Guam archbishop’s first sex abuse accuser testifies before Vatican tribunal

(USA Today) Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke and the Vatican tribunal is wrapping up the discovery phase and is entering another phase in the groundbreaking canonical trial of Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron.

John Toves, the first to publicly accuse Apuron in 2014 of sexual abuse of a minor, testified before the Vatican tribunal at the archbishop’s residence in San Francisco on Monday, about Apuron’s alleged sexual abuse of Toves’ cousin while the cousin was an altar boy at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagåtña.

Toves said the Rev. Justin M. Wachs, who serves as the Vatican court reporter for the Apuron trial, told Toves he’s the last accuser to present testimony.

“He did inform me that I’d be the last one to testify in person. I want to underscore the fact that I respect the process,” Toves said. “It’s a shame that Apuron had not allowed me to see him. He could have told me I was right or I was wrong, years ago.” [More]

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