Church officials announced that Abp. John J. Myers died on Thursday at the age of He was shepherd of the Newark archdiocese for 15 years until his retirement. Joseph Tobin, who now heads the Newark archdiocese.
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Former Newark Archbishop John J. Myers dies at 79
Parishioners in churches across the archdiocese, which covers Bergen, Hudson, Essex and Union counties, will be handed letters at church this weekend telling them about the statement and directing them to where it can be read. Myers, 71, said modern culture and the media have led to the social acceptance of same-sex marriage. Homosexual acts are a sin, he said, but homosexuality is not. It is a lie to say that they are living, or have lived, a lie. An erosion of the traditional family, caused by the prevalence of divorce and contraception, is to blame for the social acceptance of same-sex marriage, Myers said. The statement appeared to compare gay marriage to incest.
Former Newark Archbishop of 15 years, John Myers, dies at 79
Jump to navigation. C oronavirus: One Year Later. Now Hall has written to Pope Francis , asking that when the pope visits the United States in September, he speak out against such actions because they are "alienating" gay Catholics and the many others who support them. Myers told Hall his decision stemmed from concerns over a picture the priest posted on Facebook last fall supporting the "NOH8" campaign.
Jump to navigation. C oronavirus: One Year Later. The Catholic archbishop in New Jersey has barred a gay priest from ministry because the cleric supports gay advocacy groups and has backed a Catholic high school counselor who was fired when church officials discovered the woman was in a same-sex marriage.