Support group urges parishioners to report any alleged abuse by priest

A support group for clergy sex-abuse victims wants two New Jersey Catholic bishops to reach out to parishioners and get them to report any allegations of abuse by a priest who once confessed to touching an underage boy.

The bishops of the Diocese of Trenton and the Diocese of Paterson should reach out through church bulletins and websites to help victims step forward with any instances of abuse involving the Rev. Michael Fugee, who until recently worked at St. Mary’s parish in Colts Neck with its youth ministry, said David Clohessy, executive director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

In a letter sent to to Diocese of Trenton Bishop David O’Connell and Diocese of Paterson Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli, SNAP members wrote, “We strongly urge you, as church leaders in the areas where Fr. Fugee ministered — officially or unofficially, with or without permission — to appeal for victims and witnesses to come forward and report any abuse.”

Fugee, a priest in the Archdiocese of Newark, resigned last week. Parishioners at St. Mary’s in Colts Neck say Fugee had been involved with a parish youth group in defiance of an agreement with Bergen County prosecutors that he not work with children.

To read the full story:

Showing 1 comment

  • Tom Sadloskos
    commented 2013-05-08 21:12:49 -0500
    This is so ridiculous, and makes me very angry. You know the Bishops are not going to recommend the parishioners do something like that! Whats the matter with you people? They are going to follow the orders they receive from the Vaticn, which is to keep these things quiet, and cover them up. This comes directly from the Pope, including Francis, this wonderful, humble soul everyone is so in love with. I’m sure there are still parents that might ignore somehting like this, they’re so devoted to the Catholic Church, I know my mother would hve. However, I’m sure many parents care more about their children, then the priest. Hopefully, they will go directly to law enforcement to resolve this issue, since going ot the Bishop will solve nothing.

SNAP Network is a GuideStar Gold Participant