Posts Tagged ‘Archbishop Anthony Apuron’

Asking pope for resolution ‘improper’

Monday, September 19th, 2022
Asking pope for resolution ‘improper’

The Vatican said judicial inquiries directed to the pope as a head of state are “improper,” concerning a case filed by a man seeking to hold the Vatican liable for the actions of Guam’s former archbishop, Anthony Apuron. The Vatican comment followed a federal judge ordering the Holy See’s counsel to report on whether Pope Read more

Guilty former archbishop still celebrating Mass

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Although Guam’s former Archbishop Apuron has been found guilty of child sexual abuse, he is still celebrating Mass. While the Vatican’s ruling following its guilty verdict has banned Apuron from returning to Guam and has removed him permanently from his post, he is still a priest. His successor, Archbishop Michael Byrnes, has apologised and pledged Read more

Vatican finds former Guam archbishop guilty of child sex abuse

Monday, April 8th, 2019

The Vatican has upheld its decision convicting the former Archbishop Anthony Apuron in the U.S. territory of Guam for sexually abusing minors. “Our church on Guam can now continue with certainty, our collective journey toward healing and reconciliation. Most importantly, the victims, survivors and their families who have suffered greatly can have some measure of Read more

Guam’s Catholic Church to file for bankruptcy

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Guam’s Catholic Church says it is going to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code. This chapter allows the debtor to propose a plan of reorganisation to keep its business alive and pay creditors over time. Multitudes of sexual abuse claims against clergy have driven the Church to take this step. Read more

Archbishop Apuron convicted on some charges of abuse

Monday, March 19th, 2018

The Vatican has convicted the suspended Anthony Apuron, Archbishop of Agaña (Guam), of some charges made against him of sexually abusing minors. A five-judge apostolic tribunal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announced its verdict in Apuron’s canonical case on March 16. The release did not specify which acts the archbishop had been Read more

Guam – A disaster if Apuron were to returned as bishop

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

“I think that it would be a disaster if Archbishop Apuron were to return as the bishop of record,” Archbishop Byrnes said during a news briefing on  July 6. Byrnes said that he learned from the Notary of Canonical Tribunal in the Vatican that “the discovery period of the trial has ended” and the three Read more

Archbishop Byrnes a “gift” to Guam, but still unfinished business

Monday, June 26th, 2017

After recently meeting Archbishop Michael Byrnes Doris Concepcion believes him to be a “gift” to Guam. But that has not stopped her joining the weekly picket outside the cathedral in Hagåtña  which is calling for the defrocking of the former Archbishop Anthony Apuron. Concepcion is the mother of a now deceased former altar boy who was allegedly Read more

Guam archbishop’s first sex abuse accuser testifies before Vatican tribunal

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

HAGÅTÑA, Guam — Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke and the Vatican tribunal is wrapping up the discovery phase and is entering another phase in the groundbreaking canonical trial of Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron. John Toves, the first to publicly accuse Apuron in 2014 of sexual abuse of a minor, testified before the Vatican tribunal at the Read more

Internal receivership – Cathedral in Guam in US$1.9m debt

Monday, March 27th, 2017

The Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica, in Hagåtña, Guam, incurred $1.9 million in new debt during the past two and a half years, and it is having difficulty paying it back. The cathedral has been placed in an internal receivership, which has taken over its financial management and operations to help pay off its Read more

Cardinal Burke says Guam abuse probe completed within months

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Cardinal Raymond Burke says he’s aiming to wrap up the sex abuse investigation involving Guam’s suspended archbishop by the “summer”. (ie. in the northern hemisphere) He is presiding over the church tribunal hearing the case against Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who faces multiple allegations of sex abuse of altar boys in the 1970s. Apuron has denied the Read more