Archbishop Hon Appoints New Sex Abuse Response Coordinator


Guam – The Archdiocese of Agana has a new sex abuse response coordinator, but his primary focus will be on the church’s sex abuse policy.


Last week, apostolic administrator Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai appointed Deacon Leonard Stohr as the new SARC to replace Deacon Larry Claros who held the position for about two years.

Deacon Stohr tells PNC that his primary focus will be on reviewing the Archdiocese’s sex abuse policy in order to update the current policies. Deacon Stohr says his goal is to turn the church’s sex abuse policy “into a good instrument that will provide protection of minors on Guam.”

He also says that he’ll be working with Archbishop Hon to rebuild the Archdiocesan Review Board which had collapsed in recent months as a result of the sex abuse allegations made against Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

Deacon Stohr says he will not be involved in the investigation into Archbishop Apuron. Deacon Stohr has been a deacon for the last 13 years. He is currently assigned to the Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Yigo.