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Newark priest faces charges for violating court order

May 21, 2013

Father Michael Fugee, the priest at the center of a scandal in the Newark, New Jersey archdiocese, faces a series of criminal charges for apparently violating a court order forbidding him from working in youth ministry.

Fugee, who resigned from priestly ministry earlier this month, was found to have participated in youth retreats despite agreeing to a court order stipulating that he could not have unsupervised contact with young people. His case has aroused criticism of the Newark archdiocese for allowing him to continue in ministry after being charged with sexual abuse.


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  • Posted by: Savonarola - May. 22, 2013 12:14 PM ET USA

    The Archbishop should resign. His gross mishandling of this simply further erodes the credibility of the Church.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - May. 21, 2013 1:03 PM ET USA

    I am not interested so much in poor Fugee, because I am a psychiatric nurse and understand compulsive disorders and behavior, although I am in no way justifying the behavior. It is rather the Archbishop, who appears to have clearly accepted responsibility, but betrayed not only us but this priest as well.