Mediation linked to Catholic Church rape cover up case begins Thursday


Former Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron

By Jacob Nakamura

news@kanditnews.com


Attorneys for the Archdiocese of Agana and those representing the interests of rape victims and other creditors of the church will begin another round of mediation Thursday. The goal? To discover the church's true assets and determine which may be liquidated to pay damages to more than 200 former alter boys and girls, students, and other children whose rape was covered up by the Archdiocese since the 1950s.


The mediation itself is closed to the public and is part of ongoing bankruptcy proceedings that must be concluded before settlements can be made in the civil litigation. Federal court transcripts in the bankruptcy case reveal an admission by financial officers of the Archdiocese that insurance policies dating back to the 1960s are missing.


Rape victims and their attorneys believe these policies and other assets the church owns on Guam and around the world have been hidden from creditors and the federal court.


Previous rounds of mediation failed.