SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (CBS 2) — A statue of St. Patrick that has graced the sanctuary at Sacred Heart Church in Newark for more than 40 years now overlooks the dining room at Cryan’s Beef and Ale House.

Jim Cryan’s late father, John, bought the statue for the church in 1960. When the Archdiocese closed Sacred Heart in June, Cryan asked if his family could have the statue of Ireland’s patron saint. He eventually placed it in his family’s pub.

“It means a lot to my family. It means a lot to the parishioners that come in here,” Cryan told CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez.

The Newark Archdiocese, however, is not happy about it.

“Certainly it’s very disappointing to us. It’s also not appropriate,” Jim Goodness of the Archdiocese said.

Goodness said some parishioners have been complaining.

“We’re just very hopeful that several members of the family may be able to convince the other person who has it now that it belongs somewhere else,” he said.

Catholics who spoke with Sanchez Monday night were split in their opinions on the topic.

“It’s not the right place,” Ignacio Martinez said.

“Maybe some business would need some kind of inspiration or guidance — probably that’s why they put it there,” Grace Matubis said.

Another man said he had “no problem whatsoever” with the statue being in the pub, adding “I don’t know why anybody would.”

“I was very surprised Mr Goodness never called me up and just said to me ‘hey Jimmy we would like the statue somewhere else.’ And it would have been done,” Cryan said.

So St. Patrick may soon be moving out of the pub and into a new home. Cryan said, however, it certainly won’t happen before St. Patrick’s Day.

Hazel Sanchez

Comments (17)
  1. Daithí says:

    Please send your prayer petitions to Saint Patrick.

    Let’s keep him working so that je doesn’t get evicted after March!

  2. Caitlin ni Griobhtha says:

    The statue is suitable in a garden or a home, but placing it in a pub is unacceptable on two points. First, no more than a crucifix should a serious religious image be in a pub. And the person who considers worshipping in a pub is certainly not getting up on Sunday to worship in church! Second, the idiot continues the stereotype of the Irish as stupid drunks. This was created by the German cartoonist Thomas Nast in the mid-19th century, when the bigoted immigranr portrayed the Irish immigrants as drunken chimpanzees swing by their tails from trees, waving a bottle of whiskey in one paw, a shillelagh in the other. Take the statue home, or donate it to a church still attended by Catholics and thus still open.

    1. Rodin says:

      Yo there, Ms Griffin!

      Who are you to trash talk anyone, you good catholic girl? People without arguments must always result to insults under the mistaken belief that shouting loudly makes them right.

      The only point you’re making is that you are paranoid and have an inferiority complex.

      It’s the man’s statue,a piece of styled plaster Moses himself would have trashed like the golden cow, and his pub and, if Mr. Cryan wants it in his pub, neither you nor Mr. ‘Goodness”, nor John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark, have any say in the matter. YOU don’t like it, drink somewhere else.

      Point of Information: Thomas Nast may have been German born but he was as American as apple pie. Witness how we treat Muslims now.

      “After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  3. Rodin says:

    Goodness, the arrogance of piety knows no limit!

    “Only the chaste are truly obscene.” – Joris-Karl Huysmans, French novelist (1848 – 1907)

  4. Michael says:

    The alledged sex abused people get over your selfs, where is your head, were the sun doesn’t shine, when do you complain, when do they complain about sex abuse, after 100 or would it be nothing less than 200 children, open your eyes and stop talking stupid.

  5. John J. Burkard says:

    The Catholic Church has been in existence for a couple of thousand years. Has it been perfect, of course not. But no one can accuse the Catholic Church leaders of not working at resolving each and every senssitive issue that pops up during the course of its existence. Some would take these issues and never forgive even though the church has worked dilligently and tirelssly to eliminate. Certainly, with each attempt at cleaning up a despiable prooblem, the catholic Church has also put into place new laws and restricions…Why continue to vilify the Catholic Church leaders who have been airing out the smoke of the devil’s attempts at infiltraton, and sometimes with surprising success. Take a look around you there’s but one Catholic church whose keepers have met and fought any attempts and evil infiltration for the past 2000 years.. What else do you see? the remnat of what used to be Catholic Churches and their impressions of a Catholic Church that used to be. While the Catholic Church gets better and Purer, and closer to what Christ Jesus had planned… I.m glad to be Catholic, and proud to tell any person who wants to hear it. For heavens sake, before people go off on a tirade of untruthful critism, get your facts straight. and don’t expect the Catholic Church to close the doors and put every priest out in the cold simply because you are unjustl upset.

