Fr. William J. Kuder – Diocese of Charlotte

Father William J. Kuder

Diocese of Raleigh/Diocese of Charlotte
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Ordained: 1936

Died: 1960

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1935-1936 St. Paul’s (New Bern, NC)
  • 1935-1936 St. Joseph’s (Clayton, NC)
  • 1935-1936 St. Luke’s (Holy Springs, NC)
  • 1936-1939 Greensboro, NC
  • 1938-1939 St. Joseph of the Hills (Leaksville-Spray, NC)
  • 1939-1940 Leave of Absence 
  • 1942-1949 St. Lucien’s (Spruce Pine, NC)
  • 1948-1949 St. Patricia’s (Linville, NC)
  • 1949-1960 St. Joan of Arc (Asheville, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father William J. Kuder:

In 1995, a man reported to the Charlotte Diocese that Father William Kuder sexually abused him at St. Joan of Arc over the course of four years. The alleged abuse began when the man was 9-years-old in 1952, when St. Joan of Arc was part of the Diocese of Raleigh. The man also claimed that after the abuse, Kuder would drive him to rectories 20 and 50 miles away to confess his ‘sin’ of sex with a priest. Kuder would also threaten the boy with eternal damnation if he broke the seal of confession.

After coming forward, the victim said that he had heard from 10 more victims of Kuder, according to media reports. His two brothers also allege they too were abused by Kuder when they were ages 9-13.

William Kuder died in 1960 as a priest in good standing. His name appears on the Raleigh Diocese’s list of credibly accused priests as of October 2018. 

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