Out: Fr. Fugee agrees to leave priesthood

Details:  A Roman Catholic priest who was criminally charged with violating a court order to stay away from children earlier this year has agreed to his permanent removal from the priesthood and to never work in a position that places him in contact with minors. The agreement between the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the [Read More...]

Newark Shuts Down Publication of Archdiocesan Newspaper

Another voice falls silent. Details, from a statement released last week: Dear Readers, The June 19, 2013 edition of The Catholic Advocate is the last one that you will receive in the mail or pick up at the back of the church after Mass. For a number of years now, we have struggled to manage [Read More...]

When Catholic schools close

From The Record in Northern New Jersey comes this lengthy look at why Catholic schools are closing, and the impact on communities: Padre Pio Academy in Hackensack will close its doors this year, following Assumption Academy in Emerson, which was shuttered in 2012. The Archdiocese of New York plans to close 24 schools in June. And nationwide, nearly [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...]

Crying foul: Catholic school changes policy, opens no-cursing pledge to boys

  An update on a story from the weekend.   From our Potty Mouth Desk:  Days after a coed Catholic school made headlines for asking only its girls to take a pledge to stop cursing, it administered the oath Monday to some boys who sought equal opportunity. Some staff members at Queen of Peace High [Read More...]

NJ lawmaker introduces “Death With Dignity Act,” allowing patients to kill themselves

Hot on the heels of this news from the Netherlands comes another item from much closer to home. From the Newark Star-Ledger: A state lawmaker says it’s time for New Jersey to openly discuss the most difficult of topics: whether terminally ill patients should be allowed to decide how and when they die. Assemblyman John [Read More...]

Archbishop Myers: Catholics who dissent from teaching on marriage should not receive communion — UPDATED

He made the assertion as part of a major pastoral letter released yesterday. From The Record newspaper: In a sweeping pastoral statement to be made public today, the leader of more than 1 million North Jersey Catholics urges them to vote “in defense of marriage and life,” and warns that the passage of same-sex marriage [Read More...]

A shore thing: Philadelphia sells vacation home for priests

Details:  A vacation house at the South Jersey shore used by generations of elderly priests was sold at auction by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for $4.5 million Sept. 15. Steve and Ilene Berger of Newtown Square won the bidding at $4.125 million for Villa St. Joseph by the Sea, a 19-room, 9,800-square-foot mansion in Ventnor, [Read More...]

Jersey jolt: most Catholics in survey say Jesus sinned

The bishop of Camden is troubled by these findings — and with good reason: South Jersey Catholics know less about their faith and are less committed to its practice than their neighbors in other Christian denominations, according to a new survey that Bishop Joseph Galante calls “troubling.” It found that the Diocese of Camden’s 500,000 [Read More...]

God's green earth: NJ parish first in nation to be certified "green"

Here’s an unusual distinction for a Catholic parish, whose members are taking their call to be stewards of the earth very seriously: “We are called to care for Creation.” said Fr. Bob Stagg of The Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River, NJ. Presentation is the first Catholic parish nationwide to be accepted into [Read More...]