More heat in New Jersey. And a question: is Archbishop Myers a liar? Mark Silk raises this question at RNS.
This is bad, bad, bad, and getting worse for the Newark archbishop. From the archdiocesan web page:
Following the Memorandum of Understanding, the Archdiocese did not assign Fr. Fugee to any post involving ministry with minors. His assignments were supervised administrative positions located at the Archdiocesan Center in Newark.
Not true. Let’s click them off: that hospital which pulled the plug on chaplaincy when they found out Michael Fugee’s history. Plus this comment from a Newark Catholic:
Fugee was also living at a rectory in Rochelle Park, Bergen County (“In residence”) and also saying Mass as a fill-in around the 4 counties of the AD. So yes, total, utter lies. They have so many stories going now, I don’t think they can keep their lies straight on this one anymore.
“Utter lies” from an archbishop. This story has no nice ending.
More from Professor Silk:
Yesterday, meanwhile, (Newark Star-Ledger‘s Mark Mueller) reported that Fugee had been engaged in youth ministry at a parish in Nutley. This time, Mueller could elicit no comment from Archbishop John J. Myers’ spokesman, Jim Goodness. Which, I suppose, is a step forward for the archdiocese.
Nobody in Newark talking: that’s an improvement?
Father John Bambrick, a Trenton priest, is harshly critical of the prelate:
Essentially, Archbishop Myers has erased 10 years of hard work by the church in the United States to ensure people are safe. He has called into question the integrity of all of us who work so hard to ensure the safety of children, and it’s really disheartening.
The person who caused all this upset is Archbishop Myers, and he’s still in office. It seems like the archbishop needs to take responsibility for his own actions, as everyone else has in this crisis.
I’m giving it another week. I don’t think the US bishops are up to the strain of another brother circling the drain. And taking 200 of them with him.
Legal machinery is in motion from the pre-Newark assignment in Peoria. This is a no-brainer, even for Archbishop Dolan. Somebody calls up Archbishop Myers and they tell him he takes one for the team. I’m sure the call has already been made. If somebody hasn’t done it yet, then we can likely chalk up the last fifteen-some years of episcopal appointments in the US as a near total loss.