Rev. Lawrence Kuntz, c.r.

Summary of Case: In a 2004 lawsuit an 83-year-old man man said that he was molested as a child in 1928 by "Father Lawrence" at St. Cecilia Church. The archdiocese says that Fr. Lawrence Kuntz worked at St. Cecilia from 1928 to 1935. He died in 1952. This plaintiff did not filed suit against Archdiocese but was one of three plaintiffs in a class action suit filed in 2004 against the Vatican. The case was dropped in August 2010.   

: 1928
Died: 1952 


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Louisville bishop was John Alexander Floersh (1924-1967)

1935 St. Cecilia's


Kuntz was named in a 2004 lawsuit against the Vatican by an 83-year-old man who stated that he was molested as a little boy in 1928 by Kuntz at St. Cecilia's school library. He said he told his mother, who confronted Kuntz' supervisor. (Courier-Journal June 5, 2004) The Courier-Journal
August 2, 2007


4/4, 3/4, 2/4

St. Cecilia's had a school with 650-798 students.

Kuntz is indexed as at St. Cecilia's in the 1936 Directory, but is not listed there in the Louisville diocesan pages. The 1935 Directory is the last in which his name is indexed.

The lawsuit against the Vatican was dropped in August 2010. (Courier-Journal, August 13, 2010)

Kuntz died in 1952. (The Courier-Journal
August 2, 2007)

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1929-1936)

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