At any rate, Archbishop Hon is correct that this bill, if passed, will have devastating consequences on our Church. Similar bills have been passed in the U.S., which only resulted in the closures of the Church and the selling of its assets. According to the New York Post:
The US Catholic Church has lost millions of its members over the past 14 years following the child abuse scandal that tarnished its reputation and forced it to sell assets to pay billions of dollars in settlements.The Catholic Church in the United States has spent 3 billion dollars settling the sex abuse scandal. In some states where the statutes of limitations have been lifted, more lawsuits are expected to rise. According to Frontline news:
In Minnesota last year, the state legislature passed a law lifting the civil statute of limitations for child victims of sexual abuse, clearing the way for more lawsuits.The alleged victims including the mother of one of the alleged victim who came forward accusing Archbishop Anthony Apuron all stated that it was not about the Church, but about one man. However, all of them did not just file a lawsuit against only one man. They also filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese (the church), which they all claim to love. The jungle and their supporters all advocated for the passage of this bill, not realizing the consequences it would wreck on the Catholic Church of Guam, whom they claim to love very much. According to Tim Rohr:
How does one seek justice from a 95 year old Luis Brouillard who abused more boys than he can remember. He can hardly leave his couch and has no assets other than a monthly stipend from the Archdiocese of Agana. What the hell, Hon? What the hell!So, because Father Brouillard has no assets, taking the assets of the Church (which he claims to love and defend) is justified? One has to wonder.....is this the same person who showed compassion for Joseph Lastimoza, a convicted rapist and murderer? If the jungle can forgive a rapist and a murderer who repented his sins, why then are they condemning a child molester who repented his sins?