AZ – Phoenix priest subject of abuse lawsuit in Guam
Statement by Tim Lennon, Volunteer President of SNAP’s Board of Directors (415-312-5820, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org)
A priest from the Archdiocese of Agana in Guam currently working in Phoenix has been recalled to the island after a lawsuit accused him of sexual abuse. This is the first public allegation against Father Adrian Cristobal.
While we have no firsthand knowledge about the accusations against Father Cristobal, we do know that research has shown that false allegations of abuse are extremely rare.
Father Cristobal was the former chancellor of the Archdiocese of Agana under Archbishop Anthony Apuron. When the archbishop was placed on leave in 2016 as a result of abuse allegations against him, the Vatican also replaced Father Cristobal as chancellor. The priest was then assigned to the San Dionisio in Umatac.
We urge anyone who has been victimized in the Phoenix Diocese or elsewhere to protect children by calling police, to get help by calling therapists, and to receive comfort by calling support groups like ours.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 supporters. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contacts - Tim Lennon (415-312-5820, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org), Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175), Becky Ianni (703-801-6044, SNAPVirginia@cox.net)
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.