Guam Archdiocese prepares for lawsuits by beefing up its Finance Council

Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai that the church is reconstituting the Archdiocesan Finance Council to help the church reposition its assets, including a multimillion-dollar property in Yona, in anticipation of lawsuits by victims of clergy abuse on Guam.

Gov. Eddie Calvo on Sept. 23 signed a law that lifts the statute of limitations to allow victims of child sexual abuse to sue their abusers as well as anyone who helped them and the institutions with which they are affiliated.

The church, before the bill was signed, lobbied against it, stating it could open up the church to financially crippling lawsuits. Several former Agat altar boys have accused Archbishop Anthony Apuron of sexually abusing them in the 1970s, when he was parish priest. Continue reading

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