Remembering Roman Catholic Bishop Moynihan

Mar 10, 2017

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York will preside over the funeral mass Friday for retired Bishop James Moynihan at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse. During his tenure, Moynihan oversaw many of the biggest issues facing the Catholic Church in the past two decades.  

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Moynihan's body was brought to the cathedral on Thursday. Following Friday's funeral, Moynihan will be buried in the Cathedral crypt in Syracuse.

Moynihan served as bishop of the Syracuse diocese for 14 years, ordained in 1995. He raised tens of millions of dollars for the diocese and started a fund to assist with Catholic school tuition. He promoted the right to life by leading prayerful processions to Planned Parenthood.

In 2003, Moynihan publicly apologized for the clergy sex abuse scandal. He traveled to Africa and Poland to recruit priests for the diocese. And he went to the Vatican in 2005 for the beatification of Blessed Marianne Cope who later became the first saint of the Diocese of Syracuse. He retired as bishop in 2009.