Bishop Michael Byrnes, an auxiliary in the Archdiocese of Detroit, has been named coadjutor archbishop of Agana, Guam: an archdiocese troubled by multiple sex-abuse complaints against the current archbishop.
Archbishop Anthony Apuron of Agana was relieved of all pastoral
responsibilities in June, after several young men came forward to say
that the archbishop had molested them.
The archbishop has denied the
charges. He remains officially the Archbishop of Agana, although his
authority is suspended while the charges against him are investigated.
Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai, who was appointed in June as temporary
caretaker of the Guam archdiocese, revealed in September that he is
asking the Holy See to remove Archbishop Apuron permanently from his
post and name a successor.
As coadjutor, Bishop Byrnes will be in line to become the Archbishop
of Agana when Archbishop Apuron resigns or is removed by Pope Francis.
He was named as coadjutor “with special faculties,” suggesting that he
could take over the day-to-day administration of the Guam archdiocese