Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Guilty verdict for Guam archbishop

Guilty verdict for Guam archbishop

Pope Francis named a temporary administrator for Guam in 2016 after Apuron was accused by former altar boys of sexually abusing them when he was a priest.

A Vatican tribunal found Archbishop Anthony Apuron of Agana, Guam, guilty of sexual abuse of minors.

The Vatican has removed the head of the Catholic Church in Guam from office after finding him guilty of sexual abuse.

The Archdiocese of Agaña is now a defendant in 96 sexual abuse lawsuits, involving Apuron, 13 priests, a Catholic schoolteacher, a Catholic school janitor, and a Boy Scout leader. "I am innocent and I look forward to proving my innocence in the appeals process", the archbishop told the newspaper. This was the fifth lawsuit to accuse the archbishop of sexual abuse of minors during his time as a pastor and bishop.

According to a March 16 statement from the Apostolic Tribunal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Anthony Apuron, 72, was found guilty of "certain" accusations and penalized with removal from the office and prohibition from residing within the Archdiocese of Guam.

Apuron says in a statement he's relieved the tribunal dismissed the majority of accusations against him. The tribunal judging his case had been led by Cardinal Raymond Burke, a respected Rome-based canon lawyer.

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The verdict from his trial was expected for months after Archbishop Byrnes revealed last October that one had been reached.

The sentence remains subject to possible appeal.

Those penalties will be suspended during Apuron's appeal, until the final ruling is issued.

Apuron, who was never criminally charged by civil authorities in Guam, has denied all the allegations.

The accusations against the archbishop ranged from the most serious allegations of child abuse to less serious accusations.

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