Friday, November 22, 2013

CHANCERY V GOFIGAN: Father Gofigan Removed from Santa Barbara, but Appeals his Case to the Vatican

Posted at Pacific News Center:

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 17:27
Written by Janela Buhain Carrera
Thursday, 21 November 2013 17:12

Guam - Ousted pastor Father Paul Gofigan is not giving up without a fight. Father Paul was officially removed from the Santa Barbara parish on November 12 by Archbishop Anthony Apuron. The Archbishop cites Father Paul’s refusal to discharge a Santa Barbara employee who was also a registered sex offender. Father Paul is now taking his case up to the Vatican as he maintains he has never disobeyed his superior.

The Archdiocese of Agana issued a decree of removal on November 12 against Santa Barbara Pastor Father Paul Gofigan. In the decree, Archbishop Anthony Apuron states that a canonical reason for removal has been determined, stating that it was an “act of disobedience refusing to terminate  the de facto employment of a registered sex offender working in the parish, therefore causing Father Gofigan to act in a manner which brought grave disturbance to ecclesial communion.”


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