- Feb 23, 2020
In an investiture ceremony Jan. 19, Tanzanian Archbishop Novatus Rugambwa, apostolic delegate to the countries of the Pacific Ocean, conferred the pallium on Archbishop Michael J. Byrnes of Agana.
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.
The first time Archbishop Michael J. Byrnes of Agana, Guam, celebrated Mass in his cathedral, he had to cross a picket line to do so.