This is in response to Vince D. and Anonymous 12:08 pm who made the following comments:
On May 13, 2016, Archbishop Apuron responded to a sex abuse ad that was placed in the newspaper by Tim Rohr and CCOG. You can read the Archbishop's response here. According to Archbishop Apuron:
.......the Archdiocese of Agana is in the process of taking canonical measures with the Sacra Rota - the competent canonical tribunal - and filing civil lawsuit against those perpetrating these malicious lies."
On June 3, 2016, a press release from the Archdiocese of Agana also mentioned that Archbishop Apuron was taking steps to have a canonical trial and civil trial to clear his name.
On August 25, 2016, Archbishop Apuron came out in video and through the news media stated that Pope Francis has granted his request for a canonical trial. So, since May 13, 2016, the Archbishop and the Archdiocese of Agana has made it clear to the public that Archbishop Apuron went to Rome to request a canonical trial to clear his name. This was made public THREE TIMES!!! It was made public on May 13th, June 3rd, and on August 25th that Archbishop Apuron intends to pursue a canonical trial in Rome to clear his name.
And what did Rohr say? He claimed that Archbishop Apuron is not going through a canonical trial. According to Rohr (the bold is mine):
Today, the truth has revealed itself. Archbishop Apuron is going through a canonical trial just as he says. Therefore, Rohr is now claiming that the Archbishop ran away or is in hiding. He emphasized this simply because he does not want anyone to question his mistake when he claimed that there was no canonical trial. It is unfortunate that the junglefolks never questioned Rohr about his claim that there was no canonical trial. They also did not question why he suddenly changed his story the moment he learned that there was indeed a canonical trial.
Furthermore, the Archbishop is not having the case thrown out due to a technicality. He is dismissing the defamation lawsuit by the four accusers because he has every right to say that he is innocent. Cardinal Pell also said that he is innocent, but his accusers did not file any defamation lawsuit against him. At least, they understood that the accused have a right to say he is innocent, a right to defend himself. As a matter of fact, Roland Sondia and Walter Denton also filed a 2 million dollar defamation lawsuit against Archbishop Apuron. Never mind the fact that the Archbishop NEVER said anything to these two accusers. I have no idea what defamation Sondia and Denton are referring to when Archbishop Apuron never spoke to them.
As for challenging the public law lifting the statutes of limitations, that is also within the right of Archbishop Apuron. The fact that Rohr, CCOG, LFM, and SNM worked for the passage of a FLAWED AND DEFECTIVE LAW was their problem. They should have worked in getting a just and fair law passed. That would have been the right thing to do.
Nevertheless, Archbishop Apuron DID say that he was pursuing a canonical trial AND a civil trail. The canonical trial is only half of it. The other half is the civil trial. If found not guilty, the Archbishop intends to pursue a civil trial and file a libel and defamation lawsuit against all his accusers. And in this civil trial, there will be no dismissals. As I have pointed out in my last post, priests who have been falsely accused are now fighting back through the civil justice system because it is their name, reputation, and position that was damaged.