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Newark Archbishop Appoints New Deputy In Wake Of Abuse Case

Da Cunha Is The Country's First Brazilian-Born Bishop
Rev. Edgar M. da Cunha (file / credit: Catholic Education Foundation)

Rev. Edgar M. da Cunha (file / credit: Catholic Education Foundation)

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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) - The archbishop of Newark has appointed a new top deputy to replace the administrator who stepped down last month in the wake of a scandal involving a former priest.

The Rev. Edgar M. da Cunha was named Thursday to the post of vicar general in the archdiocese, home to 1.3 million Catholics.

Da Cunha is the country’s first Brazilian-born bishop and has served in the archdiocese since the 1980s.

His predecessor resigned amid what Archbishop John Myers called operational failures in the oversight of the Rev. Michael Fugee.

Fugee, who also resigned, has been charged criminally with violating an agreement with law enforcement barring him from working with children. The 2007 agreement stemmed from an allegation he had fondled a boy in Wyckoff.

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