Guam archbishop welcomes abuse probe, insists his innocence
June 08, 2016
Archbishop Anthony Apuron of Agana, Guam has welcomed a Vatican investigation into sex-abuse complaints against him, insisting that he is innocent. The archbishop has also welcomed the appointment of an apostolic administrator to govern the archdiocese during the investigation.
The Vatican announced on June 6 that Archbishop Savio Tai Fai Hon, the secretary of the Congregation for Evangelization, would assume temporary leadership of the Agana archdiocese. The move came after a deacon in Guam charged that the archbishop had deliberately avoided implementation of tough anti-abuse policies, in order to protect himself against persistent allegations.
From Rome, where he has been in consultation with Vatican officials, Archbishop Apuron said that he has been a “victim of these horrible calumnies.”
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