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Shattered faith: Nearly 100 sex abuse suits against Catholic priests rock island of Guam

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  1. lightningintheicysky

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    >There was yardwork and cleaning, followed by invitations to the rectory to eat and watch TV. Soon, there were offers to drink sacramental wine and watch X-rated movies. Then sexual assault.

    >The lawsuits and other public statements collectively claim that **priests preyed on children for nearly four decades**, with allegations of wrongdoing reaching the highest levels of the Guam Catholic hierarchy.  

    >In some cases, they were told that sexual acts were “penance” or were needed to earn Boy Scout badges, according to lawsuits. In at least two lawsuits, accusers said the abuse was reported to local police decades ago.

    >Even as adults, victims feared discussing what happened. “I was told outright that victims were scared that they would be shunned from their families, kicked out of the church, lose their jobs, or that by speaking out against the church or Apuron, they would threaten the financial security of their loved ones.”

    >Guam’s sexual abuse controversy appears to have seeped more deeply into its smaller community. There are more than 4.7 million people in the greater Boston area, while the population of Guam — an island about 3,800 miles west of Hawaii — is fewer than 163,000 people. Per capita, that’s 12 lawsuits per 100,000 in Boston, compared with 59 lawsuits per 100,000 in Guam. 

    >All eight of Guam’s trial court judges, for instance, have recused themselves from at least some lawsuits, saying they have familial or business ties to either the plaintiffs or the defendants, court documents show.

    A few examples of the lawsuits:

    *Archbishop Anthony Apuron, 13 Guam priests and others, including a Catholic schoolteacher, a Catholic school janitor  and a Boy Scout leader, are alleged to be sexual predators. Guam’s Archdiocese of Agana is a defendant in 96 lawsuits. The complaints detail alleged attacks from 1955 through 1994 and claim some religious leaders knew of the exploitation and ignored it. One retired priest, who admitted in an affidavit that he sexually abused 20 or more boys, still receives a monthly stipend from the archdiocese. The accusations also ensnare the Boy Scouts of America, where that priest also served as a scoutmaster. The scouting group is named as a co-defendant in 52 lawsuits

    *In the 1970s, Apuron molested Roy Taitague Quintanilla, then 12, and raped Walter Denton, then 13, according to Quintanilla’s and Denton’s respective lawsuits. Both Quintanilla and Denton said they spoke, separately, with priest Jack Niland, about the alleged abuse. In a 2015 letter to the Vatican, Denton said that after he and another former altar boy told Niland that Apuron raped them, Niland told them, “Well, boys, priesthood is a very lonely life.” Niland, now deceased, was accused of child molestation in a separate lawsuit.

    *In 1988, then-priest Raymond Cepeda threw Timothy Ryan Shiroma, then around age 9, to a basilica office floor and got on top of him, according to Shiroma’s lawsuit. When Shiroma began to cry, Cepeda allegedly unzipped a backpack, pushed Shiroma’s head inside and sexually assaulted him.  A separate lawsuit filed by a man identified as B.B.J. says that in 1982, Cepeda officiated a funeral Mass for his grandmother, then fondled him during the car ride to the cemetery. Cepeda, who was defrocked in 2009 amid sexual abuse allegations, could not be reached for comment and has not filed a legal response.  

    *Between 1985 and 1988, then-priest Andrew Mannetta is said to have sexually assaulted a victim, identified only as N.Q. in his lawsuit, in the rectory adjacent to San Miguel church.  Mannetta, who was removed from the clergy in 2002 amid abuse allegations, could not be reached for comment, and no response to the lawsuit has been filed.

    *Priest Ray Techaira allegedly molested a plaintiff,  identified only as J.A., on the day J.A. turned 7 in 1984. J.A. claims Techaira then gave him $20 and said what happened should be kept a secret. Techaira, who is now deceased, went on to rape or molest J.A. more than 100 times, according to the lawsuit. No response to the lawsuit has been filed. 

