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Archbishop accused of sexually molesting altar boys

Published:Monday | September 19, 2016 | 9:00 AM

Archbishop accused of molesting altar boys

HAGATNA, Guam (AP):

A Roman Catholic administrator is urging the Vatican to remove Guam's archbishop, who has refused to resign amid accusations of sexual abuse against altar boys.

The move comes after a letter delivered in July from leaders in the Archdiocese of Agana did not move Archbishop Anthony Apuron to leave his post.

Archbishop Savio Hon, a temporary apostolic administrator for Guam who was appointed by the Vatican after the allegations surfaced, also is urging parishioners to sign a petition upholding the statute of limitation on civil lawsuits for child sex abuse. He said the archdiocese "will be exposed to unlimited financial liability" forcing the sale of church property.

A bill that lifts the current statute of limitation passed the Guam Legislature and is expected to be delivered to the governor's desk on Wednesday. The Guam church has not submitted any substitute bill for consideration.

Priests of the island's 26 Catholic churches were asked to read a two-page letter during yesterday's masses, which Hon sent from Rome, in which he addressed these matters and also stated that Apuron would undergo a canonical trial.

Hon in the letter also announced the creation of a trust fund to provide compensation for Guam's survivors of clergy sex abuse.