Charles Victor Grahmann

Charles Victor Grahmann (July 15, 1931 – August 14, 2018) was an American Roman Catholic bishop who served as the sixth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas.

Charles Victor Grahmann
Bishop Emeritus of Dallas
ChurchRoman Catholic
ArchdioceseSan Antonio
AppointedDecember 9, 1989 (Coadjutor)
InstalledJuly 14, 1990
Term endedMarch 6, 2007
PredecessorThomas A. Tschoepe
SuccessorKevin Farrell
OrdinationMarch 17, 1956
by Robert Emmet Lucey
ConsecrationAugust 20, 1981
by Patrick Flores, Sidney Matthew Metzger, and John Louis Morkovsky
Personal details
Born(1931-07-15)July 15, 1931
Hallettsville, Texas, U.S.
Died14 August 2018(2018-08-14) (aged 87)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Previous postAuxiliary Bishop of San Antonio
Bishop of Victoria
MottoTo walk humbly with your God
Styles of
Charles Victor Grahmann
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop


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]

See alsoEdit


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

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