RELIGION

Advocates seek Vatican investigation of Newark, NJ, archbishop, as pope readies 1st US visit

  • FILE - This Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 file photo shows Archbishop John Myers in Newark, N.J. On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, priests, nuns and canon lawyers who advocate for molestation victims urged Pope Francis to use the new Vatican tribunal he formed on negligent bishops to investigate the archbishop of Newark, N.J., who has long been accused of sheltering abusive priests. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    FILE - This Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 file photo shows Archbishop John Myers in Newark, N.J. On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, priests, nuns and canon lawyers who advocate for molestation victims urged Pope Francis to use the new Vatican tribunal he formed on negligent bishops to investigate the archbishop of Newark, N.J., who has long been accused of sheltering abusive priests. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, July 21, 2015 file photo, Pope Francis delivers his speech in the Synod Hall during a conference on Modern Slavery and Climate Change at the Vatican. Francis' first visit to the U.S. in September 2015 will take place against the backdrop of the broad unfinished business of the molestation scandal. The crisis erupted in 2002 with the case of one pedophile priest in the Archdiocese of Boston before spreading nationwide, then engulfing the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, July 21, 2015 file photo, Pope Francis delivers his speech in the Synod Hall during a conference on Modern Slavery and Climate Change at the Vatican. Francis' first visit to the U.S. in September 2015 will take place against the backdrop of the broad unfinished business of the molestation scandal. The crisis erupted in 2002 with the case of one pedophile priest in the Archdiocese of Boston before spreading nationwide, then engulfing the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

Advocates for victims of clergy sex abuse want a Vatican investigation of the archbishop of Newark, New Jersey.

A group of Roman Catholic priests, nuns and canon lawyers who call themselves the Catholic Whistleblowers say an investigation is needed because Archbishop John Myers has been hostile to victims and has failed to stop predators from molesting children in Newark and in his previous diocese of Peoria, Illinois.

The group wants an inquiry through the new tribunal Pope Francis formed to discipline bishops who don't protect young people.

Myers' spokesman says the archbishop has aggressively confronted abusers and has removed 19 priests from church work in the Newark archdiocese alone.

The plea for the investigation comes as Francis prepares for his first visit to the United States in September.