Archbishop Apuron removes priest from public ministry

By Gaynor Dumat-Ol Daleno
Pacific Daily News
July 22, 2014

Archbishop Apuron

Archdiocese of Agana Archbishop Anthony Apuron announced just minutes ago he has removed Father John Wadeson from public ministry over community concerns that the priest faces sex abuse allegations in Los Angeles.

"In response to concerns in the community regarding Father John Wadeson serving in the Archdiocese of Agana, the archbishop has decided to remove Father Wadeson from active and public ministry at this time," a statement from the archdiocese states.

"The Archdiocese of Agana has a policy regarding sexual misconduct and sexual harassment and takes these matters very seriously," according to the statement.

Wadeson was accepted as a priest under the Archdiocese of Agana after the archdiocese in Los Angeles barred him from priestly duties there over two sex abuse allegations, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests announced over the weekend.

The network had urged Apuron "to immediately remove Father Wadeson from ministry and make public announcements about Father Wadeson at every parish where he has worked or celebrated Mass."

Wadeson is listed as a resident of the Redemptoris Matter Seminary in Yona, but he was not available for comment when the Pacific Daily News called the seminary earlier today.


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