Church: Guam property should not be sold to pay abuse claims
HAGATNA, Guam – The Catholic Church in Guam says parishes and faculties ought to no longer be offered to settle greater than two hundred clergy sexual abuse claims.
The Pacific Daily News suggested Tuesday that the announcement by means of the Archdiocese of Agana Tuesday was in response to a lawsuit filed by way of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors.
The lawsuit consists of a list of Catholic faculties, parishes, vehicles and other assets the lenders consider should be considered archdiocese assets and answerable for sale.
The archdiocese says parishes and schools are not owned by means of the archdiocese, however alternatively held in consider, and that the “agree with courting” is supported with the aid of Guam statute.
Guam’s Catholic Church filed for bankruptcy in January, allowing the archdiocese to keep away from trial in dozens of baby sexual abuse proceedings and input agreement negotiations.
At the moment, the Archdiocese of Agana in Guam is awaiting courtroom approval to finalize its sale of the previous Accion Hotel for $5.Four million, so one can pass toward paying out extra than two hundred clergy intercourse abuse claims. Because the archdiocese is undergoing a Chapter 11 financial disaster system, it desires federal court docket approval earlier than selling property.
The sale, if permitted, could be drastically underneath the listed rate of the assets at $7.5 million. The archdiocese is currently paying more or less $6,000 consistent with month on the previous hotel in protection, utilities and upkeep, according to lawyers for the archdiocese.
Under former Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who was convicted with the aid of the Vatican of sexually abusing minors on April 4, the previous motel had been became over to the Neocatechumenal Way, one of the “new actions” in the Catholic Church, and turned into a Redemptoris Mater seminary. When Apuron changed into suspended in 2016, the archdiocese closed the seminary and listed the property for sale amongst “non-vital” assets to be used to settle abuse claims.