Friday, May 12, 2017
THE LEGACY OF THE SILENT
We are now at 65 law suits for clergy sex abuse. And there are many, many more.
Aside from the allegations brought against Anthony S. Apuron personally, allegations he contests, there is the matter of something he cannot contest: the fact that he permitted dozens if not hundreds of damaged children to suffer decades of silence.
Contrary to the cases brought against him personally which Apuron can lie about till the day he dies, he cannot lie about these many other victims, especially those who were violated by Louis Brouillard.
Brouillard had already been shipped off island by Archbishop Flores by 1981, five years before Apuron became Archbishop of Agana, but Apuron was fully aware of WHY Brouillard had been "deported" by his predecessor.
Apuron's larger "crime" was knowing Brouillard's very long history of sex abuse - and his doing NOTHING to seek out and help Brouillard's mountain of victims.
Apuron has argued that he was advised to keep quiet about Brouillard, and that in those pre "Spotlight" days, moving abusive priests around or quietly removing them from ministry was the way things were handled then.
Yes. As wrong as it was, that was the way things were handled. But we are not talking about what was done with Brouillard. We are talking about what was NOT done with the dozens of damaged and suffering souls who were Apuron's responsibility once he assumed the title Archbishop of Agana.
Those souls were Apuron's responsibility and Apuron did NOTHING. In fact, I know from speaking with some, that John Toves was not the first person to be chased "off chancery hill."
And why did he do nothing?
Obviously, with the history of his own abuse that is now exposed, Apuron was compromised from the outset. Reaching out to Brouillard's victims would have brought forward other victims: his own.
How many souls were lost because Apuron needed to cover his own tracks? How many left the faith? How many have despaired? How many took their own lives or otherwise self destructed.
Guam's suicide rate is 50% higher than the rest of the nation. How much did Apuron's decades of silence about these dozens if not hundreds of victims contribute to this shameful fact?
And more shamefully, in addition to our horrible suicide rate, Guam now leads the nation in clergy sex abuse.
Compared to the numbers published in the 2002 John Jay College of Criminal Justice Study, Guam's clergy sex abuse rate is already 400% higher than the national average:
The Study reported that out of a population of approximately 70 Million Catholics, there were 10,667, individual victims or 0.02% of the Catholic population between 1950 and 2002. With just the 65 victims who have sued the Archdiocese of Agana, all of whom were abused within the same period, compared to the estimated Catholic population of about 80,000, our victim rate SO FAR is 0.08%.
This is the legacy of Anthony S. Apuron: an immeasurable devastation of lives, an incomprehensible destruction of the faith of so many. But it is also the legacy of those who remained silent.
DECIDE NOT TO REMAIN SILENT
Message from Lou Klitzkie:
Hafa Adai, everyone,
All Apuron's victims have testified to the Tribunial Council, that means the case will wrap up soon, maybe in the next month. We must show Rome and the whole world that we are determined and persistent in picketing to oust Apuron.
Do not lose sight of our mission in this battle. " Remove and Defrock Apuron". Please bring your family and friends Sunday, May 14, 2017, 9 to 9:45AM in front of the Cathedral Basilica.
St. Michael the Archangel Defend us in Battle!!
Lou Klitzkie, LFM