History of the Archdiocese of Agana
Catholicism on Guam has been present since 1668 when Spanish colonizers first came to the island. Catholics on Guam were initially part of the Diocese of Cebu in the Philippines, until March 1911 when Pope Pius X erected the Apostolic Vicariate of Guam. In October 1965, the Vatican elevated the Apostolic Vicariate to the Diocese of Agana, though it was assigned as a suffragan diocese to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco. In May 1984, the Diocese of Agana was elevated to a metropolitan see, as the Archdiocese of Agana. Today, the Archdiocese of Agana includes the suffragan dioceses of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa, the Diocese of the Caroline Islands, and the Roman Catholic Apostolic Prefecture of the Marshall Islands.
Alleged Catholic Abusers
A number of Catholic priests who served in Guam have been the subject of allegations of child sexual abuse. Some of the allegations date back many years, while others have been made more recently after Guam changed its statute of limitations to make it easier for abuse survivors to come forward and seek redress for what they endured. This page summarizes some of those allegations, and you can read about the allegations by clicking on the person’s name.
To date, the Archdiocese of Agana has not followed the lead of other Archdioceses and Dioceses and indicated whether it has concluded that any of these individuals have been credibly accused. However, given the recent change in Guam’s law regarding the statute of limitations, it is likely that lawsuits will force the Archdiocese to disclose any information it has regarding these allegations, including whether these individuals posed a danger to children, and if so, whether the Archdiocese failed to take reasonable steps to protect children from them.