Monday, June 6, 2016


Vatican official named Guam administrator following abuse allegations against archbishop

June 06, 2016

Pope Francis has named Archbishop Savio Tai Fai Hon, the secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, as apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Agaña, Guam, following abuse allegations against Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron.

Archbishop Apuron, 70, has led the archdiocese since 1986. While Archbishop Apuron remains archbishop of Agaña, Archbishop Hon, as apostolic administrator, has been given temporary authority to govern the archdiocese.

The archdiocese has vigorously denied the allegations against Archbishop Apuron.

Waivers and nominations, 06/06/2016

Appointment of the Apostolic Administrator "sede plena" of the Archdiocese of Agaña (Guam)
Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Savio Hon Tai-Fai, SDB, apostolic administrator "sede plena" of the Archdiocese of Agaña, in Guam.

"SEDE PLENA" An apostolic administrator in the Roman Catholic Church is a prelate appointed by the Pope to serve as the ordinary for an apostolic administration. An apostolic administration can either be an area that is not yet a diocese (a stable 'pre-diocesan', usually missionary apostolic administration) or for a diocese, eparchy or similar permanent ordinariate (such a territorial prelature or a territorial abbacy) that either has no bishop (an apostolic administrator sede vacante, as after an episcopal death or resignation) or, in very rare cases, has an incapacitated bishop (apostolic administrator sede plena).

This means that Apuron has NOT been replaced, but only "sidelined." For how long and what will eventually happen, we do not know. 

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