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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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  • Posted by: cbwhitejr2992 - Jun. 08, 2016 9:35 PM ET USA

    Another credible allegation was lodged against the Archbishop the day after Pope Francis assigned Archbishop Savio Tai Fai Hon to be the temporary apostolic administrator sede plena. Pray for us.