1 Jun 2016

Guam Archbishop denies another abuse allegation

5:02 pm on 1 June 2016

The Archbishop of Guam is denying another allegation of historical sexual abuse.

But a group for abuse survivors is now calling for the Pope to remove Archbishop Anthony Apuron while an investigation is conducted.

The Pacific Daily News reported an Arizona woman was claiming her son, who was now deceased, was molested by the Archbishop while he was serving as an altar boy in the 1970s.

It followed a similar claim made two weeks ago against Archbishop Apuron.

The Archbishop was denying both allegations and in a statement said the Archdiocese of Agana was taking legal measures against those "perpetrating these malicious lies".

But the US-based group, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests is calling on the Vatican and Pope Francis to adhere to their promises of child safety.

SNAP said Archbishop Apuron had to be removed from office until an independent investigation was completed.

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