Fr. Walter J. Plimmer

Ordained: 1934
Status: Accused

Died: 09/16/1968
Diocese: Diocese of Steubenville OH

Actor on Broadway prior to ordination. Indexed in the 1943 Official Catholic Directory as a U.S. Army chaplain and with the suffix s.s., indicating he was a priest of the Society of St. Sulpice. In 1944 was assigned to a Diocese of Trenton parish. In 1946-47 Plimmer was at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. By 1948 he is shown as a priest of the Diocese of Steubenville, apparently having left his Order. Was a College of Steubenville (run by the T.O.R. order) faculty member and public relations director. First named publicly as accused by the Diocese of Steubenville on its list 10/31/18. Noted to have been suspended from ministry in 1956. A 1959 news article states he was on leave from a Bohemia, NY parish. Died 9/16/68 in Brooklyn, NY. Per his obituary, resigned in 1959 from active parish work, and did mission work in CA, AZ and NM. Included in 3/21 on the Rockville Center diocese’s list of accused, name misspelled “Plimner.” It notes he wasn’t assigned there and that abuse allegedly occurred in a private house, a motel, and on a boat.


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