Syracuse's Catholic bishop, sexual abuse and the harm that words can do
By Editorial Board, September 18, 2015, Syracuse.com
Adding insult to abomination, the Catholic bishop of Syracuse testified in 2011 that a child sexually abused by a priest was "culpable'' and "an accomplice'' in his own victimization.
Bishop Robert Cunningham's stinging words, spoken as he was questioned for a lawsuit filed by the victim of the abuse, were reported Sept. 13 by Syracuse.com and The Post-Standard.
They sent a wave of shock and horror through the community of Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
The bishop was quick to issue a public letter attempting to clarify his views. "Victims of abuse are never at fault!'' he wrote. ". . . It is obvious . . . "