Former archbishop Apuron attempting to settle

Former Archbishop Anthony Apuron (PNC file photo)

It’s been a while since there’s been news about the sexual abuse lawsuits filed against former Archbishop Anthony Apuron. The latest court documents reveal that the fallen bishop is attempting to settle.

To date, there are nine individuals who have stepped forward, accusing Apuron of sexual abuse, including his nephew Mark Apuron who filed two claims.

The update was filed with the District Court of Guam by Apuron’s attorney, Jacqueline Terlaje, who provided a status report on where they are in terms of negotiations.

According to the documents, none of the 10 lawsuits filed have reached closure as Apuron is engaged in mediation or active negotiations for settlement.

It was in April of last year that the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith rejected an appeal by the now-former archbishop, upholding its judgment of finding him guilty of abuse against minors.

While the number of charges against Apuron was not disclosed, according to the doctrinal tribunal, the decision is final and no further appeal can be sought.

The penalties imposed on Apuron include his removal from office, prohibition from using the insignia attached to the rank of bishop, and a ban on residing in Guam.