Catholic archbishop defends letting confessed pedophile priest near kids

The Catholic archbishop of Newark, John Myers, on finding out that a confessed pedophile priest in his diocese was still palling around with kids, first denied the charge, then defended the fraternization.

And we wonder why children continue to be raped by Catholic leaders.  Because Catholic archbishops don’t care about the rape of children nearly as much as they care about bashing loving gay adults in immigration reform, or bashing women.

Rev. Michael Fugee confessed to fondling the genitals of a 13 (or 14, depending on the account) year old boy.  He was convicted of criminal sexual contact, but an appeals court through out the verdict based on the jury incorrectly hearing a part of the priest’s confession – but the overall confession remains in tact.  He did it. Fugee was then permitted to enter into a plea agreement that consisted of counseling, and never working with children again.  The archdiocese of Newark signed the pledge as well, meaning they were responsible for ensuring that Fugee didn’t work with kids again.

Oh but he did.

But that didn’t stop the archbishop from defending the confessed pedophile’s fraternization with even more kids:

Jim Goodness, a spokesman for Myers, denied Fugee had broken the agreement because he was under the supervision of other priests and St. Mary’s two youth ministers, who are longtime friends with the priest.

Monday, Goodness said Myers and Fugee would have no comment.

“Father Fugee remains a priest who is allowed to be in ministry,” the spokesman said. “There is no change in his status at this point.”

It seems the archbishop has now re-thunk his defense of pedophile priests hanging around with kids, and is now admitting that this violated the earlier agreement.  (Maybe the Vatican should also rethink the indefinite suspension of a Catholic priest in Uganda for blowing the whistle on child molestation in that country.)

Archbishop John Myers of Newark.

Archbishop John Myers of Newark.

Any normal human being, when presented with the notion of a confessed pedophile doing “youth work” problematic at best.  But at the upper reaches of the Catholic church, this kind of thing is considered perfectly normal and acceptable until they speak with their lawyer or their PR guy.

When the Catholic church makes up its mind about whether old men raping young kids is a good thing or a bad thing, that’s the day that any of us should care what the Catholic church has to say about immigration reform, women, gay rights or any other “moral topic” of the day.

In no other aspect of society would anyone care what a serial pedophile-enabler had to say about “morality.” We’d laugh in their face, and quickly usher them out of the room with a swift kick to the ass.  Yet we non-Catholics (and a lot of Catholics too) are forced on a nearly daily basis to listen to the morally-corrupt leaders of the Catholic church, who this day are still defending child-rape, try to tell our political leaders how to run our lives.

Enough already.

PS Someone might want to ask Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli if he still thinks giving confessed pedophiles plea deals, with no enforcement mechanism whatsoever – instead of prison time – is a good idea.  I’d also be curious if Molinelli is in favor of not trying all pedophiles, or just the ones with white collars?  I also wonder who else Molinelli cuts pleas on behalf of – all criminals, or just the ones who molest kids? It’s pretty despicable of the local paper to defend this prosecutor cutting deals with people who touch the genitals of children.  I doubt they’d have let Fugee off so easily if he weren’t a priest, which is ironic since it seems it’s always the Catholic priests who continue to get away with more and more crimes after the fact – wouldn’t they be the LAST people you’d cut a deal with?  When do we stop giving special rights to Catholic pedophiles?

Even better,  maybe someone should ask New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, since Molinelli is, after all, Christie’s guy.

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38 Responses to “Catholic archbishop defends letting confessed pedophile priest near kids”

  1. D. Mark says:

    The only thing the Catholic Church understands is an empty collection plate! Anything else does not bother them, because they are always right!

  2. neil allen says:

    They are teaching the world how to get away with the most evil crimes you can get away with.

    What Satan Would Do.

  3. neil allen says:

    If you believe that Jesus and his friends raped children, lied about it, protected child rapists, and bullied the victims, the Catholic church is doing What Jesus Would Do.

  4. Pete196301 says:

    Does Molinelli have a relative — same last name — who’s a priest in the Salesians of St. John Bosco, also originally from Bergen County? Or are they not related? That religious order specializes in youth ministry, and has had a number of members famously accused of molestation in the last decade or so (tho AFAIK not Fr. Molinelli), including one case where the kid’s lawyer was going to try to subpoena the Vatican (which of course would get off with Sovereign Immunity).

    Might provide some insight into the Prosecutor’s thinking, and as you say, by extension, Gov. Christie’s, who appoints him.

