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Guam--Pope Names New Administrator After Archbishop Accused of Abuse, Victims Respond

For immediate release, June 6, 2016

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, Western Regional Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, (SNAPNetwork.org http://snapnetwork.org/) (jcasteix@gmail.com949-322-7434 cell)

We are encouraged that the Vatican has taken this first step. Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron is now a twice-accused predator archbishop—who has also been accused of intimidating victims, bullying Catholics, and manipulating church rules regarding abuse to protect himself.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/pope-names-guam-administrator-bishop-accused-abuse-39637009

But this is only a first step.

We urge the new administrator Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai to engage in a complete and independent investigation of the allegations against Apuron and act upon the findings swiftly and appropriately. 

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Rome--Victims’ group has further concerns re pope’s new abuse policy

For immediate release: Sunday, June 5, 2016

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Originally, Francis proposed

--making the cover up of child sex crimes an actual crime in church policy. Now, instead, he’s not. (According to the AP, “Francis appears to have backed off” and according to Kurt Martens, professor of canon law at The Catholic University of America, "There is nothing breaking here” and “what is significant about the new law is that it makes no mention of the proposal for the tribunal, which would have treated negligence as a crime and prosecuted it as such.)

http://www.citizen.com/news/2016-06-06/Nation/Pope_scraps_abuse_tribunal_for_negligent_bishops.html

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