Saturday, February 4, 2017

GUAM DAILY POST: CHURCH WOULD CONSIDER SETTLEMENT

Byrnes: Church would consider out-of-court settlement

Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes told the Post during an interview yesterday that he would consider an out-of-court settlement in the child sexual abuse cases currently filed against members of the Catholic Church. CONTINUED

16 comments:

  1. Out of court settlement in a normal case always best. But not in this case Archbishop Byrnes. Archdiocese allowed abuse when it knew it was happening. This is the real evil. Sue Archdiocese only way. Unless you Archbishop Byrnes act with justice respect.Rewarding Adrian showed you dont care a dam about others.

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  2. This is a excellent start. Now we'll see of he follows thru.

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  3. Byrnes had nothing to do with the 30-year mess Apuron and his groupies made.

    Out-of-Court settlements are the best course of action. Dragging the abuse cases into litigation with an army of greedy lawyers and investigators would cost millions Guam doesn't have.

    Byrnes admitted his mistake with Cristobal. He should not have trusted an unknown priest but, in this case, survival of the Archdiocese does not depend on an expendable canon lawyer.

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    1. until Byrnes shows honesty no to out of court settlements. Sue Archdiocese because if not Archdiocese will not change. More lawyers involved the greater good to clean up Apurons mess.
      If not for Tim Rohr David Lujan CCOG Apuron would still reign. Sue Archdiocese.

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    2. my thinking is to let Archdiocese of Agana burn to ash and then rebuild it.
      It cannot heal because wounds so deep. To sue is the only way to Justice. Unless Byrnes is really sincere and i dont see sincerity in his interview.

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    3. Byrnes knew Adrians history he chose to ignore it and reward him. If he is sincere he must pull Adrian out of St.Paul's that will be sincere. Admitting his mistake over Cristobal is not enough. He must correct the mistake.

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    4. Survival of the Archdiocese over the victims. Because of folks like you we need lawyers to bring about Justice. Church will not give Justice so fight it out in court. Best way.

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  4. If the abuse cases go to Court, everything in the archdiocese would have to be sold in order to pay the victims and their lawyers. That would get rid of the Neocats, but at a devastating cost.

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    1. 12:34pm Thats what we want the Archdiocese to pay for the house of horrors it built.

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    2. Janet B - MangilaoFebruary 4, 2017 at 4:08 PM

      While we don't want to see the Church burn to the ground, the cost is irrelevant. You worry about the cost to the Church, when the focus should be the terrible cost to the survivors because the Church failed to act!

      If you have true faith, then seek justice, make those guilty pay the price (Church/perpetrators/abettors), and cleanse the structure of all the rot...all of it, no matter who it is.

      If a doctor only removes half a tumor, the cancer will return. If he removes every single diseased cell, and then does regular radiation to prevent regrowth, the patient has a good prognosis.

      Make no mistake that our Church is terribly diseased with a strain of cancer called NCW/Type Apurun. If Byrnes is to be a successful doctor and give his patient (our Church) a good prognosis, the knife will have to be sure, and go deep.

      Let's pray he quickly gains the surgical skills needed for this complicated procedure. So far, he has looked more like an intern than a trusted and sage surgeon. He can change, he is a smart man. But he has to acknowledge the depth of problem and operate quickly!

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  5. Wouldn't settling out of court protect the perpetrators from testifying and exposing all their evil deeds? Sounds like the most
    expedient way out of a potentially ugly trial.

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    1. Trials would eat up the money that should be paid to the victims.

      If they want to go that tortuous route, they'll end up with little or nothing and be worse off because of lawyers. Everyone knows who the pedophiles are, so just be done with it.

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    2. Look at what happened to Native American victims of pedophile Franciscan priests in the bankrupt Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico.

      Litigation and long diocesan bankruptcy proceedings dragged the suffering people through a knothole backwards and paid them very little. Their abusers went unpunished and lawyers for both sides made off with multi-millions.

      The hated, elitist bishop sold only wasteland real estate that netted a lousy $16,000 after expenses. The Diocese kept their prime properties through a buyback scheme that swindled the victims as well. Will ownership of $75 million+ RMS be temporarily changed in order to keep it out of settlements?

      Lawyers for both sides will be the only victors if these abuse cases go to trial. They should be quickly settled out of Court so revival of the dying archdiocese can proceed. Some of the victims already made detailed public statements about their ordeal, so the identity of their molesters is well known. It doesn't have to be repeated in Court at the victims' expense.

      Rome will continue to protect Apuron and he'll escape civil prosecution for his crimes. Like Poland's pedophile archbishop Wesolowski, he might even be done in before his scheduled Court appearance. He already looks like death warmed over in the recent Fairfield, CA photo of him, so trumping up a natural death scenario won't be difficult.

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    3. I agree 3:32. The new AFC are not a bunch of pushover. They will be critical in getting a just settlement and moving us beyond the disaster that Apuron created.

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  6. Byrnes start with taking Cristobal out of School.
    Close down Seminary.That is honesty!

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  7. Let's see which path David Lujan takes. He will know what is best for the Victims and Island.

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