Syracuse's Catholic bishop, sexual abuse and the harm that words can do

Syracuse's Catholic bishop, sexual abuse and the harm that words can do

By Editorial Board, September 18, 2015,


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 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 . . . "

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  • commented 2015-10-05 19:34:51 -0500
    Bishop Cunningham of Syracuse is in Ireland at the moment . Presumably recovering from his PR.scandal He starts off his Catholic Sun article "When I was with the Pope in Philadelphia-Our problem as laity and yes clergy too is that we have no means of removing these men . Until we find a way I’m afraid the good old boys network will rule the day and very little healing will take place.Cunningham has been in the seminary since 8th grade-a victim of the institution and clerical culture which is sociopathic by nature-Eugene Kennedy .
  • commented 2015-09-19 04:30:06 -0500
    Good post SNAP.
    It’s amazing that some people are actually defending this sicko Cunningham.
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