Archbishop of Guam denies abuse allegations, welcomes envoy

Archbishop Anthony Apuron

The Archbishop of Guam says he welcomes the appointment of a Vatican administrator to run the Church on the Pacific island pending an investigation into allegations he sexually abused young boys decades ago, reports The Catholic Herald.

In a video shot in St Peter’s Square, Archbishop Anthony Apuron spoke to his flock in the US territory, insisting he remained their Archbishop and was a “victim of these horrible calumnies.”

Pope Francis on Monday named a high-ranking Vatican official to take over the Agana archdiocese after abuse allegations against Archbishop Apuron resurfaced in recent weeks. A church deacon publicly accused Archbishop Apuron of keeping the archdiocese’s sex abuse policy weak to protect himself.

The Archbishop has accused the deacon, Stephen Martinez, of being part of a conspiracy to oust him over a soured property deal.

In mid-May, Roy Quintanilla told the media that Archbishop Apuron had sexually abused him 40 years ago when Mr Quintanilla was a 12-year-old altar server at a parish in Agat, Guam, where then-Fr Apuron was pastor, Catholic News Service reports.

In a statement released hours later, Archbishop Apuron said, “To be absolutely clear and to avoid any misinterpretations of my statement, I deny all allegations of sexual abuse by Roy Quintanilla.”

Photo: Archbishop Anthony Apuron at the Vatican in 2012 (CNS)


Archbishop of Guam denies abuse allegations and welcomes Vatican envoy (The Catholic Herald)

Pope Francis puts Guam archbishop accused of sex abuse on leave (RNS/NCR)

Archbishop facing abuse allegations says he’s a ‘victim’ (Crux)

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