New bishop seeks heal­ing af­ter sex scan­dal

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Guam’s new Catholic arch­bishop ac­knowl­edged yes­ter­day that “shock­ing” child sex al­le­ga­tions had dam­aged the church’s stand­ing in the Pa­cific ter­ri­tory, say­ing he wanted to pro­mote heal­ing. Arch­bishop Michael Byrnes ar­rived in Guam and im­me­di­ately set about meet­ing cler­ics to out­line his plans in the wake of the scan­dal that has rocked the deeply re­li­gious is­land. Mr Byrnes’ pre­de­ces­sor, Arch­bishop An­thony Apuron, stands ac­cused of mo­lest­ing al­tar boys in the 1970s and is fac­ing a canon­i­cal trial in Rome. Mr Byrnes said he un­der­stood there were strong feel­ings among Guam’s faith­ful to­wards Apuron, who has de­nied any wrong­do­ing. “That’s un­der­stand­able when some­thing as shock­ing as those type of al­le­ga­tions come out,” he said.

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