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Emilio Lorenzo Stehle

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Emil Stehle, 1977

Emilio Lorenzo Stehle (September 9, 1926 – May 16, 2017) was a German cleric who served as a Catholic bishop in Ecuador.

Born in Germany, Stehle was ordained to the priesthood in 1951. Stehle served as auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Quito, Ecuador, from 1983 to 1986. He then served as bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santo Domingo de los Colorados from 1987 to 2002.[1]

Stehle died on May 16, 2017.

When journalistic investigations revealed in 2021 that Stehle had used the office to facilitate the escape of priests accused of abusing minors, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hildesheim commissioned an investigation. Moreover, allegations of abuse against Stehle himself have shocked Germany.[2] Stehle also allegedly facilitated the transfer of accused priests from Germany to Latin America.[3]


  1. ^ Emilio Lorenzo Stehle.
  2. ^ A German priest gave refuge in Ecuador to at least 23 priests accused of child abuse in other countries Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  3. ^ "German Bishop, Accused of Abuse, Found to Have Helped Wanted Pedophile Priests Escape to Latin America". National Catholic Register. 8 August 2022. Retrieved 9 August 2022.