- Dec 14, 2019
Officials say Guam’s clergy sex abuse survivors could begin receiving compensation from the Catholic Archdiocese of Agana in the first half of 2020.
While the U.S. Catholic Church has been roiled by the child sexual abuse scandal for nearly two decades, Guam’s faithful are still reckoning with new revelations from survivors long shamed into silence by men who claimed divine authority.
Sex abuse victims in Guam are suing the Catholic Church.
For decades in Guam, Archbishop Anthony Apuron oversaw a culture of impunity where abusers went unpunished. Long after it erupted into scandal on the mainland, clergy sexual abuse remained a secret on Guam. On this island where four out of five people are Catholic, the abusers held the power.
A Catholic group has protested the governor of Guam’s plan to recruit abortion providers to the U.S. territory where no doctors are currently willing to terminate pregnancies.
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.