Can The Rule of St. Benedict save inner city schools?

A new documentary evidently makes a persuasive argument:  One of the most astonishing things about how Catholic schools educate kids in our country’s worst neighborhoods is that they’re by and large serving a population that isn’t Catholic. It didn’t have to be this way. In fact, it almost wasn’t. That’s one bottom line of the [Read More...]

Newark’s archbishop building large addition to his retirement home

photo: Mark Mueller/The Star-Ledger From The Newark Star-Ledger:  The 4,500-square-foot home sits on 8.2 wooded acres in the hills of Hunterdon County. With five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a three-car garage and a big outdoor pool, it’s valued at nearly $800,000, records show. But it’s not quite roomy enough for Newark Archbishop John J. Myers. [Read More...]

The pope makes his mark in Newark, “the first truly Francis appointment”

And what is happening in Newark may be telling.  Rocco has everything you need to know,with some wide-ranging analysis: For all the smiles at the cameras and talk of a smooth transition, the difference between Newark Catholicism’s present and future can be boiled down to this: while John Myers prefers to be addressed as “His [Read More...]

NCR: Newark to get a coadjutor archbishop, Hebda from Gaylord

From the National Catholic Reporter:  Pope Francis will appoint a coadjutor archbishop to the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., tomorrow to assist Archbishop John J. Myers in his ministry, NCR has learned. Bernard A. Hebda, 54, currently bishop of Gaylord, Mich., will be named coadjutor archbishop of Newark on Tuesday, sources close to the process have told NCR. Myers [Read More...]

Archbishop Myers Speaks Out on Fugee Case

The Newark prelate gave what appears to be his first interview on the case to Joan Frawley Desmond of the National Catholic Register late last week: Critics of your decision to allow a restricted role for Father Fugee as co-director of the Newark Archdiocese’s Office of Clergy Formation charge that you violated the U.S. bishops’ [Read More...]

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...]

Fugee fallout: Trenton pastor, lay ministers resign

From the Diocese of Trenton website: Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has accepted the resignation of Father Thomas J. Triggs as pastor of St. Mary Parish, Colts Neck, effective immediately. The May 4 resignation follows recent reports that Father Michael Fugee, a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, had assisted in several activities of the [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...]