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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  • Mike Mccormick
    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 .
  • Iain Pattison
    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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