announced in October 2014.

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.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1983-2013).

Archdiocese Suspends Priest, By Dan Horn, Cincinnati Enquirere, January 14, 2004
Priest Suspended on Abuse Allegation, By Tom Beyerlein, Dayton Daily News, January 14, 2004
Status Report on Clerics Credibly Accused of Child Abuse, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Not Dated, Cached by Google on February 7, 2006
Victims, Church Still Trying to Pick up Pieces, By Tom Beyerlein, Dayton Daily News, April 22, 2007
Victim's advocate glad to see 3 Tri-State priests defrocked by Vatican, By Tammy Mutasa, WLWT (Cincinnati), October 28, 2014
Vatican defrocks 3 priests over sexual misconduct, By Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com, October 29, 2014
Vatican defrocks 3 Archdiocese of Cincinnati priests accused of harming children, By Maxim Alter, WCPO (Cincinnati), October 29, 2014

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This assignment record was last updated on August 28, 2016.


 
 

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