NJ archbishop wary of pacts on priest oversight

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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