Four former altar boys, has filed a new civil lawsuit by their lawyer against the Catholic Church in Guam, Archbishop Anthony Apuron and Father Louis Brouillard over child sexual abuse.
A statement was released by the men’s attorney in Hagatna. Of the three men, now in their 50’s, were served as an altar boys in 1970’s under Apuron, who was a pastor at the time. The three men allege Apuron molested them during sleepovers.
A fourth lawsuit is from another ex-altar boy, now in his 70’s, alleges former priest Louis Brouillard of abusing him in 1950’s.
Brouillard, 95, admitted that he may have molested 20 boys during his time in Guam, he stated to The Associated Press.
“The lawsuits will cause the Church to remove the cancer caused by these paedophile priests and restore the Catholic Church to its rightful glory,” said lawyer David Lujan, who handled all four cases.
Guam passed a law stating the lifting of limitations for civil lawsuits in child molestation cases.
The new leader of the Catholic Church in Guam will immediately assume all responsibilities in the archdiocese while suspended archbishop faces church trial for allegedly abusing the former altar boys.
Pope Francis named Bishop Michael Jude Byrnes, the auxiliary bishop of Detroit, as the new leader of the Guam archdiocese.