Priest Accused of Sexual Contact With Minor to Host Retreat for Youth This Month
By Janela Carrera
Pacific News Center
April 12, 2016
Father Luis Camacho was arrested last year and charged with custodial interference. He resigned as priest of two Southern churches as a result.
Guam - Another member of the Catholic Church is calling for the resignation of Archbishop Anthony Apuron, but not over recent concerns over the Redemptoris Mater Seminary. Teri Untalan says a priest who was accused of sexual misconduct with a minor last year is now once again in active ministry involving youth.
Teri Untalan is a member of the Santa Barbara Catholic parish but is not part of any formal group. She wrote to Archbishop Anthony Apuron yesterday calling for his resignation.
"I wrote this letter on my behalf and on behalf of all anonymous Catholics I suppose, friends of mine, people that I know that have come up to me and asked what can we do, what can be done," explains Untalan.
Untalan says she and many others recently became aware of the whereabouts of Father Luis Camacho. Father Camacho resigned as pastor of the two churches he was overseeing last year March here on Guam after he was arrested and charged with custodial interference for picking up a 17-year-old student without permission from school and taking her to a secluded beach.
Allegations then surfaced that Father Camacho had engaged in oral sex with the minor. At the time, Archbishop Apuron announced that a canonical investigation would be launched. The results of the investigation, however, were never released.
"The fact that rather than an investigation being conducted about his behavior, he was shipped off island and only to find out that not only was he shipped off island, but he’s again working with youth," argues Untalan.
Father Luis Camacho appears now to be serving at the Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Qatar. He’s even scheduled to host a youth retreat at the end of this month, according to the church’s website.
"That’s what we were told that he would be taken off active ministry until they had investigated this issue. Well conducting a youth retreat, ministering to youth is definitely active ministry and it just screams wrong," Untalan points out.
Although Father Luis Camacho was never convicted of any crime, Untalan points out that he has a record of arrest involving a minor and that at the time, Father Camacho was in a position of trust.
"That’s where I’m concerned, not only with the danger of youth but the danger to our financial situation a diocese," says Untalan. "I’m just concerned that other youth are being put in harms way; that should somebody be harmed by him and a lawsuit brought upon against him because he’s a priest that belongs to the catholic church, they’re gonna go back to where ever he originated from and if it was known that he had a history here, it could come back to us. They could say, 'Alright our archbishop negligently sent him off somewhere else."
We reached out to the Archdiocese of Agana for comment but did not get a response as of news time. We also reached out to Bishop Camillo Ballin, the apostolic vicar of Northern Arabia and he not received a response as of news time.