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(RNS) Newark Archbishop John J. Myers is facing fierce criticism for his handling of a priest who attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors in defiance of a court-ordered lifetime ban on ministry to children.

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  1. It would appear that Archbishop John J. Myers may have blatantly broken the law and it is becoming pretty clear that the Newark Archdiocese needs to have a Grand Jury Investigation into how they handle child sex crimes.

    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 has 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)

  2. Most of those who have been abused by priests refer to themselves as “survivors” of clergy sexual abuse. I am a VICTIM through and through. As a priest I was ordained and pledged obedience etc to the hierarchy of the church. My ordination in May 1971 was 9 months after I was raped by a priest at Sacred Heart Parish, Roslindale, MA. I thought that I was a bigger and better person, and that I could bring some good to the people of God in spite of the gross evil I had endured. In the fall of 2001 I experienced a flashback, and in the years that followed I’ve learned that members of the hierarchy EVERYWHERE have covered up and re-victimized victims. As long as ONE of these “men of the cloth” are in positions of authority I remain a VICTIM. I have had to step aside from ministry because in conscience I could not allow myself to represent these bishops/cardinals. I call upon ALL who have any sense of conscience at all to call for Myers’ resignation. The Vatican has left Finn continue on despite his conviction. Until we all raise our voices and shout from the rooftops nothing will change.
    Fr Jim Moran
    CDR, CHC, USNR(ret)

  3. It is strange how a religion based on the virgin conception of the Son of God, no sex before marriage and the damnation of homosexuals is being shamed by problems of bad sexual conduct. Many Caholics, including myself, believe that the sexual restrictions of the Priests, Nuns and other clergy members should be changed to allow them to be free and open about their sexuallity and even allow them to get married. When you have a religion based on forgiveness of sins, it is hard to keep tempting the sinner with their weakness and expect them not to sin again. We live in a world with many people with mental disorders that cannot be cured by simiple therapy. My family has lived as victims of a survivor of clergy abuse who never went for help and has shown various forms of control abuse. The number of victims does not just stop at the one person who was directly abused. When some abused people do not get help, they sometimes become abusers themselves in some way. If you don’t stop the main source of abuse, just think of how many people are impacted in this trickle down effect. I pray for a vote that will help this problem end so the bleeding will stop..

  4. When is this criminal negligence and aiding and abetting of sexual crimes going to stop?

    What is Myers himself into that he protects these animals? He needs to be investigated.

    Who are these “long-time” youth minister friends of this known sex offender that they bring him along on youth retreats? They need to be investigated too.

    What the hell is wrong with the Catholic hierarchy?

    What part of this do they not get?

    I’m beginning to think the only three possible answers to that are a) they’re all pedophiles b) they’re all borderline functional stupid and c) both.

    • St Mary's Parishioner

      As a St. Mary’s Parishioner who just went to the Friday night meeting to address this can state that everyone in charge is simply trying to sweep this under the rug. The youth minister are friend of Fugee and even had him as the best man in their wedding. In their prepared statement given to the parish they only stated the didn’t know about his agreement of not being allowed to hear confession. Nor did they apologize for putting the children at harm. Later when a parishioner told everyone of their relationship with Fugee she asked if they knew about his conviction in which they answered they did but it was overturned, not mentioning on a technicality. They showed no remorse for what they did. They even had the youth group share on their behalf. Many parishioners that work with children were outraged bc they themselves had to get a background check and finger printed for teaching ccd, yet why wasn’t this done with Fugee we all wondered?

      No answers were given, we even asked that the youth ministers step down, most of the parishioners agreed, but some did not. Especially the youth group who stated if they leave, so will they.

      It was a hard thing to watch these poor kids not know what harm they could have been afflicted with because of their leaders poor judgement. It was even harder to see the priests and deacons act as if nothing happened and just wanted to move on. I don’t think anything will be done about this at St. Mary’s and it is a shame that they don’t care enough for their youth to do so.

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