Bishop J. Kendrick Williams

Ordained: 1963
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Louisville KY

Bishop of Lexington when he resigned in 2002 after accusations by three former altar boys that he abused them when a priest of the Louisville archdiocese. Accused of abuse of another altar boy while working in the Covington diocese. Archdiocese later settled with the three men as part of a $25.7M settlement with 243 plaintiffs. No criminal charges filed. Removed from public ministry. On Louisville archdiocese’s list in 2/19. On the Lexington diocese’s list in 8/20. Case referred to the Vatican.

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