Catholic Coverup of Child Abuse Continues

To listen to the apologists for the Catholic Church, the problem of pedophile priests and the church’s actions in covering up their crimes by moving them from parish to parish is an artifact of the distant past. Not so. The archbishop of Newark is apparently still doing it.

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 remainder of his life as a Roman Catholic priest.

Fugee would not work in any position involving children, the agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office states. He would have no affiliation with youth groups. He would not attend youth retreats. He would not hear the confessions of minors.

But Fugee has openly done all of those things for the past several years through an unofficial association with a Monmouth County church, St. Mary’s Parish in Colts Neck, The Star-Ledger found.

He has attended weekend youth retreats in Marlboro and on the shores of Lake Hopatcong in Mount Arlington, parishioners say. Fugee also has traveled with members of the St. Mary’s youth group on an annual pilgrimage to Canada. At all three locations, he has heard confessions from minors behind closed doors.

What’s more, he has done so with the approval of New Jersey’s highest-ranking Catholic official, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers.

There’s a lot of detail in the article linked above. Remember, this was supposed to have stopped after 2002, when the nation’s bishops agreed to abide by the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. So much for that idea.

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  • TGAP Dad

    Fish gotta swim; birds gotta fly; priests…

  • meursalt

    Could be wrong, but I think Ed may have blogged about Fugee before, regarding his involvement with the Office of Continuing Education and Ongoing Formation of Priests.

    Read the full article; it’s mind-boggling, and the pictures are priceless. The diocese’s response is nothing short of flippant.

  • aaronbaker

    The Catholic Church is nothing more nor less than an international criminal conspiracy; sadly, it will probably never be treated as such

  • baal

    Until and unless the RCC starts turning over priests to the police for prosecution (in all the countries) with all the evidence in a nice little package for the prosecutor, they will continue the practice of covering up rape. It’s deeply ingrained in the RCC hierarchy that they must cover and look out for the mafi.. RCC first and before all other things.

  • thumper1990

    Franklin called it “deeply troubling.”

    “Finding this out later has left me completely flabbergasted,” he said. “If I had known, I would have objected immediately. The fact that he is apparently violating this agreement makes me wonder if he was going to honor other agreements. It creates a suspicion.

    Oh, that created suspicion. Not the fact he was a paedo. Good to know.

  • vicvanity

    Abstinence makes the church grow fondlers!