October 28, 2005

Victims Renew Call forAbuse Tracker Database of Clergy Abusers


By Jeff Diamant
Religion News Service

Amid all the disturbing tales of priests being charged with sexually abusing minors, stories about Nicholas Cudemo stand out.

A grand jury report on clergy sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, released last month, revealed Cudemo had been accused of abusing 16 minors, raping an 11-year-old and helping her get an abortion. He was laicized -- formally dismissed from the clergy -- in June after four decades as a priest in eastern Pennsylvania.

Despite that Vatican action, which was publicized, Cudemo presided in July at a baptism at Christ the King Church in Haddonfield, N.J., where the resident priest did not know his status.

Posted by kshaw at October 28, 2005 07:03 PM