Fr. William J. Kuder

Ordained: 1933
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Charlotte NC

Accused in 1995 of sexually abusing a boy, ages 9-13, beginning in 1952, at St. Joan of Arc in Asheville. The abuse included oral and anal rape. Kuder was said to have driven the boy to rectories 20 and 50 miles away, where he made the boy go to the door alone to seek confession for “sex with a priest.” He said Kuder threatened him with eternal damnation if he broke the seal of confession. The boy’s two brothers said Kuder similarly abused them at ages 9-13. In 1995 he persuaded Bishop Curlin to apologize to the parish. Curlin acknowledged the abuse of many children by Kuder, who has been referred to as a serial pedophile. Kuder died 8/31/60, before the Charlotte diocese was created from the Raleigh diocese, which until 1971 comprised all of NC. On the Raleigh diocese’s list in 10/18. On the Charlotte diocese’s list 12/29/19.

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