13 Feb 2017

Investigators on their way to Guam, says Catholic Church

11:23 am on 13 February 2017

The Catholic Church on Guam says a group of investigators will soon arrive as part of the canonical trial of the island's archbishop.

Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica in Guam

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

The Archbishop, Anthony Apuron, is facing a Vatican trial after several former altar boys accused him of sexual assault in the 1970s, when he was a parish priest.

The Pacific Daily News reported Archbishop Michael Byrnes - who will replace Archbishop Apuron when he retires, resigns or is removed - also announced tougher policies against sexual abuse.

They include background checks for anyone working around children; requierd reporting to civil authorities any allegation involving minors; and suspension of clergy if an accusation is deemed credible.

After the territory's government removed a statute of limitations last year, the Catholic Church on Guam so far faces 16 lawsuits involving allegations of historical child sex abuse.

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