Fr. Christopher John Cunningham

Ordained: 1989
Status: Charged

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Removed from parish 3/04, no explanation. Sent to another by Cardinal Mahoney. Had been outspoken critic of Mahoney’s handling of sex abuse cases. Removed 2006 from active ministry. Included on list quietly posted on archdiocese website 1/13 of credibly accused. Per 5/7/15 lawsuit, abuse in 2001-02 of a 12-13 year-old boy. Per suit, Cunningham often had boys with him in his living quarters. Settled 1/19. Accused in 2017 suit of abuse of 4 boys, ages 10-15, mid-1990s-early 2000s at 3 parishes; suit claims reports made to superiors in each case, to no avail. Cunningham denied all allegations. In 11/17 was found to be psychologist with youth counseling specialty in RI. Arrested in 4/21 in RI, charged with sex assault in ’90s-early 2000s of 4 L.A. children. Pled not guilty 4/30/21.


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