Vicar general of Newark archdiocese removed after controversy
May 27, 2013
The vicar general of the Newark, New Jersey archdiocese has resigned in the wake of a scandal over a priest’s violation of a court order barring him from ministry with young people.
Msgr. John Doran, the outgoing vicar general, had agreed to the court order that forbade Father Michael Fugee from unsupervised contact with young people. Father Fugee now faces charges for violating that court order, with the apparent knowledge of archdiocesan officials.
Newark’s Archbishop John Myers accepted the resignation of his vicar general after an internal investigation of the Fugee situation, conducted by the archbishop’s attorney. The archdiocese has also announced plans to strengthen safeguards against abuse.
- Some cry scapegoat, others satisfied as archbishop demotes deputy in wake of priest scandal (Star-Ledger)
- Newark archbishop outlines clergy-abuse initiatives (The Record)
- Newark priest faces charges for violating court order (CWN, 5/21)