Newark hires high-profile criminal defense attorney

Details:  The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark has hired Michael Critchley, a high-profile criminal defense lawyer, as prosecutors continue to investigate recent activities of a priest who allegedly molested a 13-year-old boy more than a decade ago. In another development on Wednesday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the New York archbishop who wields enormous influence among bishops [Read More...]

Newark’s Fr. Fugee resigns

Frank Weathers has the scoop:  The Roman Catholic priest at the center of a public furor enveloping Newark Archbishop John J. Myers has resigned from ministry, a spokesman for the archdiocese said tonight. The Rev. Michael Fugee, who attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors in defiance of a lifetime ban on such behavior, [Read More...]


That’s how one parishioner in this post by Frank Weathers describes the story behind this picture. It shows a priest who confessed to groping a teenager in 2001 evidently having a very good time in 2010. With teenagers. Details: Amid calls for a Vatican investigation, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers came under fierce criticism Monday [Read More...]

Report: priest who admitted to groping teenager continues to work with children

You may remember the story of Newark’s Fr. Michael Fugee from February.  Now, an update from the Newark Star-Ledger:  Six years ago, to avoid retrial on charges that he groped a teenage boy, the Rev. Michael Fugee entered a rehabilitation program, underwent counseling for sex offenders and signed a binding agreement that would dictate the [Read More...]

Parish plans to rededicate memorial to sex abuse victims after it was vandalized

Here’s something you don’t hear about often: a Catholic parish has erected a memorial to victims of clergy sex abuse.  (Commonly known as the “Millstone Memorial,” it’s pictured above.) But the memorial has had a troubled history.  Details:  A date has been set to rededicate a monument to child victims of church sex abuse that [Read More...]

Pope Francis urges CDF to “act decisively” on cases of sexual abuse

Details from CNS: Pope Francis reaffirmed the importance of responding decisively to the problem of the sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy and called on the Vatican office dealing with suspected cases to continue carrying out its mandate. During an April 5 meeting with Archbishop Gerhard L. Muller, prefect of the Congregation [Read More...]

BREAKING: Cardinal O’Brien resigns

Details from the BBC: Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, is stepping down as the Archbishop of St Andrew’s and Edinburgh. It follows allegations – which he contests – of inappropriate behaviour towards priests dating from the 1980s. The Vatican is expected to confirm Pope Benedict has accepted his resignation. The cardinal [Read More...]

Bombshell: Cardinal O’Brien of Scotland accused of “inappropriate behavior” by four priests

After making big news Friday, with his call for a married priesthood, Scotland’s Cardinal Keith O’Brien is now making headlines again— and the news is a stunner: Britain’s most senior Catholic clergyman, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, has been reported to the Vatican for inappropriate sexual behaviour. Three priests and one former priest have sent statements to the [Read More...]

Cardinal Roger Mahony, scapegoat

In his own words:  [Fr. Ron Rolheiser] calls our suffering what it really is:  painful and public humiliation, which is spiritually a grace-opportunity.  I have tried to live out–poorly and inadequately far too often–his two implications of humiliation: 1.   the acceptance of being scapegoated, pointing out the necessary connection between humiliation and redemption; 2.   this scandal [Read More...]

Cardinal Roger Mahony, Suffering Servant

Seriously? Mark Shea drew my attention to the cardinal’s blog post yesterday, in which the archbishop of Los Angeles continues his Lenten meditation on, well, himself. From the cardinal’s blog:  The poem of the Suffering Servant is important for all of us who are disciples of Jesus Christ since we are called to imitate his words, [Read More...]