HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The Latest on the Guam Archbishop accused of sexually abuse (all times local):
Members of the Catholic church in Guam are reacting with devastation to the accusations that Archbishop Anthony Apuron sexually abused young boys decades ago. But they’re saying they’re still resilient in their faith.
Pope Francis on Monday named Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai to take over the Hagatna archdiocese after abuse allegations against Apuron resurfaced in recent weeks.
Patricia Perry of Guam says the situation is causing a lot of mistrust, anger and pointed fingers.
In a prayer meeting with clergy and faithful in a packed church on Thursday, Hon sought cooperation and said he was following the Holy Father’s instructions to restore unity, harmony and stability in the local church.
The Vatican administrator appointed to temporarily oversee the Catholic church in Guam has arrived on the island while an investigation is underway into allegations that its archbishop sexually assaulted young boys.
The Pacific Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1svXJiI ) that Pope Francis named Archbishop Savio Tai Fai Hon on Monday to take over the Agana archdiocese and he is expected to remain in Guam pending the outcome of the investigation. Church Pastor Monsignor Brigido Arroyo says Hon will lead a prayer meeting Thursday afternoon at Saint Anthony and Saint Victor Church in Tamuning.
Archbishop Anthony Apuron denies sexually assaulting two boys when he was a priest decades ago. Before his demotion Tuesday, he issued a decree declaring an association of Catholics who have been critical of his leadership “prohibited.”