    *Priest and scoutmaster Louis Brouillard is claimed to have raped and molested a victim identified only as A.N.D. during Boy Scout summer jamboree campouts in 1974 and 1975, starting the abuse when A.N.D was about 11.  A.N.D. also says in his lawsuit that two other scout leaders then took turns raping him after he told Brouillard he was going to report him.  

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  2. Bucketdweller

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    In the Catholic Church? Shocking.

    /S

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  3. Fuckface1875

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    I remember the days when hearing that Catholic priests have been raping children was a surprise. This is such a banality now I almost didn’t bother clicking. But it’s not like I’m not gonna take any opportunity to criticise that piece of shit cult.

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  4. Nomeia

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Those are the people who say atheists can’t be moral without God.

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  5. HumanSieve

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    What is wrong with Catholic priests

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  6. WiseWordsFromBrett

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    This picture was chosen for its Chester the molester look

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  7. Mozerath

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    There are despicable people hiding within all the religions, especially the ones who dictate control.

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  8. radiohead293

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Ok seriously, why is it always the Catholics? I grew up Catholic and all we did different was eat crackers and drink wine in church.

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  9. shiftshapercat

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    What about in protestant churches? Why is the dirty laundry of only Catholic churches being brought up for people to throw rotten vegetables, fruit, and feces at?

    I myself identify as a Presbyterian, yet I’m sure there is plenty of dirty laundry to air in all corners of Christianity.

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  10. ChaosThe15th

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Shattered Faith would be a great band name.

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  11. milehighandy

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    I think it’s safe to say that you shouldn’t leave your kids unattended around Catholic priests.

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  12. greaper007

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    When is the church just going to drop the whole chastity thing. Historically, priests could have families. It just attracts people with problems (and turns away a lot of people without them) to the profession.

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  13. cheshirecat1917

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    I’ve met the Archbishop of Guam. He did not seem like the type of guy to condone this shit. Then again it’s entirely likely he knew and didn’t care, didn’t know, or didn’t care enough to know or find out.

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  14. imnotthatcreative123

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    And people wonder why religion disgusts me.

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  15. memes_420

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    That’s like half their population!

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  16. dennis_w

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Mark my words. coz I’m not gonna say it twice here. Plus, this comment may get a lot of downvotes and disappear. Anyways…

    religion = a tool to manipulate and move people back in the days when morals and laws did not work

    When it is in the good hands, it will do us good; when it is in the evil hands, it will do us harm.

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  17. autotldr

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    This is the best tl;dr I could make, [original](https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/08/04/guam-priest-child-sex-abuse-scandal/503680001/) reduced by 97%. (I’m a bot)
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    > It is one of nearly 100 lawsuits that describe rampant child sexual abuse by some of Guam's most revered men: the Catholic clergy.

    > The deluge of Guam abuse claims arrived after lawmakers passed a bill in September 2016 retroactivelyeliminating the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits involving child sexual abuse.

    > Concerned Catholics President David Sablan says the ads were placed at the request of local Catholic issues blogger Tim Rohr, who had encouraged clergy sex abuse victims to come forward via a post on his JungleWatch blog.

    *****
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  18. croolshooz

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Guam, an island infested by an invasion of snakes.

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  19. TacosnKababsaregood

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Our Superior Culture shining through yet again

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  20. mortalcoil1

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    The dreaded trouser snake is yet another invasive species of snake ruining this beautiful island.

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  21. Distant-Eye

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    It’s revolting that those homosex “priests” in the Roman “church” are so internally foully morally corrupt they are driven to corrupt the innocence of children.

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  22. DavidlikesPeace

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Ugh maybe celibacy was a mistake.

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  23. MattDamonEqualsJazz

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    So is it like a pre requisite to like little boys to become a catholic priest? It’s almost like it has to be part of the interview process. “So Jeffery, your resume is outstanding but we need to clear some things up, it says here that you are NOT a pedophile? I’m sorry we will have to fill the position with someone else”

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  24. iushciuweiush

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

  25. giro_di_dante

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    They should just change it to Catholick already.

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  26. canadianredneck

    August 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    “Not all priests are pedophiles!!”

    – Delusional pedophile apologists

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