Arch­bishop ac­cused of mo­lest­ing al­tar boys

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

HAGATNA, (AP): A RO­MAN Catholic ad­min­is­tra­tor is urg­ing the Vat­i­can to re­move Guam’s arch­bishop, who has re­fused to re­sign amid ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ual abuse against al­tar boys.

The move comes af­ter a let­ter de­liv­ered in July from lead­ers in the Arch­dio­cese of Agana did not cause Arch­bishop An­thony Apuron to leave his post.

Arch­bishop Savio Hon, a tem­po­rary apos­tolic ad­min­is­tra­tor for Guam who was ap­pointed by the Vat­i­can af­ter the al­le­ga­tions sur­faced, is also urg­ing parish­ioners to sign a pe­ti­tion up­hold­ing the statute of lim­i­ta­tion on civil law­suits for child sex abuse. He said the arch­dio­cese “will be ex­posed to un­lim­ited fi­nan­cial li­a­bil­ity,” forc­ing the sale of church prop­erty.

A bill that lifts the cur­rent statute of lim­i­ta­tion passed the Guam Leg­is­la­ture and is ex­pected to be de­liv­ered to the gov­er­nor’s desk on Wed­nes­day. The Guam church has not sub­mit­ted any sub­sti­tute bill for con­sid­er­a­tion.

Priests of the is­land’s 26 Catholic churches were asked to read a two-page let­ter dur­ing yes­ter­day’s masses, that Hon sent from Rome, in which he ad­dressed th­ese mat­ters and also stated that Apuron would un­dergo a canon­i­cal trial.

Hon in the let­ter also an­nounced the cre­ation of a trust fund to pro­vide com­pen­sa­tion for Guam’s sur­vivors of clergy sex abuse.

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