Dear curious_cath, take courage. The decision has been long expected. You see, it had been made even before the Bishop’s Synod in Vatican on sexual abuse. The guilty verdict was released only now so that the emotions have time to cool.
In the La Stampa article you brought here, Fr. Anthony Apuron seems to launch a counterattack against his accusers, despite the Papal decision. He says, I quote:
“This climate – all too evident in local newspapers - which has hindered the work of the Court of First Instance, testifies to the presence of a pressure group that has planned to destroy me, and that has made itself clearly known to the authorities in Rome. Several people told me - with great pain and fear and asking me not to reveal their names - that they had been invited to make accusations against me, even behind an offer of money,” the prelate points out."
Wow, wow, what pressure group?! Was it not because of the sexual abuses he had committed in the past? Is Fr. Apuron truly accusing people for paying money for testifying against him and bringing about his demise? This seems too far-fetched tp me.