Archbishop Anthony Apuron faces fresh abuse allegation

Archbishop Anthony Apuron faces fresh abuse allegation January 14, 2018

Catholic Church officials in Guam say they have notified the Vatican of a new sexual abuse allegation against Archbishop Anthony Apuron.
According to the Archdiocese of Agana, a relative of the homophobic Apuron told local media he was abused by the archbishop in 1990. Apuron already faces multiple allegations of sexual abuse of altar boys in the 1970s.

He has denied those claims and has not been criminally charged.
The allegations against Apuron prompted a Vatican tribunal. Archbishop Michael Byrnes says he was informed by Vatican officials late last year that a verdict has been reached, but it has not yet been released.
The Vatican sent Byrnes to Guam to replace Apuron on an administrative basis.

This latest charge against Apuron follows a request by a prosecutor in Peru for a court order to incarcerate Luis Fernando Figari, above, while he is being investigated for psychological and sexual abuse.
Figari is the founder of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, a religious community of men, and the Marian Community of Reconciliation, a community of women.  In 2002, he was named a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Laity, and served in subsequent consultative roles at the Vatican.
He has been the subject of abuse allegations since 2011, but according to this Spanish report, a Vatican investigation last February concluded that while Figari had committed “gravely sinful acts”, the Holy See could find no evidence of criminal activity. This, despite the fact that a team of independent investigators commissioned by the Sodalitium reported that:

Figari sexually assaulted at least one child, manipulated, sexually abused, or harmed several other young people; and physically or psychologically abused dozens of others.

The investigative team included a former FBI agent, and several experts on sexual abuse. All details of the independent investigation were given to the media and to Peruvian authorities. The report concluded that:

Between 1975 and 2000 and once in 2007, five members of Sodalitium, including Figari, sexually abused minors.

The Peruvian prosecutor requested that other former members of the SCV also be incarcerated during ongoing investigations.
Peruvian law permits judges to remand suspects of criminal activity to incarceration while they are being investigated, if they are considered flight risks, or a risk to pose grave danger. A criminal investigation against the men began in January 2017.
The five members alleged to have committed sexual abuse are Figari, German Doig, who died in 2001, Virgilio Levaggi, Jeffrey Daniels and Daniel Murguía.
Of these five, only Figari remains a member of the Sodalitium. In February 2017, the Vatican’s congregation for religious life issued a decree forbidding him from any contact with the religious community, and banning him from returning to Peru without permission from the current superior of the Sodalitium. Figari was also forbidden to make any public statements.

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  • Farmer Giles

    “Vatican investigation last February concluded that while Figari had committed “gravely sinful acts”, the Holy See could find no evidence of criminal activity”.
    That phrase tells you all you need to know about the rcc. The rape of children is not viewed by the rcc as a crime at all. The rcc not only considers easy access to vulnerable children as a sexual outlet for priests. They consider sex with children a rightful perk for priests who give up so many other things in the service of the rcc. Children are merely sex toys for the priests. Thats it. Simple. Classing child rape as a SIN means that the priesthood can immunise themselves from damnation by the simple acts of confession and prayer and in the certainty that the rcc will protect and hide them from civil criminal prosecution.

  • Broga

    Farmer Giles: When I think of my young grandchildren, the idea of vigilante action starts to become appealing.

  • Italian Scallion

    Since the Catholic Church thinks it is okay for sick minded priests to sexually abuse young boys, then the only course of action would be to put these scumbags to death. As I always say, “ALL religions are evil, especially islam.”

  • AgentCormac

    Sorry to sound like a scratched record, but if this loathsome, despicable, criminal organisation was anything other than a religion it would have been shut down decades ago and its entire board of directors would have been sent to prison for ever. But they haven’t. And they won’t be. And it really is an absolute, mind-boggling disgrace.

  • sowa

    Shit. For Catholic Church any day without sexual scandal must be a day wasted.
    Public should finally acknowledge them for what they really are – a paedophile ring. People throw money at them, when they should throw rocks.

  • Farmer Giles

    And it isn’t just the Catholics raping children.
    Former Cottingham vicar denies 11 sex offences – BBC News
    The CoE has its share of child rapists too and they seem to have a powerful hold over the BBC because this was on the BBC News Website Home Page earlier this morning but now it has been relegated to BBC News Website Home Page > UK > England > Humberside News. Seems freedom of speech is being resisted by the CoE and its suplicants in the BBC.

  • Farmer Giles

    And according to the Church Times …
    “CANON Terence Grigg of Grove Street, Norton, has been charged with nine counts of indecent assault and two serious sexual assaults against five victims. The alleged offences took place between 1973 and 1996, when he was Vicar of Stainton-in-Cleveland, and subequently Rector of Cottingham, and a Canon and Prebendary of York Minster. Some of the offences are alleged to have taken place in London. He appeared at Beverley Magistrates’ Court last week and was released on bail, to appear at Hull Crown Court on 28 June. He retired in 2004. The diocese of York said that the Archbishop of York “withdrew some time ago all permission to minister as a priest in the Church of England”.
    Note the last sentence which confirms that the CoE Powers have known for some time about the Canon’s behaviour. Disgraceful. Nearly as bad as the rcc.

  • gedediah

    So the RCC has forbidden him from making any public statements. Wonder why? In case he incriminates the rest of them?