16 Feb 2017

Doubt over Vatican investigation of Guam abuse allegations

3:19 pm on 16 February 2017

A lawyer representing former altar boys on Guam is casting doubt on the trial being held by the Vatican to investigate allegations the island's Archbishop abused them.

Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica in Guam

Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica in Guam Photo: Copyright: ziggymars / 123RF Stock Photo

Vatican representatives are today meeting with Roland Sondia, one of those who has accused Archbishop Anthony Apuron of sexual abuse in the 1970s.

Lawyer David Lujan said he, and his client, were attending the depositions hearing which is part of a canonical trial.

But he's already questioning its effectiveness.

"I'm dubious about anything regarding the Catholic Church and how it deals with priests and sex abuse complainants. The history has been nothing but to cover up."

Mr Lujan said there was a widespread conspiracy to conceal abuse in the church on Guam.