Nobody In Newark Talking

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.

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4 Responses to Nobody In Newark Talking

  1. John McGrath says:

    They’re desperate for keeping the priest numbers up, or flat lined, rather than down. That also motivate pompous Cardinal Law, whose only desire was to look good in Rome. In other words, the highest morality is to look good in Rome.

    These bishops have been mis-trained in moral reasoning. What does that say?

  2. snapjudy says:

    Where is Bishop R Daniel Conlon? Why is he being so quiet about this issue about Myers not following their own child protection policy. Conlon is supposed to be in charge of the child protection dept within the USCCB.. Or is their whole “zero tolerance child protection decree” really just a PR stunt by the US Bishops?

    So let’s hope that every person who may have knowledge about Archbishop Myers covering up sex crimes and/or anyone who may have been harmed by Michael Fugee, will find the courage and strength to speak up and contact police, no matter how long ago the abuse happened.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com,
    “SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

  3. AB MYERS NEEDS TO GO. HE HAS BEEN MORE INTERESTED IN BEING ADDRESSED AS “YOUR GRACE”, AIR CONDITIONING THE CATHEDRAL AND SPENDING $250,000. TO PUT IN A COMERCIAL KITCHEN AT THE CATHEDRAL RECTORY WHILE REFUSING $ AID TO THE INNER CITY SCHOOLS WHICH HAVE SERVED AS INSTRUEMENTS OF EVANGELIZATION AND OFFERING HOPE TO PEOPLE TRYING TO END THE GRAVE STATES OF POVERTY FROM WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN HELD CAPTIVE FOR TOO LONG. WHAT A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY FOR THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NEWARK WHOSE FORMER ORDINARY, THEODORE MC CARRICK, WAS ALL ABOUT THE M I S S I O N. MYERS IS ALL ABOUT THE $$$$$. HE NEEDS TO FACE UP TO HIS FAILURE AS RELATES TO COMPLIANCE WITH THE DALLAS CHARTER, TRUTHFULLNESS IN SPEECH AND ACTION AND DO A MEDITATIVE READING OF MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE, AND JOHN AND THEN INCORPORATE THE TEACHINGS OF THE MASTER INTO HIS DISMAL ATTEMPT AT MINISTRY.

  4. FrMichael says:

    While I hope that Myers is forced to resign, I do have to say that it is an exaggeration that this scandal undoes 10 years of supposed reform on a national level (i.e. the Dallas Charter). In fact, this is a regional story of a corrupt archbishop. It is a complete non-story in the West. I haven’t heard a single priest or layperson speak about it in diocesan and parochial gatherings. Quite unlike the Cardinal Law saga.

    Solution here is quite simple: indict the archbishop and make him and his chancery rats testify under oath in a civil and/or criminal court process.

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