Archbishop Myers doused himself in proverbial gasoline over the weekend, when his letter to his “brother priests” in the archdiocese of Newark was released.
He performed a series of poorly concealed deflections to avoid taking any responsibility for his negligence in Peoria, IL. He blames the media, secular culture, and survivor advocates. He blames vindictive, disgruntled former priests. Uh, who are they? The priest-advocates and former priests Ive met actually practice the Gospel, unlike Myers, whose inaction has made him the subject of local media attention. Blame everyone except himself!
This is probably a safe strategy for Myers, whose homosexuality is widely known. If he takes responsibility, he is inviting the public disclosure of his past. His own illicit sexual activity requires that he make certain public statements, ostensibly in strict conformity with church dogma. However, in private, Myers is known to have had at least one relationship with a sculptor from Peoria. His sexual history is preventing him from effectively policing the clerics under his control. He accuses advocates of self aggrandizement, when the letter he wrote does that very thing for his own self interested purposes. It is out of his self interest that he hides his sexual history and the abuses committed by his “brother priests.”
By not stepping down, Myers is inviting an escalation of protest. He is a plague on the archdiocese of Newark. Like Cardinal Bernard Law he will probably receive a Vatican job, so that he’ll be removed from public and judicial scrutiny.
The temperature under Archbishop Myers, overnight, increased about 20-30 degrees…Celsius…His 2010 deposition was just released today.
A survivor from his reign of negligence in Illinois spoke out today in front of his newer gig in Newark. He’s been Archbishop for around 11 years.
I will be updating this post after I’ve read the entire 230 page deposition.
Myers should‘ve thrown out Monsignor Doran, Fr. Michael Fugee’s ecclesiastical supervisor. Instead of the administering the full weight of justice, Myers demoted him. This is only after Myers was being publicly called out for protecting predators, on more than one occasion. In fact Myers knew about allegations against one of his priests and allowed that man to serve as the chaplain of my high school. Said chaplain was my religion teacher my sophomore year of high school.
You might be wondering why Myers protects predators. Myers is a gay man – this is well known among US bishops, and among Newark seminarians and priests. Deviant priests frequently blackmail gay bishops into keeping their secrets quiet. Myers must have a lot to keep quiet about himself, as he has spent the majority of his archbishop-ship covering up the scandal that is the Archdiocese of Newark. I have no sympathy for the man who cannot face the world truthfully, and therefore retreats to the priesthood to avoid the realities of living as a gay person. There is an entire class of gay men who are perpetrators by association, who desecrate the Gospel with their inaction. Then there are those who are gay and who tamper with the innocence of children; I am not certain if Myers falls into the latter camp. I know that he had a relationship with the sculptor who produced a statue for a basillica back when he was bishop of Peoria, Illinois. In the priesthood, it doesn’t matter if the relationship is consensual – if it can cause it scandal its worth covering up.
I also know that Myers is a fan of throwing lavish, gay sex parties. He has in the past, down the Jersey shore, a favorite vacation spot for clerics in the tri-state area. Unfortunately the shore has been the site of many instances of clerical sexual abuse.
These gay men will be judged by the community they rejected and by the world at large.