Fr. Nicholas V. Cudemo

Ordained: 1963
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Accused of abuse of 11-16 young girls in the 1960s and ’70s. Archdiocese first learned of abuse in 1991. Sued in 1992. Placed on leave 1996. Laicized 3/21/05. Named in Grand Jury report 2/10/11. Cardinal Bevilacqua admitted in 2003 deposition that Cudemo was allowed to remain active because a priest “has rights”; “If we tried to remove him, he could bring action.” Named as diagnosed pedophile in secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. Molloy (released 2/27/12). Discussed in testimony in 2012 trial of Msgr. Lynn.

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