NY Bishop Rape Shames Abuse Victims: Boys Are ‘Culpable’ For Their Actions At 7 Years Old

By Charles Topher | 16 September 2015
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Syracuse Bishop Robert Cunningham testified in an abuse case that, in the eyes of the Church, the boys who were molested are also at fault.

Bishop Robert Cunningham of the diocese of Syracuse, NY doesn’t think priests should take all of the blame for decades, if not centuries, of sexual abuse against young boys. According to Cunningham, the “age of reason” in the Catholic church is seven, so those boys are culpable for their actions.

The shocking statement came during testimony that was recently released from a deposition for a federal lawsuit. Charles Bailey, a survivor of a priest’s abuse, asked then-Bishop James Moynihan whether the church held children victims partly responsible for sexual abuse from priests . “(Bishop) Moynihan said that right to my face – ‘The age of reason is 7, so if you’re at least 7 you’re culpable for your actions.’ That kind of floored me,” said Bailey.

Obviously, the sentiment isn’t something one Bishop believes, but a broader excuse used to cover for the guilt of sexual predators.

The “age of reason” may be seven years old, but that in no way makes it the “age it’s the kid’s fault he was raped.” According to church doctrine, seven is the age a child should understand the difference between right and wrong. It’s also the age a child is eligible for communion.

A spokesman for the diocese has been trying to defend the bishop, saying that his statements in a deposition don’t mean he believes children are responsible for being raped and that it was “unfair to use the deposition to characterize his position otherwise.”

“Unfair may not quite cut it where this man is concerned. When pressed on the issue, he said it wasn’t his place to know how much guilt was on the victim’s hands. The simple answer, “none,” became another distorted version of reality that somehow makes it at least partially a child’s fault when a priest abuses him.

“Well, I mean, without knowing the circumstances completely, did the boy encourage, go along with (it) in any way?” Cunningham asked. The lawyer asked Cunningham if he could imagine any circumstance in which a 14- or 15-year-old boy could be held responsible in the eyes of the church when a priest asks him to engage in sex.

“Obviously, what the priest did was wrong,” Cunningham said. “You’re asking me if the young man had any culpability, and I can’t judge that.”

Actually, you can judge that. Anyone can judge that. What happened is priests used their influence and position as “messengers of God” to force children to comply with their perverted sexual desires. In the very least they were forced to make adult decisions they didn’t have the capacity to make. This bishop and all the priests he defended with this mindless argument betrayed the trust of the parishioners and especially the children of the Diocese of Syracuse.

Charles Bailey has circulated a petition he intends to present to Pope Francis in Philadelphia during his visit to remove Bishop Cunningham as the head of the church there.

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485 COMMENTS

  1. They are cloistered young vieral men that are deprived of sexual release as one of their vows to God. They hide behind their frocks their cloisterd dorm rooms and private worship As A catholic scool boy I have learned that one of our ” Brothers” after being transferred to a parish was exposed as a pedophile. I wonder if he was transfered once discovered in the all boy school setting…just pass him on. Many times we would go on mission retreats to meet with more older religious pius men in their prime
    20-30’s makes you wonder what was really going on. Hmm.
    Not to imply all the staff had homosexual tendencies but statistics show that a percentage of men in an age group put togeter there will be a number of latent homosexuals in the group.Hell in High School we had a Brother that taught English and sat behind his desk and litterly humped his desk while lecturing No this is not my gay imagination my straight friends also to this day remember this as a fact. I wonder what happened to him and what poor parish he got transferred to.I have a memory of being felt up while learning to play the organ all alone in the chapel with Brother no name .I hope he grew out of it or truly found God. but I doubt it.I truly believe that this has been going on in the church from the begining of time and because of the churches wealth the hierarchy must put up a cloud to hide behind their stage performance is a grand one. They should really be taxed as there is a seperation of state and church imagine the income that the government would collect just on income tax not to mention state land tax talk about teachers being under paid here is a bunch of funding!! Charge and jail those priests that have molested our children ruined their minds made their lives horrible and actually taken them away from the church. It starts right at the top where the Pope and his Bishops cardinals and priest’s are all involved in the great cover up for centuries even the sisterhood and brotherhood staff and employees of the Church are all or mostly have a hand in the grand cover up of Child Molestation How Can this Guy say that children can consent to being molested by priests at 7 years old because they are priests,is disgusting these men of God are hiding their true sexuality that they can’t come to terms with
    And hide behind the frock.

  2. How I long to hear a true story where a teenager or even a seminarian kicked in the groin his would-be clerical seducer real hard! Nowadays you have to tell a child not to allow even a cleric to touch his/her private parts, no matter what they say!

  3. What’s horrific is that a person with this mindset is allowed to be a bishop, never mind being ordained a priest. There is something very rotten in the upper ranks of the clergy which is allowing this to go unchallenged. He should be made an example of! No wonder so many people are leaving the church.

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