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Coadjutor appointed for embattled Archbishop Myers in Newark

September 24, 2013

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Bernard Hebda to be the coadjutor archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, eventually replacing Archbishop John Myers, who has come under heavy criticism for his handling of sex-abuse complaints.

The newly appointed coadjutor, a 54-year-old native of Pittsburgh, has been serving since 2009 as the Bishop of Gaylord, Michigan. He is a member of several committees within the US bishops’ conference—including, significantly, the Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People.

As coadjutor, Archbishop-elect Hebda will succeed Archbishop Myers when the latter steps down. At 72, Archbishop Myers is still 3 years short of the normative retirement age, but the appointment of a coadjutor could point toward an earlier transition.

The Vatican announcement of the Newark appointment did not indicate whether the coadjutor archbishop would be given any special responsibilities within the archdiocese, such as the handling of sex-abuse complaints.


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  • Posted by: impossible - Sep. 27, 2013 11:28 AM ET USA

    As with many "news" items in the secular and in the "Catholic" midstream media, one should look at the totality of the situation. Archbishop John J. Myers has been and is a faithful orthodox shepherd of souls. Amid the flock of lost shepherds that alone makes him stand out so as to become a target for the left-leaning media people, inside and outside of the Church. He made it clear during recent elections that the primary concern should be where politicians stand on the intrinsic evils.