Syracuse Diocese agrees to tell DAs about child-molesting accusations against priests


By John O’Brien |
on October 27, 2015

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Catholic Diocese of Syracuse has signed an agreement with the seven top prosecutors in Central New York to immediately report suspected child-molesting by priests.

Bishop Robert Cunningham signed a “memorandum of understanding,” along with the seven district attorneys in the diocese, that sets out how the diocese will respond to allegations against priests or other religious workers.

No one involved in the agreement is saying what prompted it.

A diocese official would not comment on the document, except to say Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen plans to hold a news conference on Wednesday about it.

None of the seven DAs who signed the document responded to requests for an interview.

Among the terms in the memorandum is that the diocese will immediately refer
child-molesting accusations to the local DA’s office for investigation “regardless of the age of the allegation or whether or not the clergy member or religious is active.”

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