29 Sep 2016

Lawsuits loom for Guam church

8:27 am on 29 September 2016

The Catholic Church in Guam could be facing lawsuits as soon as next week now a bill has passed enabling child sex abuse survivors to sue at any time.

Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica in Guam

Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica in Guam Photo: 123rf

Last week Guam Governor Eddie Calvo signed into law the bill, removing the statute of limitations for lawsuits against child sex abusers and their institutions.

Lawyer David Lujan, who represents nine victims accusing clergy members of abuse, said his clients are elated by the law.

He said he plans to file legal action against Archbishop Anthony Apuron and the other alleged perpetrators, and the Church next week.

"Of course the other deep pockets is the church. The purpose of the legislation was to provide a deep pocket so that whatever is recovered by the victims, it will be a meaningful recovery."

Mr Lujan said he expects more victims of abuse by clergy members to come forward following the introduction of the new law.

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