    1. Michael says:

      You have never encountered Father Henry Visitacion from the Philippines, this Priest will change your mind, I have talked to another Priest, two Msgr., one Cardinal and we are trying to meet with the New Cardinal who just took the Office of the Cardinal of Cebu City of the Philippines, so far they stand with the Priest from Hell, I am learning that Priest fallow canon law, not Gods Law or what is morally right.

  6. awake says:

    get over yourselves you selfrighteous religious bigots your time is over
    get with the evolution

  7. sailordude says:

    that’s weird, never heard of such a thing before. That looks like a very religious statue that only belongs in a church. Where do you people get your brains from?

  8. Thomas says:

    i wish the the alleged victims of sexual abuse would stop whining about their trauma is if they are the only ones on earth ever sinned against. You dont believe in God because a man abused you, then i suggest you never believed in God in the first place. God gave us freedom to choose him or not and he appointed sinful men to lead us to him. some have failed in their vocation but God remains constant in his love and support, get over your anguish by coming back to christ and He will heal you!

  9. Victor says:

    Leave it where it is. Once again the Church is focusing on the wrong issue.

  10. Cornelius O'Connell says:

    I am a Roman Catholic and a former patron of Cryan’s. I now live in the Middle East, which makes it too far of a drive for a pint. Once again, the people who feel they own and govern my faith are running around attacking things that bring harm to no one and ignoring serious issues that are eroding the faithful’s ability to have any faith in those who think they govern the Church. They are busy trying to keep their greedy paws on some fiscal power base that is gradually slipping away instead of thinking about how to best reach people today. The simple idea of reminding one of his or her faith while in a location that may pose opportunities to falter is as obvious as the nose on the front of one’s face , it is silly. If one wants to help strengthen the weakening ties between the Church and present day Catholics, reminding those already in the pews is a waste of time. Real progress can only be made by reaching out to those who are questioning their commitment, and they will more than likely be found in places not on the list approved by the Archdiocese. They seem to forget that Jesus did not pick the most pious Jews when selecting his Apostles, but rather good old fashioned sinners. I believe in God, just not the men who tell me they speak for him. The statue should stay permanently.

    1. Pauline Musila says:

      I agree with u, Jesus came to save the sinners, and I believe that no matter where the statue is, people can see it and those who know and understand well its purpose will repent and follow Jesus. Am also a Roman Catholic. Cornelious I like your stand

  11. John AnIrishVictom says:

    The Roman Catholic Church is more concerned about a piece of chalk a Statue of a Saint that probably never existed in the first place.

    Over the victims like I who were sexually and physically abused by the Christian Brothers and the Catholic Priest in Ireland, that great Island of Saints and scholars. What a load of Horse Dung.

    What a great laugh when you think about that bunch of DESPICABLE hypocrites, rolling-out their paid servant of The Roman Catholic Church, given that bull about the Statue in this Video.

  12. True Believer says:

    The Catholic Church is being a little too sensitive about the placement of the statue. If a simple glance at the Saint Patrick makes any person reflect on their beliefs for even a brief few seconds during their time at this establishment that would be a good thing. I was always taught that you could worship anywhere and at anytime. Is Cryan’s not included in that belief. I hope the owner of Cryan’s made a substantial donation to the church, or does the right thing in other ways to repay the church for allowing him to remove the statue and place it in his establishment.

    1. Captain Obvious says:

      2 thumbs up for this comment. Couldn’t have said it any better!

    2. Realist says:

      Some people in the church may not be happy, thats their right . Unlike some other religions though there will not be a fatwa put out for someones death because of it.

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