Pope: Firm measures for clergy who abuse minors

Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com Sept. 22, 2017

Pope Francis this week said the Catholic church will apply the firmest measures to all those who have betrayed their call as clergy and abused children.

His statement comes as Guam awaits the results of the Vatican’s canonical trial of Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron, who has been accused by former altar boys of raping and sexually abusing them in the 1970s.

The pope on Thursday addressed the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, which gathered for its plenary assembly at the Vatican.

“We are ashamed of the abuses committed by holy ministers, who should be the most trustworthy,” the pope said in his prepared remarks.

He said the Catholic church irrevocably and at all levels seeks to apply the principle of “zero tolerance” against the sexual abuse of minors.

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