Guam archbishop’s accusers pray Vatican defrocks him for sex abuse

(Pacific Daily News) A spokesperson for the world’s largest network of priest abuse survivors says the Vatican could give Guam’s suspended Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron a sentence of a “life of prayer and penance.” Apuron is accused of raping and sexually abusing altar boys in the 1970s.

A Vatican tribunal on Apuron’s canonical penal trial wrapped up witness depositions, and those who testified said they were told the trial could be completed as soon as early summer.

“I am not very optimistic about the canonical trial. A recent case in Argentina has shown us that even in the most horrific cases, the Vatican’s response is usually a sentence of ‘a life of prayer and penance’,” said Joelle Casteix, volunteer western regional director for the St. Louis-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP.

Casteix was referring to recent reports from Argentina of priests — aided by a nun — raping students as young as 5 in a school for deaf children. [More]


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