Vatican convicts ex-Guam archbishop accused of abuse

Source: Associated Press

By NICOLE WINFIELD

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Convicted Archbishop of Guam. The religious life should be about human rights, compassion and justice, rather than organized religion and dogma

The Vatican didn’t say what exactly Archbishop Anthony Apuron had been convicted of, and the sentence was far lighter than those given high-profile elderly prelates found guilty of molesting minors. It amounts to an early retirement anywhere in the world but Guam, a remote U.S. Pacific territory where nearly everyone is Roman Catholic.

Apuron is 72, while the Vatican retirement age is 75.

The Vatican spokesman declined to comment. Calls placed to the tribunal judge weren’t answered. Apuron’s whereabouts weren’t immediately known.

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