Da Cunha Is The Country's First Brazilian-Born Bishop

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.

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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.

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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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