Bishop Paul V. Dudley

Ordained: 1951
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

In 5/02, Dudley, who was the retired Bishop of the Sioux Falls, SD diocese, was accused of fondling an altar boy in a Minneapolis church in the 1950s. Dudley denied the charges. The man said he was 11 or 12 when the abuse occurred. Two women also complained that he had molested them years previously. Church investigation found no evidence to support the complaints. Retained active status. Died 11/06 at age 79.


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