OH- Child molesting cleric worked in Ohio
For immediate release: Friday, May 9, 2014
A Catholic cleric, who was convicted of disorderly conduct involving a minor and was recently "outed," also worked in Cincinnati. We want Catholic officials from Ohio and Pennsylvania to reach out to victims.
Brother Ralph Mravintz was convicted of disorderly conduct in 1986, which was a reduced charge from sexual assault of a teenage boy. He worked in Pittsburgh in the 1960s and 1980s. He also worked in Cincinnati at Purcell High School from 1948-49.
We want Pittsburgh and Cincinnati Catholic officials to immediately:
– reach out to anyone who was hurt by him and may be suffering in silence and self blame, and
– post on their websites the names of dozens of proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics – especially those who are still living and may be hurting other kids right now.
Mravinzt is now deceased.
We hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes and cover ups in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati – whether in a school or parish – will come forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoers and start healing.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 18,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.