Saturday, May 11, 2013

Appreciation for those who stood up to Catholic Church hierarchy: Editorial

Criticizing the Catholic Church is not easy for a politician. The church is naturally organized, politically engaged, and many of its followers are fiercely loyal. The easy path is to be quiet, to keep a safe distance.
So take a moment to appreciate the courage shown by those few politicians who have called for the resignation of Newark Archbishop John Myers over his failure to abide by a legally binding agreement to keep a sexually abusive priest away from children.

Myers has still not said a word. He sent his spokesman out to indignantly deny the agreement was broken, and then sent him back a few days later to admit that it was indeed broken. The archbishop’s personal silence, in the face of a storm of protest, testifies to his inability to justify his failure to protect children under his care.

Among those who called for Myers’ resignation is Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex), the likely Democratic candidate for governor. Gov. Chris Christie has so far punted, saying he wanted to speak with the archbishop first. Nearly two weeks have passed since the news broke, and still no word from the governor’s office on his conversastion with Myers.
Our outspoken governor, in other words, is taking shelter in the safe haven of silence.


The Star-Ledger

By Star-Ledger Editorial Board

 May 11, 2013