Fr. Walter M. Emala

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Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Memphis TN

Diocese of Nashville knew in at least 1959 of Emala’s behavior with boys. In the 1960s parents were told to by diocesan official to keep their boys away from him. Given an ultimatum in 1968 to leave TN on an extended leave of absence or retire and leave TN. Emala went on leave and to Baltimore MD. (The Memphis diocese was created from Nashville in 1970.) Removed in 1975 from Baltimore assignment after accusation of child sexual abuse. Went to Wilmington DE with recommendation from Memphis Bishop Dozier. Multiple individuals alleged sexual abuse by him 1970s-80s. Included on 9/02 Baltimore list. Died 2/20/08 in Baltimore. Name included on Harrisburg diocese’s list 8/1/18, noted to have been seen kissing a minor on the lips in the early 1980s. On Knoxville’s list as of 3/6/20. (Knoxville diocese was created from Nashville in 1988.)


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