Publicly apologising on behalf of the whole archdiocese for the “grave harm” caused by former Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron of Agana, Archbishop Michael J. Byrnes said a new chapter of humility, repentance and healing has opened for the Catholic Church in Guam following a Vatican verdict against his predecessor.
“I called and still call upon all Catholics on Guam to intensify their prayers and with great humility, offer sacrifice for the grave harm and sins which we have experienced or have enabled in our Church,” Archbishop Byrnes said during a news conference in Guam on 18th March.
“We hang our heads in shame for the grave evil one member inflicted upon others, in this case the most vulnerable,” he said in remarks, which were later released in a written statement.
“Our prayers for the victims of child abuse by Bishop Apuron and all victims of abuse here and worldwide continue; so shall our efforts to bring healing and restoration to all victims of clergy sexual abuse and to ensure this never happens again,” he said.
Picture: A Vatican tribunal found Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron of Agana, Guam, guilty of sexual abuse of minors. Archbishop Apuron is pictured in a 2012 photo at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).