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

By Charles Topher - Church and State (website challenging religious privilege in public life)
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.

This BBSNews article was syndicated from Home, and written by Shakak Manteq. Read the original article here.

Shakak Manteq

Shakak Manteq is from Tehran, Iran and is the founder of Iranian Atheists & Agnostics.
  • Michael Elmer

    This is an outrage. The whole archdiocese needs to be removed. This attitude shows the deep corruption and absolute loss of contact with realty in the upper levels of the Catholic Church.
    If I was a juror in a liability trial, I would vote for a billion dollar judgement based on this testimony.
    The Catholic Church must get rid of any priest up to and including Bishops and Cardinals that can not stand up and completely disavow any of this testimony and attitudes shown here.

    I personally have not set foot in a Catholic Church in over 30 years and will never again.
    This is corruption so deep that it is unforgivable. But the church will let these priests confess and then continue with these acts as if nothing has happened.

    • I agree. I think there should be some sort of truth and reconciliation commission to get it all sorted out and to regain at least some sort of credibility for the church.