Archbishop Apuron breaks silence; defends against sex abuse allegations

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Former Archbishop Anthony Apuron (PNC file photo)

 

Guam – Archbishop Anthony Apuron has broken his silence to defend himself from the latest allegation of sexual abuse. In a statement he says he’s “lost interest in this world.”

Archbishop Apuron came out of hiding to issue a statement through former Redemptoris Mater Seminary leader Dr. Ricardo Eusebio.

In it, the suspended archbishop vehemently denies the allegations made by his nephew Mark Apuron and all other allegations of sexual abuse.

He said, in part, “As I lay sick after another surgery and I face the final judgment approaching evermore close, having lost interest in this world, God is my witness: I deny all allegations of sexual abuse.”

While the results of a canonical trial have yet to be disclosed, and perhaps because of a delay in its disclosure, the archbishop believes his nephew’s claim is just another attempt to “influence the verdict of the Vatican trial conducted by the Holy See, as a last resort out of fear that I may be exonerated.”

The archbishop also asserts that his nephew was used as a pawn, saying, “all these allegations have been mentored and promoted by the same source.” However, Apuron does not identify who this source may be.

Mark Apuron filed a $5 million claim in District Court, accusing his uncle of raping him when he was a teenager.

You can read Archbishop Apuron’s full statement below:

I have been made aware of an interview given to a Guam news publication in which Mark Apuron accused me of committing an act of sexual abuse against him many years ago. As I lay sick after another surgery and I face the final judgment approaching evermore close, having lost interest in this world, God is my witness: I deny all allegations of sexual abuse made against me, including this last one.

All these events are helping me to direct my hope towards the only righteous judge, and for this I am very thankful. I am saddened, however, by the timing of this latest accusation that alleges an act which supposedly happened in incredible circumstances and surroundings. All these allegations have been mentored and promoted by the same source and this one seems particularly timed to influence the verdict of the Vatican trial conducted by the Holy See, as a last resort out of fear that I may be exonerated.

As the Church in Guam is being destroyed by people who have only their power agenda at heart, may God have mercy on us all and save His Church from the powers of darkness. I pray that the truth may prevail; I pray for my accusers: fill them with what they desire; as for me, when I awake, I will be satisfied with Your face, oh Lord (Ps. 17,15)