Officials for the Diocese of Syracuse have released a list of 57 priests credibly accused of sexual abuse. Similar lists have been released by dioceses around the country. The Syracuse list includes 57 clergy members, including 38 who are reported to have died. None are active in the ministry. Allegations go back to the 1950s, the Binghamton Press reports.
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Bishop Robert Cunningham of the Syracuse Diocese originally refused to publish such a list, but ultimately relented. "Upon serious reflection and prayer, I have concluded that this practice has become a roadblock to moving our local Church forward," he said, taking the lead from dioceses across the nation that are committing themselves to greater transparency.
In February 2018, Bishop Cunningham established the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program to pay out compensation claims to around 70 sexual abuse survivors who were abused by around 40 priests. Settlements are being funded through the diocese's liability insurance fund. The diocese has sent 84 claims packets to people so far.
Since the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program was founded, the Diocese of Syracuse has received new allegations of childhood sexual abuse. Bishop Cunningham is considering an expansion of the compensation program to account for these new cases.
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