KUAM received a press release from the Archdiocese of Agana Media Relations Fr. Edivaldo da Silva Oliveira. The release states the appointment of Archbishop Hon was at the request of Archbishop Apuron “pending the investigation of an abuse allegation”. The release states that the appointment of an apostolic administrator “sede plena” means that while the administrator will discharge the archdiocesan pastoral duties, Archbishop Apuron remains the Archbishop of Agana. “The Archdiocese and the Archbishop warmly welcome Archbishop Hon to Guam,” the release added.
The Archdiocese has argued that the Archbishop is the victim of a malicious smear campaign because of his efforts to clean up the church.