Vatican Convicts Ex-Guam Archbishop Accused of Abuse

Photo: St. Peters, Vatican City

(From AP News)

The Vatican on Friday removed the suspended Guam archbishop from office and ordered him not to return to the Pacific island after convicting him of some charges in a sex abuse trial.

The Vatican didn’t say what exactly Archbishop Anthony Apuron had been convicted of, and the sentence was far lighter than those given high-profile elderly prelates found guilty of molesting minors. It amounts to an early retirement anywhere in the world but Guam, a remote U.S. Pacific territory where nearly everyone is Roman Catholic.

Apuron is 72, while the Vatican retirement age is 75.

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