Monday, 6 June 2016

Pope names Guam administrator after bishop accused of abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday named a special administrator for the Catholic Church on the Pacific territory of Guam after its archbishop was accused of sexually abusing young boys and of keeping church abuse policies weak to protect himself.The archdiocese of Agana in the U.S. territory said last week it had hired a law firm and independent investigator to look into the allegations against Archbishop Anthony Apuron and how abuse cases were handled by his church.On Monday, Francis named Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, the No. 2 official in the Vatican's mission office, as "apostolic administrator" for Agana. Apostolic administrators are named to run dioceses or archdioceses temporarily in the pope's name, usually pending the nomination of a new bishop.Apuron, who technically remains in his post, has vigorously denied allegations he sexually abused an altar boy and a now-deceased son of an Arizona woman in the 1970s, when he was a priest. The allegations came back to t

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