Criticism against Guam archbishop continues

By Sabrina Salas Matanane
July 24, 2014

Guam - The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) continues its criticism of Archbishop Anthony Apuron, particularly his hiring of Father John Wadeson several years ago. Wadeson was twice accused of child molestation in California and was banned from the Los Angeles Archdiocese.  After SNAP exposed the information, the archbishop via a press release announced he removed Father Wadeson from ministry in Guam. He did not say where or how long Wadeson was practicing locally. SNAP today in a press release states it believes Apuron's behavior is dangerous. SNAP western regional director Joelle Casteix says Apuron knew that Father Wadeson was a predator and had been banned from Los Angeles, but simply didn't care. "That behavior is unacceptable, reckless, and against common morality."  We should add Father Wadeson was never convicted.  KUAM has requested an interview with the archbishop and reaction to comments from SNAP, we are awaiting a response. Additionally, after the archdiocese issued a press release about Father Wadeson's removal, the following day he left island.


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