Archbishop addresses nearly 200 clergy sex abuse lawsuits


September 25, 2018

By Krystal Paco

“We bear responsibility. We are culpable” – these words from Guam’s Archbishop Michael Byrnes in his Message to the People of Christ. Last week, parties in the nearly 200 clergy sexual abuse lawsuits participated in mediation talks, but did not reach a global settlement.

Archbishop Byrnes welcomes the process noting, “As a faith people striving to correct the grave wrongs of the past, we do not have the power to change history. As much as we want, we cannot undo the sins and crimes that were perpetrated by much too many clergymen and laypersons upon innocent children who relied on the Church for faith and guidance.”

Parties, meanwhile, will check in with the courts on November 8.

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