- Dec 10, 2019
Guam’s Catholic Church filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, a move that will allow the archdiocese to avoid trial in dozens of child sexual abuse lawsuits and enter settlement negotiations.
Guam’s Catholic Church will file for bankruptcy — a move that will allow the archdiocese to avoid trial in dozens of lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse by priests and move toward settlements.
The Archdiocese of Agaña will sell its chancery property in Hagatna and relocate its offices in September.
Archbishop Michael Byrnes said on Monday the Church in Guam is entering a new chapter after the guilty verdict handed down by the Vatican in the sexual abuse case against Archbishop Anthony Apuron.
Waiting for a Vatican verdict on allegations that he sexually abused several boys in the 1970s, Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron of Agana, Guam, attended one of Pope Francis’s weekly general audiences in February.
An embattled archbishop in Guam has denied an allegation that he raped his nephew nearly 20 years ago, when his accuser was a teen.