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Archbp Myers abuser-shielding, news again, was reported in 2010 . . .

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Archbishop John Myers of Newark, once of Peoria, where he instituted conservative measures, has been at the forefront of stemming and facing up to clergy abuse.

But a Star-Ledger review of the archbishops record since 2002 shows Myers on at least four occasions has shielded priests accused of sexual abuse against minors and one adult. In the four instances, the priests have either admitted improper sexual contact, pleaded guilty to crimes stemming from accusations of sexual misconduct or been permanently barred from ministry by the archdiocese after allegations of sexual misconduct.

The archdiocese also wrote a letter of recommendation for one of the priests, a week after it learned he was accused of breaking into a womans home in Florida and possibly assaulting her.

It’s a matter of taking “a cautious hand in publicly naming priests” and feeling the weight of the issue. On the other hand, he

has failed…

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