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NJ archbishop wary of pacts on priest oversight



Published: Tue, June 25, 2013 @ 2:48 p.m.

NJ archbishop wary of pacts on priest oversight

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Roman Catholic archbishop of Newark, N.J., says the church is unlikely to enter into any new agreements with civil authorities that hold it responsible for supervising priests on restricted duty.

Archbishop John Myers’ comments came in an interview appearing today in the National Catholic Register.

He was questioned about the church’s handling of the case of the Rev. Michael Fugee, a priest who violated a court agreement with the diocese barring him from contact with children.

Myers tells the Catholic newspaper the church would not enter into future agreements that place a “burden” on the church. He says the state has more resources.

Fugee, who had admitted groping a child, is no longer functioning as a priest and is charged with seven counts of contempt of a judicial order.


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1JudyJones(148 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

quoted: “The average person is looking for a black-and-white answer, but there are cases where there are more grays than black and white,” Myers said. -

Does Bishop Myers realize the seriousness of this issue? Yes, it is a black and white answer, Myers and Fugee violated a legal agreement.! Bishop Myers is NOT the law enforcement, even though he seems to take it upon himself to pretend to be the police and the court system. And their church review board is NOT the law enforcement..

Also quoted: ” The archbishop mentioned a pastor who, "due to last-minute need", asked Fugee to hear confessions for a youth retreat." -

A "last minute need to hear confessions for a youth retreat"?.. There is never an emergency so great for an admitted child predator to EVER be allowed to have access to kids. This excuse is outrageous, dangerous, very reckless, and self serving. Hearing confession should NEVER trump keeping an accused child predator away from innocent children.

The archbishop said in the meantime, Fugee is living in a rectory of an "unnamed parish" where he cannot function publicly as a priest.?
This is completely callous and very reckless. Fugee needs to be placed in a secure treatment center, and the public should be advised to his location. Children definitely are not safe in a “charismatic movement parish.”!

It is extremely rare that a child predator has only one victim. Some have many. Child predators need to be kept far away from kids forever, and "the church officials know this".
So let's hope that every person who saw, suspects or may have been harmed by Michael Fugee or anyone within the Newark Archdiocese, will find the courage and strength to speak up and contact police, no matter how long ago it happened.

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

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