Newark’s Fr. Fugee resigns

Newark’s Fr. Fugee resigns May 2, 2013

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, submitted his request to leave ministry this afternoon, said the spokesman, Jim Goodness. Myers promptly accepted the resignation, Goodness said.

Fugee, 52, remains a priest but no longer has authority to say Mass, perform sacramental work or represent himself as an active priest, Goodness said. It was not immediately clear if Fugee or Myers would petition the Vatican to remove him from the priesthood altogether, a process known as laicization.

Asked if Myers had requested that Fugee step aside, Goodness said, “I only know that he offered to leave ministry and the archbishop accepted.”

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  1. How long will Fr. Fugee (he’s still a priest, so far) be allowed to continue to live under the Archbishop’s roof at the chancery? That’s where I understand him to be living presently, and for the last few years, unless I am mistaken, which I may be since I only present such information second-hand from reports that I have read online which seemed reliable. Can someone who KNOWS if Fr. Fugee has been receiving favored treatment by living within the Archbishop’s own residence please contribute to the discussion? ty. Were Fugee and Myers lovers, are they still? Or what is the basis of the favored status this man seems to have with the Archbishop?