Assignment Record - Rev. Walter G. Craig

Summary of Case: The diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau announced in January 2013 that Craig was credibly accused of having sexually abused a boy in the mid-1960s at a New Madrid parish. Craig died in 1971.

Incardinated: St. Louis archdiocese/Springfield-Cape Girardeau
Died: 1971


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


St. Louis archbishop was John Joseph Glennon (1903-1946)

  Our Lady of Lourdes St. Louis MO    


Glennon was succeeded by Joseph Elmer Ritter (1946-1967)

1949 St. Ambrose Chaffee MO    
1949 1954 St. Matthew St. Louis MO    


The St. Louis archdiocese split and the diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau was established July 2, 1956. Its first bishop was Charles Herman Helmsing (1956-1962). He was replaced by Ignatius Jerome Strecker (1962-1969).

1967 Immaculate Conception

New Madrid

The Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese announced in Jan. 2013 that Craig was credibly accused of having sexually abused a boy in the mid-1960s, at this parish.

1967   Immaculate Conception Jackson MO pastor  


William Wakefield Baum succeeded Strecker as Springfield-Cape Girardeau bishop (1970-1973)

1971 St. Lawrence New Hamburg MO pastor Craig died in 1971.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, )

Rev. Walter Craig is Transferred, The Southeast Missourian, Dec. 10, 1948
Diocese of Springfield-cape Girardeau Investigates Sex Abuse Allegation, Ozarks First, December 31, 2012
Diocese Investigates Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse, Sikeston Standard Democrat, December 31, 2012
Abuse Case Announced in Missouri Catholic Diocese, Kansas City Star, January 1, 2013
Springfield-cape Girardeau Diocese Announces Sex Abuse Case from 1960s, The News-Leader, January 1, 2013
Former St. Louis Priest Accused of Abuse, St. Louis Review, January 2, 2013
Diocese: Abuse Allegations against Deceased Priest Are "Credible", By Scott Moyers, Southeast Missourian, January 4, 2013
A Brief History of St. Matthews, parish website

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This assignment record was last updated on Jan. 5, 2013