Vatican sends former curia cardinal Raymond Leo Burke to Guam to investigate alleged abuse case, according to press report.
According to the Guam Pacific Daily News (Wednesday), he will be there to question the alleged victim, Roland Sondia, who was said to have been abused as an altar boy in the 1970s by Anthony Apuron, later archbishop of Agana.
Burke was prefect of the Apostolic Signature, the highest court of the Roman Curia, from 2008 to 2014. The US-American is one of the spokesmen for the conservative wing of the church. He lost his curia post under Pope Francis, who named him cardinal patron of the Order of Malta in 2014.
Reconnaissance task lies with the Vatican
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith appointed the church lawyer last October as presiding judge in the abuse trial on the Pacific island of Guam. According to current church law, the clarification of abuse allegations against bishops and archbishops lies with the Vatican.
Apuron, now 71, became archbishop of Agana in 1986. After allegations of sexual abuse were made against him in June 2016, Pope Francis placed him on leave of absence. Guam is the southernmost island of the Mariana archipelago in Oceania. It is a so-called unincorporated territory of the U.S.