The Fugee fallout in the Trenton diocese hits a parish. And I offer these illustrative points of comparison:
- Two lay people who were friends of Michael Fugee and who engaged his participation on a youth retreat: fired.
- Pastor who employed the two youth ministers: sabbatical. (see link above)
- Bishop who let admitted sex offender loose without much apparent supervision: the Donohue Defense.
- Cardinal who admitted his role in a scandal of sex and power: exiled.
Granted, not everything has shaken out to a final result. But if you’re keeping score, it’s an interesting card to consider.
On the lay employees’ part, a pretty bone-headed move to be allowing such a priest contact with teens. On the other hand, they didn’t seem to be any less guilty than Archbishop John Myers. So maybe I’ll change my tune regarding his resignation. To be fair, it would seem that the Newark archbishop should be defrocked and laicized. That would about even it up, possibly. And as far as the investment in his education, the Church can wash its hands and say we’ve gotten our money’s worth, eh?
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