Priest With Molestation History Found Working with Kids – Should He Still Be a Priest? [POLL]

New Jersey 101.5

By Ray Rossi
April 29, 2013

You may remember some months ago, I questioned the decision made by the Archbishop of Newark, John Myers, to elevate Father Michael Fugee to the position of co-director of the Office of Continuing Education and Ongoing Formation of Priests.

This was done in the wake of a report detailing the molestation past of the priest, and the subsequent disposition of the case, in which he was allowed to enter pre trial intervention, counseling for sex offenders; and allowed to sign an agreement never to work in any capacity with children.

At the time I felt it was a “sweet” deal not only to have been dealt with as an abuser, but to then be given a lofty administrative position within the church.

Some might call that “business as usual”, given the church’s penchant for hiding priests charged with sexual abuse of minors.

Sad but true, especially in light of the church’s recent history.

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