Assignment Record– Rev. Walter (aka Vaclovas aka Wenceslaus) Katarskis
Summary of Case: Katarskis was ordained in his native Lithuania in 1942. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1948 and settled into work as a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, in Dayton and Vandalia parishes. In 1972 he became the sole priest at Holy Cross in Dayton, the Lithuanian parish where he served for twelve years after his arrival to the U.S. He remained at Holy Cross until his death in 1993.
In 2002 a woman reported to the archdiocese that when she was 10-11 years old in the early 1960s and a student at St. Albert the Great in Dayton, Katarskis sexually abused her. Katarskis was a St. Albert's assistant 1960-1965. In 2010 the woman spoke publicly of the alleged abuse prior to filing a police report; she said she did not want to sue, but wanted the Church to know about its predator priests, and to encourage other victims to come forward.
Born: June 27, 1916
Died: December 20, 1993
||Katarskis is not indexed in the Directories until 1949. He was ordained in Lithuania.
Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Archbishop was John Timothy McNicholas, O.P. (1925-1950), followed by Karl Joseph Alter (1950-1969).
||Holy Cross (Lithuanian)
||Katarskis is referred in the Directories to as "Wenceslaus" 1948-1953, "Walter" 1953-1954, then "Vaclovas" from 1954 on.
||St. Albert the Great
• In 2002 a woman told the archdiocese that Katarskis sexually abused her when she was ages 10 and 11 in the early 1960s and a St. Albert's student. She said the last time the priest abused her she vomited, and he screamed at her that she had sinned by making him [abuse] her.
St. Albert's had a school with 810-405 boys and 811-421 girls.
The woman spoke of the alleged abuse in a 2010 press conference, prior to filing a police report. She said she was not seeking money, but wanted the Church to know about its predator priests and to encourage other victims to come forward.
||Holy Family had a school with 220 boys and 242 girls.
Alter was succeeded as Cincinnati archbishop by Paul Francis Leibold (1969-1972.)
||St. Christopher's had a school with 177-81 boys and 144-75 girls.
Archbishop of Cincinnati was Joseph Louis Bernardin (1972-1982), followed by Daniel Edward Pilarczyk (1982-2009).
||Holy Cross (Lithuanian)
Katarskis died December 20, 1993.
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Sources: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1949-1995).
• Rev. Vaclovas Katarskis, findagrave.com, accessed January 16, 2017
• Woman Accuses Dead Priest of Sex Abuse, By Kennan Oliphant, WDTN, June 25, 2010
• Woman Claims Area Priest Abused Her 50 Years Ago, By Jeremy P. Kelley, Dayton Daily News, June 26, 2010
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This assignment record was last updated on January 17, 2017.