- Jul 15, 2020
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert J. Cunningham of Syracuse, New York, and has named as his successor Father Douglas J. Lucia, a priest of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, New York, who is a pastor and diocesan director of vocations and seminarians.
In the spirit of Advent as a season of hope, Syracuse Bishop Robert J. Cunningham said he hoped the Dec. 3 release of a list of clergy credibly accused of abusing minors over the past 70 years would bring “some peace and healing” to those directly affected and to the faith community at large.
Church leaders voiced their closeness to victims of a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas on Friday, calling Catholics to pray for all those affected.
The Syracuse diocese of the Catholic Church is establishing a reconciliation program for survivors of clergy sexual abuse.