Seventy-nine victim-survivors of sexual abuse by clergy have settled their claims and received compensation totaling $10,922,500 through the Diocese of Syracuse’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP), the diocese has announced.
The Catholic Sun asked the diocese’s Chancellor and Director of Communications Danielle Cummings and its Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer John Barsanti about how the diocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program will be funded.
In the days preceding the announcement of the diocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, the Catholic Sun was able to submit questions about the program to Bishop Cunningham. The answers he provided follow.
Bishop Cunningham celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Feb. 14, 2018, the day the diocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program was announced. The following is the prepared text of the homily he delivered at that Mass.
Bishop Cunningham’s message to the people of the Diocese of Syracuse: ‘Please join me in prayer that this new effort will bring reconciliation, forgiveness, hope, and healing to all so deeply affected’
“Today I announce the establishment of an Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) here in the Diocese of Syracuse. The IRCP is designed to offer reparation, promote reconciliation, and further healing to those individuals who have been sexually abused by members of our clergy.”
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