Rev. Charles W. Walter

Summary of Case: Walter's name was on a list released in 2004 by the Milwaukee archdiocese of 43 priests with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of minors against them. He has since been listed on the archdiocesan website as "fully restricted from priestly ministry".

: 1974

Retired: 1999


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Milwaukee archbishop was William Edward Cousins (1958-1977)

1977 St. George's Kenosha WI 2/3, 2/2 Parish had a school with 318-310 students.


Cousins was succeeded by Rembert George Weakland, O.S.B. (1977-2002)

1984 St. Francis De Sales Prep. Seminary High School/Call to Ministry Program Milwaukee WI Faculty member; Dean of Students 1978-1979; Associate Director 1979-1980; Residency Director 1980-1984. The school had 145-48 students.
1984 1987 St. Dominic Brookfield WI 2/3 Parish had a school with 198-184.
1987 1993 St. Francis Cabrini West Bend WI 1/2 Parish had a school with 358-396 students, and a religious education program with 685 students.
1993 1994 On Leave        
1994 1999 Sick Leave        


Weakland was replaced by Timothy Michael Dolan (2002-2009), followed by Jerome Edward Listecki (2009-)

2003 Retired Pompano Beach FL   Walter is not indexed in the Directories beyond 2003. He has been listed on the archdiocesan website since 2004 as "fully restricted from priestly ministry", due to substantiated allegations against him of child sexual abuse. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel [Wisconsin]
July 10, 2004) That status remained in March 2012.


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1975-2003)

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This assignment record was last updated on March 12, 2012