Guam -- Canon lawyers say Vatican verdict against Guam archbishop probably not for sexual abuse: survivors respond

For immediate release Thursday, April 5, 2018

Statement by Tim Lennon, Volunteer President of SNAP’s Board of Directors (415-312-5820

Last month a Vatican tribunal found Archbishop Anthony Apuron  of Guam "guilty of certain of the accusations" against him. This decision was hailed by some as the first time the Catholic Church had disciplined a bishop alleged to have sexually abused minors. The tribunal removed Apuron from his position and prohibited him from living on Guam. However, this week several canon lawyers have come forward to say that the verdict is unlikely to have been for sexual abuse, because Apuron was not defrocked.

As survivors, we here at SNAP were disappointed, but not surprised, that so little information about the verdict was released and that the sentence was so lenient. The opinions of the canon lawyers only confirms our belief that the Catholic Church continues to place a higher value on its clergy then on the young lives entrusted to their care.

We call for a full disclosure of the allegations for which Apuron was found to be guilty. We further urge every Church official to turn over the contents of their secret files to local law enforcement for investigation and possible prosecution.

(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


Tim Lennon, (415-312-5820,, Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175,, Becky Ianni (703-801-6044,


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  • John Nesbella
    commented 2018-04-06 13:07:21 -0500
    Big Deal-nothing has been done to him yet…and likely never will before he dies. See Below

    “But the doctrinal congregation’s statement made clear that Apuron still has the right to appeal the ruling, and that during such an appeal the penalties against the archbishop are suspended.”

    Of all the men on the face of Earth-no law and order applies to these men-Roman Catholic clergy. They have a literal blank check to get away with anything they want. No checks and balances in their church organization, no law, no order, no accountability. They can rape small children and sodomize each other and then stand up in church and their people will bow down to them-not God. It’s the perfect place for the vilest men on the face of the earth to become leaders and do whatever they want. And it will continue to be that way as long as people flock to them and allow them to get away with it.

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