HAGÅTÑA, Guam >> The new leader of the Catholic church in Guam will meet with his brother priests as his first order of business on Monday as he attempts to heal this U.S. territory rocked by allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of clergy, even the current archbishop.
Archbishop Michael Byrnes says he has been praying for those who have come forward to share their stories.
Byrnes has been sent by the Vatican from Detroit to Guam to replace the current Archbishop Anthony Apuron on an administrative basis.
Apuron has been Guam’s highest Catholic leader for 30 years but faces a church trial over multiple allegations of sex abuse of altar boys in the 1970s. He denies the charges, and has not been criminally charged.
Byrnes says Apuron’s church trial has already started.