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Newark archbishop under fire for planned addition to residence

April 14, 2014

More than 22,000 people have signed a petition protesting plans by Archbishop John Myers of Newark, New Jersey, to build an expensive new addition to his personal residence.

Archbishop Myers greeted worshippers at Mass on Palm Sunday in the city’s cathedral, but declined to meet with the protesters who were presenting the petition. An archdiocesan spokesman said that there would be no change in plans to build the addition to the archbishop’s residence.


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  • Posted by: Charlie742 - Apr. 15, 2014 10:20 AM ET USA

    Is this his retirement home or his official residence?

  • Posted by: unum - Apr. 15, 2014 9:15 AM ET USA

    Good for the people of the Newark diocese! The clergy are accountable to the people of God as well as the hierarchy. Those that won't listen to their superiors need to 'feel the heat" from their flock!

  • Posted by: FredC - Apr. 14, 2014 10:32 PM ET USA

    It would be nice to know why the Archbishop needs or wants a 7,500 sq.ft. residence for his retirement -- even if the funds did not come from the diocese.

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Apr. 14, 2014 7:20 PM ET USA

    Pray that the Archbishop's heart will be opened to all the abject poverty around him and especially to the needs of poor children. And all of us should look at our own lives and where we are not living the Gospel message to care for the poor. I know I can do better.