September 24, 2020
By Abbott Koloff and Deena Yellin
Archbishop John J. Myers, who was known for taking strong and sometimes controversial stands during the 15 years that he led the Newark Archdiocese, died on Thursday at the age of 79, months after moving to an Illinois senior facility because of poor health.
Myers said when he retired four years ago that he was proud to leave behind two “thriving institutions,” Seton Hall University and Catholic Charities, and for having ordained almost 200 priests during his time in Newark.
He also built a legacy of speaking his mind about issues that were important to him, like his opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.
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