Suspended Guam Archbishop Apuron Won't Settle Lawsuits Until Canonical Trial Is Completed

Discussions between victims, Catholic diocese could lead to out-of-court settlement 

By Haidee V Eugenio

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, June 13, 2017) – Archishop Anthony Apuron isn't considering settling sex abuse lawsuits against him while his canonical trial is ongoing.

The canonical trial may be coming to a conclusion, said his attorney in the abuse lawsuits, Jacqueline Terlaje.

"I've received word that there may be a decision forthcoming but it's always prospective, especially when it comes from a sovereign nation," Terlaje said after a hearing at the District Court of Guam Tuesday morning. 

Attorney David Lujan, counsel for all Guam clergy sex abuse cases filed in federal court, said he doesn't care much about Aputon's Vatican canonical trial. 

Lujan announced plans last Thursday to settle some lawsuits out of court.

Settlement talks

According to Hope and Healing Guam, the independent board managing sex abuse claims for the Catholic Church on Guam, settlement negotiations began June 9 on behalf of some 60 plaintiffs who have sued archbishops, priests, the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America for alleged sexual abuses.
Hope and Healing and Lujan finalized an agreement to settle, by Sept. 1, clergy sex abuse lawsuits filed in the U.S. District Court of Guam.

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