Anti-gay Catholic cleric faces lawsuit over abuse in Guam

Anti-gay Catholic cleric faces lawsuit over abuse in Guam

A while back, Anthony Sablan Apuron, above, then Catholic Archbishop of Guam warned that the introduction of marriage equality to the South Pacifiic island that belongs to America would ‘destroy the basic fabric of society’ and put Guam on the ‘road to a totalitarian system’.

Apuron and Guam’s Catholic archdiocese are now embroiled in a $2-million lawsuit that alleges that Apuron abused boys in 1970s.

According to this report, three former altar boys and the mother of another filed the libel and slander lawsuit, saying they were called liars when they accused Apuron of sexual abuse.

The lawsuit appears to have forced a 95-year-old Catholic priest – the Rev Louis Brouillard – into the open. After he was identified as an abuser during a hearing this week in the Guam Legislature, he stepped forward to confess abusing boys on Guam. He said he had confessed his sins to other priests on the island at the time but none told him to specifically stop.

Instead, the other priests told him to “do better” along with regular penance, such as saying Hail Mary prayers.

Brouillard served in Guam from the 1940s through the 1970s, teaching at San Vicente and Father Duenas Memorial schools while he was a priest. He said he molested “a couple of boys” during that time.

However, when pressed on how many boys he might have abused, Brouillard said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press today:

I have no idea. Maybe 20. At that time, when I was that age, I got the impression that kids liked it, so I went ahead. But now of course, I know it’s wrong and I’m paying for it.

Leo B Tudela, 73, testified about what he said was abuse by Brouillard in the mid-1950s during the Guam Legislature hearing. Tudela urged senators to support legislation that would lift the statute of limitations for lawsuits against those who sexually abused children.

Brouillard said he didn’t remember Tudela.

Meanwhile, Apuron has denied the abuse and not been charged with any crime.

The Vatican appointed Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai as a temporary administrator after the allegations surfaced.

After the allegations against Brouillard were first reported by the Pacific Daily News this week, Hon released a statement:

With the news that Father Louis Brouillard, a priest who served on Guam confessed to having abused altar boys on Guam in the 1950s, I convey my deepest apologies and that of the entire church to Mr Leo Tudela and all other persons who were also victimised.

Brouillard said he hasn’t been defrocked, and lives in Pine City, Minnesota, on a small pension from the church in Guam. He said he has volunteered with the local Meals on Wheels programme for 30 years as atonement.

He said he never sought to silence his victims, and he offers daily prayers to the boys he molested.

I regret with all my heart that I did anything wrong to them,. I am praying for the boys and hope that they can forgive me and that God can.

11 responses to “Anti-gay Catholic cleric faces lawsuit over abuse in Guam”

  1. Broga says:

    The time for society to ask questions about the sexual activities of priests is long over due. For a start, to what extent is the sexual abuse by priests peculiar to the RC Church? Is there any other group such as teachers, the military, politicians, C. of E. clergy where the sexual abuse of minors, based on similar numbers of members, matches that of RC priests.

    The nature of the abuse also needs to be examined. Sexual activity by adults occurs. But do RC clergy have a special focus, desire for, sexually abusing children? What part does celibacy play in this?

    These are merely preliminary questions. There are so many more but the RC Church remains largely unscathed and insists, with disastrous consequences for its victims, on itself dealing with its sexual predators.

  2. Tony says:

    Jumped up overdressed child raping ponce. Anyone who enjoys the regalia and the power kick such as people like the excremental subject of this article need to be treated with extreme suspicion and barred from contact with children.

  3. G P Barton says:

    Maybe if the RCC didn’t remove these men from being able to exercise their right to a sexual life they wouldn’t abuse children???

    Sadly, it is all too often the case that pedophiles are upright citizens, married, and with families of their own.

    But still–priests and ministers shouldn’t be predators.

  4. Trevor Blake says:

    If clergy rape were a regular occurrence, one that was in the mainstream press so that the information was readily available, then I’m sure Christians would consider it a priority to root out this problem. Therefore it must be rare and a complete secret.

    … or, and this fits the evidence, it’s common and well known, and no amount of child sacrifice is a price to high to pay for most Christians to maintain their superstition. Children are raped generation after generation, and in exchange for the inaction of the average ‘good Christian’ they get to claim the moral high ground and their clergy get both their tithes and more children to rape.

  5. G P Barton says:

    It is almost inevitably a “Youth Pastor” who is involved in child molestation in christian churches. But that’s OK–they’ll confess with tears and snot running down their faces and they’ll be forgiven because that’s “What Jesus Would Do”.

    Actually, I think The Carpenter would chase them through the town throwing rocks at them, but that’s just me.

  6. L.Long says:

    Translation…This theocratic totalitarian rule may be reduced if we allow consenting adults to be happy in public!

  7. AgentCormac says:

    ‘He said he had confessed his sins to other priests on the island at the time but none told him to specifically stop.’
    Oh, well… in that case it really wasn’t Brouillard’s fault at all.

  8. Paul says:

    Is the dear rev Bish fella dressed in Shocking Pink?

  9. Isabella Sinton says:

    ‘He said he has volunteered with the local Meals on Wheels programme for 30 years as atonement.’ ?????
    He gets to pick his own penance? How does this help the boys he molested? And the priests/ confessors who told him to ‘do better’ ? ? ? What did Jesus say about people hurting children, millstones and the deep blue sea? Do priests get a pass on that one?

  10. Robster says:

    Here on the other side of the planet, the Anglican church is going through the wringer at the federal child rape royal commission. The Catholics have been the big winners thus far, with entire gaggles of priestly types paraded before the enquiry and their extremely poor behaviour revealed for all to offer judgement on but now the Anglicans are under the spotlight. Most of this part of the RC is centred on Newcastle NSW where the ex chief of that pack of Anglican rotters, now head honcho of the church’s operations in Perth WA has been exposed as threatening to sue whistleblowers while the blow their whistles. Moral guardians? Hardly.

  11. Broga says:

    @Robster: Our head honcho, Justin Welby, keeps his head well down. I think he stays invisible because the RC mafia at the BBC prefer to give air time to their boys.