    In any case, shouldn’t the perp go to prison for violating his plea agreement? How about being aided/abetted by the Archbishop?!

  5. karmanot says:

    I think it’s long past hypocritical posturing. It’s criminal conspiracy and collusion in felony conduct.

  6. Kim O'Brien says:

    “jihad of exaggeration” ??? ( isn’t that kind of an exaggeration ? )

    Suzy ..i think you might be white knuckling it through your life. No one is out to get you . Trying to stop kids from getting molested…by a molester..who has molested before …is not a bad thing. Get a grip

  7. KingCranky says:

    Add the Vatican bank laundering mob money to that list.

  8. KingCranky says:

    The abuse in this case didn’t happen 40 or 50 years ago.

    Do try to keep up, it’s not that difficult.

    At least for most people.

    Clearly, you’re not “most people”.

  9. Badgerite says:

    The ‘civil case’ you refer to that Bill Clinton was alleged to have committed perjury in went to Summary Judgment for the defendant ( that would be Bill Clinton). Summary judgement is used when the plaintiff has failed to show any case that could conceivably be put before a jury. When it came to actually presenting evidence of sexual harassment, all Paula Jones’s lawyers could come up with was that when she returned from maternity leave she was put on lighter duty and they didn’t send her flowers on secretaries’ day. Oh the humanity! Her case was a sham funded by right wing elements to basically use the legal system to harass a president by putting him under oath as to private personal consensual affairs. Monica Lewinsky was what one would refer to as an immaterial witness to the case. They did not indict Bill Clinton because they could not have gotten a conviction. Perjury is a legal term. You are putting a person in prison for their words. There can be no ambiguity in terms. It indeed, matters what the meaning of ‘is’ is. Also, ‘alone in the White House’, the President, whoever it is, is never ‘alone in the White House’ with anybody. Sexual relations- Websters defines this as intercourse. Not what Bill and Monica did. So, no they would have had one hell of a time actually making this fly under legal standards. But impeachment is a political mechanism and it can be employed when you can scare enough spineless politicians into voting your way. And it was voted for by the likes of a Mark Sanford ( our modern day ‘King David’ so for him I guess it’s ok) lately most famous for the ‘hiking of the Appalachian Trail’. Anyone who equate pedophilia in the Church with the sorry trumped up affair known as Whitewater is nuts.

  10. nannasin smith says:

    you are one sick Catholic sister..

  11. BeccaM says:

    As opposed to the sex abuse that took place only a few years ago, which is the subject of this blog post?

    What’s hilarious is your blatant shilling for that hack site.

  12. d3clark says:

    The Catholic Church has always been elitist and above the law. They supported gambling when gambling was illegal in many locales because the profits went to the church. They thought nothing of banning books and movies. Using the Church to influence politics and elections. Defying court orders. Manipulating police departments with large numbers of Catholic cops to look the other way .Of course, all of this was in the Name of God (and the benefit of the Holy Roman Church).

  13. Ya mean that didn’t also go when they shit-canned Limbo?

    Who’s making these decisions; someone who thinks they are infallible?

  14. The even named Easter after it: “the day a corpse went missing.”

    BTW, Suzy, why not simply stop the child abuse so we have nothing to obsess over, or is that too complicated for ignorant, apologetic Catholics to grasp?

  15. karmanot says:

    I know. They finally canceled that cruise, because converts were appalled by all the unbaptized burning babies that were doomed to go there.

  16. karmanot says:

    That’s like Catholic counting in dog years.

  17. karmanot says:

    She has yet to accept that the tomb was empty because Mr. Jesus didn’t exist.

  18. Sweetie says:

    You forgot Purgatory.

  19. cole3244 says:

    liberals are always obsessed with those that have no voice, a catholic con that wants to hear the truth, we have found the missing link, finally.

  20. PeteWa says:

    2003 isn’t forty or fifty years ago.

  21. Swami_Binkinanda says:

    I guess it is telling that you think the sexual abuse of children by people in authority is “hilarious.”

  22. karmanot says:

    Oh they do accept the truth. It’s all about the money and power.

  23. karmanot says:

    “Tell the truth!” Be haaappy to. “Liberals are obsessed with sex abuse in the Catholic Church”Anyone who isn’t obsessed with child sex abuse in the RRC church or any institution for that matter is an enabler to crime of the most insidious nature and evil by association. You are one sick Catholic F’*** sister!

  24. Suzy says:

    Liberals are obsessed with sex abuse in the Catholic church from 40 and
    50 years ago in the same way that Republicans were concerned about
    perjury in a civil case in the impeachment proceedings of Bill Clinton.

