Rev. George A. Nuedling

Summary of Case: Nuedling has been called a "notorious pedophile" by a Milwaukee church official. The archdiocese received its first report in 1986 that Nuedling had sexually abused a child in the early 1960s. Nuedling admitted the abuse, but was not removed from ministry. He was told to stay away from minors. In 2002 more men came forward with accusations of childhood sexual abuse by Nuedling, and an archdiocesan spokesperson stated that one person had "credible information" regarding 30 or more Nuedling victims. Nuedling resigned from ministry in 1993 after being confronted with another allegation. He died in January 1994.

: 1948

Died: Jan. 29, 1994


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Milwaukee archbishop was Moses Elias Kiley (1940-1953), followed by Albert Gregory Meyer (1953-1958). Meyer was replaced by William Edward Cousins (1958-1977)

1964 St. Rita's

West Allis

A man reported to the archdiocese in 1986 that he, and maybe his brother, were sexually abused by Nuedling in the early 1960s at St. Rita's. (Journal Sentinel Online
June 6, 2002) Nuedling acknowledged the abuse. (Journal Sentinel Online
June 22, 2002)

In 2002 another man told the archdiocese Nuedling had abused him as a child at St. Rita's in the 1960s.

WI 3/3, 2/3, 2/4 Parish had a school with 705-1,488 students.
1964 1967 St. Lawrence's Milwaukee WI 2/3 Parish had a school with 359-313 students.
1967 1968 St. Joseph's Grafton WI 2/2 Parish had a school with 313 students.


Rembert George Weakland, O.S.B. succeeded Cousins (1977-2002)

1993 St. John's

Twin Lakes

In 2002 a man who had been a St. John's parisioner in his teens disclosed to the archdiocese "credible information" that Nuedling had abused 30 or more minors. (Journal Sentinel Online
June 6, 2002)

Lawsuits were filed in 2002 and 2003 on behalf of ten men who claimed to have been sexually abused in the late 1960s and early 1970s by Nuedling, when they were between the ages of 9 and 14. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel [Milwaukee WI]
April 29, 2004)

WI 1/1

The 1994 Directory lists a religious education program with 426 students.

In 1986 Bishop Sklba ordered Nuedling never to be alone with minors after a man reported having been sexually abused by Nuedling as a boy in the 1960s.

Nuedling resigned in 1993 after another person alleged abuse by him. (Journal Sentinel Online
June 6, 2002)

An archdiocesan official told St. John's parishioners at a 2002 meeting that Nuedling was a "notorious pedophile". (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 6, 2002)

Nuedling died Jan. 29, 1994


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1949-1994)

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

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This assignment record was last updated on April 18, 2011

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