Chancery property at Agana, Guam on the block as clergy sexual abuse mediation proceeds

Although the possibility that the church property in the heart of Guam's capital would have to be sold to raise funds for a mediated settlement of the clergy abuse was first raised last year, the official announcement by Archbishop Michael Byrnes of plans to relocate and sell the Chancery property still came as a shock to reporters called to hear the announcement.

The Chancery itself and the residence of Archbishop Byrnes will be relocated to the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica grounds and surrounding buildings.

As the official press release from the Diocese put it, "The move is part of archdiocesan efforts relating to the liquidation and sale of church property on Guam in the midst of challenging financial times and settlement of clergy sexual abuse cases.