Call to defrock Catholic priest accused of sex abuse on Guam

RNZ Pacific
March 2, 2020

A support group for victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests on Guam has backed moves to laicize a priest.

Father Adrian Cristobal is named in several lawsuits accusing him of sexual abuse against several minors between 1995 and 2013.

An investigation by the Archdiocese of Agaña recommended that Mr Cristobal be defrocked, although he has taken an appeal to the Vatican.

The Pacific Daily News reports that when allegations against him were first made in 2018, Mr Cristobal was off island and he never returned, defying archdiocese orders for him to do so.

The support group, Concerned Catholics of Guam, has described him as a fugitive, who would probably face a criminal trial if he returned to Guam.

Cristobal is one of dozens of priests named in more than 300 lawsuits alleging decades of child sex abuse on Guam.


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