NEWARK, N.J. — In the 18 months since the archdiocese began marketing headstones, some headstone dealers saw business drop off by 40 percent.
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(RNS) A lawyer for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton told justices that the Rev. Terence McAlinden was not “on duty” — or serving in his capacity as a priest — when he allegedly molested Chris Naples on trips to Delaware.
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) The Archdiocese of Newark became the first cemetery operator in New Jersey, religious or otherwise, to enter the lucrative headstone business in April of last year.
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) The Archdiocese of Newark in recent years quietly entered the headstone and mausoleum business, a lucrative venture for which the archdiocese acknowledges it must pay a particular state tax. So far, it hasn’t paid a penny.
(RNS) Michael Fugee, 53, who attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors despite signing a court-sanctioned decree forbidding such activities, is no longer a priest.
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Parishioners, infuriated by Archbishop John J. Myers’ addition to a lavish retirement home, say they’re cutting off contributions entirely or sharply curtailing them.
(RNS) The new wing, now just a wood frame, will include an indoor exercise pool, a hot tub, three fireplaces, a library and an elevator, among other amenities, according to blueprints and permits.
(RNS) The Rev. Ray Leonard, 51, bristled at the U.S. government when it told him he couldn’t hold services at a Georgia naval base during last month’s government shutdown. So he sued.
(RNS) “If something like this were to ever happen again, I have no intention of relying on the archdiocese to monitor these priests,” said Prosecutor John L. Molinelli. “It was clear to us that future monitoring was just not going to happen.”
RUTHERFORD, N.J. (RNS) Monsignor Peter Cheplic is one of at least seven alleged sexual predators quietly placed in a Rutherford retirement home for priests in the past 15 years — on the same block as a Catholic grade school. This is hardly an isolated case: Across the country, clerics who have been removed from ministry are being housed by dioceses in neighborhoods teeming with children, and residents rarely know about their presence.