Guam- Abuse victims blast priest & archbishop

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

For more information: Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, 949-322-7434 cell, [email protected], David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, [email protected]

Abuse victims blast priest & archbishop

Twice-accused cleric lived in Guam for years

SNAP: Archbishop knew about abuse but did nothing 

Now exposed, child molesting cleric heads to Bay Area

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is blasting a twice-accused Catholic predator priest for "hurtful, self-aggrandizing comments" he made as he left Guam for California.

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are criticizing Fr. John H. Wadeson for calling accusations about his alleged abuse “viciousness and lies ... about me and our (Archbishop Anthony Apuron).”

Fr. Wadeson worked in Hagatna in Guam until a few days ago, when SNAP publicly exposed that he has been accused of abuse twice and has been banned from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Archbishop Apuron then suspended Fr. Wadeson. The comments were made after Wadeson was removed.

The information about Fr. Wadeson was on the internet and posted in Los Angeles Archdiocese documents dating back to 2004. Guam Catholics have also publicly called on the Archbishop to take action.

SNAP believes that Apuron's behavior is dangerous.

“Apuron knew that Fr. Wadeson was a predator and had been banned from Los Angeles, but he simply didn't care,” said Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, SNAP Western Regional Director. “That behavior is unacceptable, reckless, and against common morality.”

While in Guam, Fr. Wadeson was a powerful priest with close ties to Apuron. They are pictured together on numerous websites and Fr. Wadeson even traveled with Apuron to Hawaii to celebrate the Archbishop's 30th anniversary. Victims are scared that Fr. Wadeson's comments show that he has no understanding of his past and is an even greater risk to children.

“Fr. Wadeson should never have been allowed to work in Guam,” said Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP's outreach director. “And when local Catholics became upset, Apuron acted like a bully, silencing his critics and defending a banned priest."

The group has heard that Fr. Wadeson is now on his way to San Francisco, where it is rumored that he may have “faculties,” which would enable him to keep working as a priest. 

“We beg church officials in California to ensure that Fr. Wadeson is exposed and not allowed to act as a priest,” Casteix said. 

“We urge anyone who saw, suspects or suffered child sex crimes to immediately speak up, call police, protect children and start healing,” said Dorris. “We also want Archbishop Apuron to do what roughly 30 US bishops have done: post on his website, for the sake of public safety, the names, photos and whereabouts of all child molesting clerics who are or have been in Guam.”

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is 

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])

Showing 5 comments

  • Danny Sabato
    commented 2014-07-25 06:39:04 -0500
    The bishop and Tim Rohr has to go
  • Danny Sabato
    commented 2014-07-25 06:38:06 -0500
    accused means nothing
  • Danny Sabato
    commented 2014-07-25 06:36:58 -0500
    Can you please show some proof of your accusations, that would help a lot, so far I dont see any proof aside accusations
  • Catherine San Nicolas
    commented 2014-07-23 16:31:40 -0500
    Very sad. And to think the Archbishop caused so much grief and pain among parishioners at Santa Barbara Catholic Church in Dededo, Guam by the removal of Fr. Paul Gofigan for doing what good shepherds do.
    Archbishop Apuron has double standards.
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