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Guam alerts Vatican

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The Vatican has been alerted about the newest allegation of abuse against suspended Archbishop Anthony Apuron, according to the Archdiocese of Agana.

Apuron’s nephew, Mark Mafnas Apuron, in an exclusive interview with the Guam Daily Post, accused his uncle of sexually abusing him in 1990 while at an event at the Archdiocese of Agana Chancery Office.

Archbishop Michael Byrnes acknowledged the allegation of sexual abuse and confirmed he alerted the Vatican about the newest case and said any subsequent information regarding the case will be “forwarded expeditiously to Rome” in adherence with the Archdiocese’s new, strengthened sexual abuse policy.

Mark Apuron said he was 16 when the alleged abuse occurred in his “Uncle Tony’s” bathroom at the chancery. He alleges he was raped by his uncle and the incident resulted in him being estranged from his immediately family members and feeling ashamed and petrified.

“I believed he was the powerful, untouchable uncle,” Mark Apuron stated.

Byrnes said he continues to await the results of the Vatican Tribunal that determined a verdict in Archbishop Apruon’s case late last year.

“All allegations of sexual abuse brought to the attention of our archdiocese are important because of the grave, irreversible harm all victims of abuse suffer at the hands of persons they once trusted,” Archbishop Byrnes said. “We are committed to protecting all children and young people entrusted to our care and to not repeat the serious failings of the past.”

Byrnes has asked the island community to pray for Mark Apuron as well as other individuals who have recently filed lawsuits against the Archdiocese and retired priest, Father Louis Brouillard.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/101397-guam-alerts-vatican

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