Monday, September 23, 2013

Bishop Bernard A. Hebda: Michigan cleric to help embattled Newark Archbishop Myers


Pope Francis is appointing a coadjutor archbishop to assist embattled Archbishop John J. Myers in running the Newark Archdiocese, according to a report in a Catholic newspaper.

Bishop Bernard A. Hebda of Gaylord, Mich. will be named coadjutor on Tuesday, according to the National Catholic Reporter today.

Jim Goodness, a spokesman for Myers, would not confirm or deny the report, but he said that Myers would make “an announcement of significance” Tuesday during an 11 a.m. press conference at the archdiocesan center in Newark.

For the last four months, Myers has been harshly criticized for his handling of the Rev. Michael Fugee, who was arrested in May for hearing confessions of minors and attending youth-group retreats in alleged violation of a court order. The archbishop has insisted he didn’t know or sanction the activities, but four state senators, victims’ advocates and some Catholic parishioners have called for his resignation for not more closely supervising the cleric.

NEW JERSEY

The Record

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2013

BY JEFF GREEN

STAFF WRITER

THE RECORD

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