Guam – The Archdiocese of Agana has announced that Father John Wadeson has been removed from “active and public ministry.”
The announcement follows a news release issued this past weekend by SNAP [The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests].
The SNAP release states that Father Wadeson has been “named in LA archdiocese records and in news reports as a twice accused predator priest” and “because those allegations were deemed ‘credible’ by church officials, he is not allowed to present himself as a priest anywhere in the Archdiocese of LA.” [see the SNAP release below].
SNAP urged Archbishop Apuron to immediately remove Father Wadeson from ministry and make a public announcement.
The brief statement from Archdiocese Spokesman Tony Diaz states that the action was taken “in response to concerns raised by the community” and it adds that “the Archdiocese of Agana has a policy regarding sexual misconduct and sexual harassment and takes these matters very seriously.”
READ the Statement from the Archdiocese below:
Statement from the Archdiocese of Agana Regarding Fr. John Wadeson
In response to concerns in the community regarding Father John Wadeson serving in the Archdiocese of Agana, the Archbishop has decided to remove Father Wadeson from active and public ministry at this time.
The Archdiocese of Agana has a policy regarding sexual misconduct and sexual harassment and takes these matters very seriously.
READ the release on the SNAP website HERE or below:
For immediate release: Friday, July 18, 2014
We are shocked to learn that a Los Angeles priest from Los Angeles – accused twice of molesting children – now works as a priest on Guam. We strongly urge Guam Catholic officials to oust him.
Fr. John Wadeson, has been named in LA archdiocese records and in news reports as a twice accused predator priest. Because those allegations were deemed “credible” by church officials, he is not allowed to present himself as a priest anywhere in the Archdiocese of LA.
Despite this, Guam Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron is letting Fr. Wadesono work and act as a priest. Apuron also lets Fr. Wadeson travel to other dioceses, including Honolulu.
Although Fr. Wadeson has not been convicted of abuse, the fact that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has banned him from ministry is just cause for Apuron to remove the cleric immediately. We fear that Apuron is putting Guam’s children at direct risk and protecting a credibly accused predator instead of protecting his flock.
We urge Apuron to immediate remove Fr. Wadeson from ministry and make public announcements about Fr. Wadeson at every parish where he has worked or celebrated Mass, begging anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by Fr. Wadeson to step forward, get help, call police, protect others and start healing.
We also beg Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez to immediately tell Apuron about the risks that Fr. Wadeson poses. As a powerful Archbishop, Gomez can easily use his power and influence to ensure that Fr. Wadeson can never work as a priest again.
Finally, we applaud whistleblowers in the Archdiocese of Hagatna, who are working steadfastly to ensure that Fr. Wadeson is removed and his past is exposed.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 20,000 members.
Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)