Group calls on Vatican to ‘publicly remove Apuron’ until investigation is complete

Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, Pacific Daily News May 31, 2016

The world’s largest support group for clergy abuse victims on Tuesday called on Archbishop Anthony Apuron to step aside, as well as for the Vatican and Pope Francis to remove him in light of the most recent allegation of molestation against the highest Catholic leader in Guam.

“The time for ‘internal investigations,’ bullying parishioners and maintaining the status quo is over,” Joelle Casteix, Western Regional Director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said in a statement.

“Two brave people have now come forward to allege child sexual abuse at the hands of Archbishop Apuron,” Casteix said.

Doris Y. Concepcion, of Prescott, Ariz., recently told Pacific Daily News her deceased son, when he was serving as an altar boy, was molested by Apuron when the latter was the parish priest at Mount Carmel Church in Agat in the late 1970s.

Concepcion said her son, Joseph A. Quinata, revealed his secret shortly before he died 11 years ago.

The mother said she decided to come forward after seeing the news that another former altar boy, Roy Quintanilla, on May 17, said Apuron molested him during a sleepover at Apuron’s home in the 1970s.

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