Hon: Church is treating latest accusation against church members seriously

Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, Pacific Daily News August 3, 2016

Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai said Tuesday the Archdiocese of Agana treats seriously the latest accusation of sex abuse against a priest and two members of the church.

During a public hearing at the Legislature on Monday, Leo B. Tudela, 73, told senators a priest and two other members of the Catholic Church sexually abused him in the 1950s. Tudela was one of several people who testified on a bill that would lift the time restriction for victims of child abuse to file lawsuits against their perpetrators.

Tudela said the Archdiocese of Agana appears to have failed to not only stop abuses but also tolerated and perpetuated “evil acts upon young innocent boys.”

Hon on Tuesday reiterated his desire to meet with people who’ve recently accused Arcbishop Anthony Apuron of sexual abuse. He also said he wants to meet with Tudela.

“As I said previously, when allegations of this sort happen, we realize it is a very serious matter so we treat them as such, independent of whatever feeling I have,” Hon said.

Following an interview with Pacific Daily News on Tuesday, Hon released a statement to media listing additions to the local church’s current policy on how to handle sexual misconduct cases.

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