Archbishop’s new appointment draws concerns

Pacific Daily News

November 24, 2017

By Haidee V. Eugenio

One of Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes’ latest appointments is drawing concern from a group of Catholics, which claims Msgr. David C. Quitugua’s alleged abuse of power as vicar general and judicial vicar under Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron makes him unworthy of holding any post in the chancery.

“(Quitugua) should be retired and removed from being a member of the clergy,” Concerned Catholics of Guam President David Sablan said.

Byrnes appointed Quitugua to serve as associate judge for the Archdiocese of Agana effective Nov. 17.

An associate judge assists the church’s judicial vicar in deciding cases within the archdiocese. Quitugua was a judicial vicar for the archdiocese’s tribunal during Apuron’s time.

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“Quitugua and Adrian Cristobal, the vicar general and chancellor, respectively, under Apuron, were key henchmen in trying to have the Neocatechumenal Way take over our Archdiocese for their own personal gain,” Sablan said. “They had no regard for their fellow clergy members who were not following the NCW.”

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