- Sep 19, 2020
The Diocese of Syracuse has filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, citing the financial implications of more than 100 lawsuits alleging past child sexual abuse as well as the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
The Daughters of St. Mary of Providence in the Syracuse Diocese, provide a Special Adult Religious Formation Program, better known as SPAR. The apostolate helps those with intellectual disabilities recognize the presence of God in their daily lives and prepare for the sacraments.
The Syracuse diocese of the Catholic Church is establishing a reconciliation program for survivors of clergy sexual abuse.