    It’s hilarious.

    Go here to learn the hidden agenda behind the liberal media’s jihad of exaggeration, bias
    and misinformation about the Catholic church and ancient claims of sex abuse.

    Stop the bias! Stop the lies! Tell the truth!

    Speak truth to the power of Big Media!

  25. BeccaM says:

    Let’s say it again, kids: The Roman Catholic Church has NO moral authority whatsoever.

  26. pappyvet says:

    A Fugee is defended by Goodness…..never mind,its too easy

  27. From your link:

    *** He is a firm believer in the Church’s stance on contraceptives and condoms as “patches” to avoid responsibility. ***

    I would characterize Fabio Martínez Castilla, Archbishop of Tuxla Gutiérrez, as a pissant in a white cassock. He is surely aware of the “unofficial” policy of his very own church to allow nuns to use contraception in places where they might be raped.

    That “unofficial” policy has been in place for over 40 years.

    But so long as they keep it strictly “unofficial”, ******** like Mr. Castilla can safely continue their hypocritical posturing.

  28. cole3244 says:

    to me all religions are cults, nice to see i’m not alone.

  29. karmanot says:

    Perfectly traditional. The RCC has always supported the 1%, pacifying the 99% by promising their suffering will be rewarded by some magical after death place called heaven, or if non-cooperative—a very agonizing and fiery torture called hell. Actually, the RCC has been very adapt at creating hell on earth.

  30. karmanot says:

    St. Teresa getting shot with a sharp arrow and simultaneously having orgasm says it all. The RCC is a death cult and the brainwashing so persuasive, it has survived as the world’s most successful corporation, holding close to its withered dark bosom the very worst instincts of the old Roman empire.

  31. Pedophile enablers continue to enable pedophiles (from my sucky little blog)

  32. karmanot says:

    “at the upper reaches of the Catholic church, this kind of thing is considered perfectly normal” Exactly so. All levels consider the mentoring and ‘grooming’ of children as a duty, if not perk of the office. Worse, most Catholic Prosecutors will always ease the way for pedophile priests.

  33. cole3244 says:

    who’s more dangerous the catholic hierarchy or the head in the sand believers that can’t accept the truth, if abusing their children can’t get a solid reaction what can, nothing!

  34. TheOriginalLiz says:

    Catholicism is no more about the well-being of the people than government is. It’s about the well-being of the entitled, in one case, the 1%, in the other, the clergy.

  35. Ninong says:

    The Archdiocese of Newark signed the agreement barring Fr. Fugee from ever working with minors again. Fugee himself admitted two instances of fondling the genitals of a 13-year-old boy during wrestling. My question: What was Fugee doing wrestling with a 13-year-old boy?

    Later, Archbishop Myers defended allowing Fugee to minister to minors by claiming that he didn’t believe the confession was “genuine.” Fugee recanted his very detailed confession only after consultation with his defense attorney. He was actually convicted of two counts of molestation but the conviction was later overturned on appeal only because the trial judge had allowed the jury to hear all of Fugee’s recorded confession to the police at the time of his arrest, including the part where he told them he believed himself to be either homosexual or bisexual. The appeals court ruled that the jury should not have heard that part of the confession. WTF?

    Anyway, as is so often the case, Archbishop Myers decided to ignore the agreement he had his representative sign off on and assigned Fugee to various assignments with no restrictions of any kind and WITHOUT notifying those at the new locations of Fugee’s prior history of child molestation. Nothing new there. That has been standard operating procedure worldwide. If a member of the clergy or religious gets in trouble, just reassign them to a new location with a letter of recommendation and no mention of their prior problems.

    As Archbishop Myers wrote in 2004: “This has been difficult for me because of the special role I have as Bishop. I know full well my responsibilities to investigate any accusation, and to fulfill my promise that we will provide safe environments for all young people. Yet I also feel keenly the pain that my brother priests experience when anyone has been accused.”

    Just remember this: The reputation of the Church is more important than the children of the Church! That’s the way it has always been.

  36. UncleBucky says:

    RCC don’t know any better. After all, they’re in the Middle Ages where they burnt heretics while they sat close to their pet choirboys in the stands.

  37. nicho says:

    through out the verdict

    Pretty sure you mean “threw out the verdict.” I know how that happens. I do it a couple of times a day myself.

    These bastards just won’t quit. And they have the brazen audacity to tell me how to run my life.

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