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N.J. archbishop calls critics ‘evil, wrong, immoral’

NEWARK — The Roman Catholic archbishop of Newark has issued a scathing rebuke to his critics, blasting them as ‘‘evil, wrong, immoral’’ for questioning his handling of an allegation of sex abuse in his previous diocese in Illinois.

In a letter to clergy, Archbishop John J. Myers defends himself in the case of a man who sued the Diocese of Peoria, Ill., which Myers helmed from 1990 to 2001. In a 2010 deposition that a lawyer for the accuser recently released, Myers said he did not know of other allegations against Monsignor Thomas Maloney. The diocese of Peoria reached a $1.35 million settlement in the case this month.

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