In today's Pacific Daily News, the Vatican has confirmed that the canonical trial is ongoing. The PDN further stated:
We do not know how long the canonical trial will be. Archbishop Byrnes says that the trial is already in its second phase, but we do not know how many phases there are. However, the good news so far is that the canonical trial is taking place at a slow pace. This indicates that the judges are looking into everything. Another good news is that there was no penalty imposed on Archbishop Apuron. Let us continue to pray for Archbishop Apuron.Attorney Michael Pfau, a leading Washington State-based lawyer who has Attorney Michael Pfau, a leading Washington State-based lawyer who has represented hundreds of clergy abuse survivors in multiple states, said the Guam situation is “unique” because its own archbishop is the one accused of abuse.“Most cases involve a bishop accused of covering up the abuse of his priests,” said Pfau, who also handled cases involving abuse by the bishop’s close advisers.Pfau has been working with the Guam-based law office of Dooley Roberts Fowler & Visosky LLP on clergy abuse cases.The Holy See Press Office at the Vatican confirmed that Apuron’s canonical trial is ongoing. However, the office said it cannot release other information until after the trial is over, and referred further questions about the trial to the local archdiocese, the Archdiocese of Agana.