Charles Victor Grahmann

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Charles Victor Grahmann
Bishop Emeritus of Dallas
Church Roman Catholic
Archdiocese San Antonio
Diocese Dallas
Appointed December 9, 1989 (Coadjutor)
Installed July 14, 1990
Term ended March 6, 2007
Predecessor Thomas A. Tschoepe
Successor Kevin Farrell
Ordination March 17, 1956
Consecration August 20, 1981
by Patrick Flores, Sidney Matthew Metzger, and John Louis Morkovsky
Personal details
Born (1931-07-15) July 15, 1931 (age 87)
Hallettsville, Texas
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio
Bishop of Victoria
Motto To work humbly with your God
Styles of
Charles Victor Grahmann
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Charles Victor Grahmann (born July 15, 1931 in Hallettsville, Texas) served as the sixth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas, Texas and is now retired.


On March 17, 1956 Grahmann was ordained as a priest in San Antonio, Texas. He was named Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio on June 30, 1981 by Pope John Paul II, with the titular see of Equilium.

The Pope appointed him the first bishop of the newly created Diocese of Victoria, Texas on April 13, 1982.[1]

In 1989, Grahmann was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas, Texas, and he became Bishop of Dallas on July 14, 1990.[2]

During his tenure, the scandal of Rudolph Kos, a pedophile priest of the Dallas Diocese, came up. Bishop Grahmann and his predecessor were held not to have investigated the allegations against Kos and of trying to cover things up. On July 10, 1998 the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas settled their appeal of a $120 million court verdict and agreed to pay $23.4 million to eight former altar boys and the relatives of a ninth who had claimed they were sexually abused by Kos.[3] Bishop Grahmann issued a written apology when this settlement was announced, saying, "To the victims and their families, I once again want to apologize on behalf of the diocese. Based on what we know now, the decisions made concerning Rudy Kos were errors in human judgment. I regret very much what happened, and I am deeply sorry for your pain".[3]

On July 15, 2006, his 75th birthday, Grahmann offered the Vatican his letter of resignation as bishops are traditionally invited to do at that age.[4] He continued to serve until April 30, 2007, and his successor, former Washington, D.C. Auxiliary Bishop Kevin Farrell, was installed as the new Bishop on May 1, 2007.[5]

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  1. ^ "Diocese of Victoria, United States". Giga-Catholic Information. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  2. ^ "Diocese of Dallas, United States". GCatholic. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  3. ^ a b Cropper, Carol Marie (July 11, 1998). "A Diocese Settles a Case Of Sex Abuse". New York Times. New York City. 
  4. ^ "Apostolorum Successores". Chapter IX, para. 225. Congregation for Bishops. 2004. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  5. ^ "The Sixth Bishop of Dallas". Diocese of Dallas. Archived from the original on August 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Thomas Ambrose Tschoepe
Bishop of Dallas
Succeeded by
Kevin Farrell
Preceded by
First Bishop
Bishop of Victoria
Succeeded by
David Eugene Fellhauer
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio
Succeeded by