20 Feb 2018

Sex abuse claim against Guam church brings total lawsuits to 157

2:35 pm on 20 February 2018

Another lawsuit has been filed against the Catholic Church in Guam, bringing the total lawsuits alleging historical sexual abuse to 157.

Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica in Guam

Photo: 123rf

The latest case, against a priest Louis Brouillard, is for raping an altar boy during sleepovers when he was a teenager in the 1970s.

Mr Brouillard, who is now 96, was on Guam from 1948 to 1981, and is accused of abusing boys in 100 of the lawsuits the church is facing.

He has admitted abusing boys during his time on Guam, before the church relocated him to the United States mainland.

Fifteen other priests, two archbishops and a bishop have also been implicated in abuse that spans from the mid-1950s to the early 1990s.

So far, the sum of the lawsuits the Catholic Church is facing exceeds $US600 million.

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