Church to make announcement on Apuron trial Thursday

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Archbishop Anthony Apuron has vehemently denied the allegations of sexual abuse.

Guam – An update on the canonical trial of Archbishop Anthony Apuron will be made Thursday which also happens to fall on the same date as the next hearing for some of the sex abuse lawsuits in District Court.

“Tomorrow we’ll call another news briefing and we’ll talk about the archbishop,” announced Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Byrnes during a news conference Wednesday.

Byrnes declined to give details, but he noted that it will not focus on any decisions that may have been made during Apuron’s canonical trial. Archbishop Apuron’s legal counsel, Attorney Jacque Terlaje, has indicated in previous interviews that her client’s canonical trial is expected to come to a close sometime this summer.

Apuron is facing several allegations of sex abuse from at least four former altar servers in Guam dating back to the 1970s. Tomorrow’s hearing in federal court will begin at 10 am and involves six of the 80 cases filed against the church so far.