Sunday, March 18, 2018



Apuron's rapid rise, swift descent from power

After more than four decades as a priest, including 30 as the spiritual leader of Catholics on Guam, Archbishop Anthony Apuron learned he would be stripped of his office and prohibited from living on the island where he'd spent most of his life. CONTINUED

The part about the RMS property scam is copied below:

In 2002, the archdiocese used a $1.9 million loan to purchase the former 100-room Accion Hotel on 19 acres in Yona for a seminary, according to Pacific Daily News files. In a donation that was supposed to be anonymous, a group of Carmelite nuns raised $2 million to pay off the loan, giving the archdiocese full title to the property, the building and its contents.

The Redemptoris Mater Seminary was affiliated with the Neocatechumenal Way, and in 2011 seminary representatives asked the archdiocese finance council to transfer the title of the property to the seminary. After the finance council denied the request, Apuron signed a deed restriction, allowing the property to be held by the seminary indefinitely.

Apuron then dissolved the finance council.

The seminary was “specifically designed to form presbyters for the ‘New Evangelization’ as understood by the Neocatechumenal Way,” according to a report issued in September 2016 by the archdiocese. “As a result the seminarians’ formation does not prioritize the importance of parish ministry, parish management and the general familiarity of the seminarians with parish life.”


Throughout the ETWN news story, there was the consistent mention of an unnamed source who was curiously "close" to several parts of Apuron's case: 1) the case itself and thus close to Apuron, 2) close to the goings on in the Archdiocese of Agana, and 3) close to EWTN.

And well, well, well, it appears that it may be our old disappearing friend, The Wandering Wadeson, who, while not apparently assigned to this parish just down the road from EWTN headquarters, is nevertheless operating in the area. 

So perhaps it is time to review the Wadeson File. For now just find his name on the labels in the right side bar. I'll assemble a more thorough file soon. 

Full bulletin

Irondale, Alabama. EWTN headquarters

Saturday, March 17, 2018


The "in-the-tank-for-Kiko" EWTN media is a disgrace to the memory of Mother Angelica who fought so hard to bring us truth. EWTN's whole article is an absolute sham, as I clearly demonstrated in a previous post

To further illustrate the sham EWTN has become, compare what EWTN said with what the Vatican itself said. 

EWTN tries to convince us that the charges against Apuron not only are not known, but probably didn't even involve sex abuse:

Meanwhile, here is what the Vatican itself published:



The Holy See has made its determination in the canonical trial of Bishop Anthony S. Apuron and has issued a news release through its Vatican press office.

The official news release issued March 16, 2018 by the Apostolic Tribunal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith reads as follows:

“The canonical trial in the matter of accusations, including accusations of sexual abuse of minors, brought against the Most Reverend Anthony Sablan APURON, O.F.M.Cap., Archbishop of Agaña, Guam, has been concluded.

The Apostolic Tribunal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, composed of five judges, has issued its sentence of first instance, finding the accused guilty of certain of the accusations and imposing upon the accused the penalties of privation of office and prohibition of residence in the Archdiocese of Guam.

The sentence remains subject to possible appeal. In the absence of an appeal, the sentence becomes final and effective. In the case of an appeal, the imposed penalties are suspended until final resolution. [00436-EN.01]”

It has been a long and painful period for our Church and our island community in general. This long awaited announcement by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is very much welcomed. It is a monumental marker in our journey toward healing as one Church, one people in God. I pray that all people would embrace this call for healing.

Though the sentence is subject to appeal by Bishop Apuron, as indicated by the Vatican news release, the Apostolic Tribunal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has clearly and concretely determined a finding of “guilty” regarding “certain of the accusations” made against him.

I extend my prayers as well as gratitude to the courageous individuals and their families who came forward to share their agonizing stories of being abused by then Father Tony Apuron in years past: Mr. Roy Quintanilla, Mr. Walter Denton, Mr. Roland Paul Sondia, and the late Joseph “Sonny” Quinata, represented with deep love by his mom Doris Concepcion.

I offer prayers and thanks as well to Mark M. Apuron, for his brave decision to come forward regarding his uncle.

Regardless of whether there is an appeal or not, our focus shall remain on penance and reparation. I expect to hold a news conference on Monday, March 19, 2018. We shall advise the media on the time. For now, this will be the extent of our message.

+Michael Byrnes
Archbishop of Agana


KUAM: Archbishop Byrnes encourages Catholics to "embrace call for healing"

The Archdiocese of Agana welcomes the verdict issued by the Holy See on Guam’s suspended Archbishop Anthony Apuron. 

In a press release on Saturday, Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Byrnes states “It is a monumental marker in our journey toward healing as one Church, one people in God. I pray that all people will embrace this call for healing.”

As reported, a papal bulletin on Friday announced a guilty verdict for Apuron for “certain of the allegations” against him resulting in his removal and prohibiting him from returning to Guam.

Though Apuron has expressed intent to appeal the sentence, the local Archdiocese states it will push forward with penance and reparation.  

A news conference will be held on Monday where Archbishop Byrnes will make further comment.
Until then, he extends his prayers and thanks to the five victims and their families for having the courage to share their agonizing stories of abuse by Apuron.


It has been very evident for a long time that Catholic media giant, EWTN, after Mother Angelica retired, has been increasingly taken over by amateurs. Additionally, they have been increasingly Kiko-friendly, and today's report about Apuron proves it. In fact, it is not only pathetically Kiko-friendly reporting, it is the stuff of gossip tabloids. My comments in [red.] And see how many times EWTN refers to an unnamed source (just like La Stampa) which I'll underline.

Update: Guilty verdict for Guam archbishop, appeal to follow

On Friday the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announced the conclusion of a year-long trial against an archbishop in Guam, stating that he has been found guilty of some charges stemming from allegations of sexual abuse of minors and has been removed from office. 

A source close to the case has confirmed that the archbishop has already appealed the decision. 

[So, here we start with the unnamed source, who, throughout the rest of the article, appears to be the sole source.]

According to a March 16 statement from the Apostolic Tribunal of the CDF, Archbishop Anthony Apuron, 72, was found guilty of “certain” accusations and penalized with removal from the office and prohibition from residing within the Archdiocese of Guam.

The CDF did not state the charges for which the archbishop was found guilty. Sources close to the case told CNA that the archbishop was found guilty of a minority of the allegations leveled against him.

[Huh? Did EWTN even bother to read the actual Vatican bulletin? The Vatican clearly stated: "The canonical trial of minors, brought against the Most Reverend Anthony Sablan APURON, OFMCap., Archbishop of Agaña, Guam." But EWTN tells us that the charges were not even stated. SMH!]

If the archbishop has been found guilty of sexual abuse of minors, the penalty leveled against him is unusual - often a cleric found guilty of such crimes would be "laicized," or removed from the clerical state, sources say.

[Again, with the "sources say." How much you wanna bet the "sources" are Kiko's? And we don't know if Apuron will eventually be laicized. That could be still to come. However, laicization is overstated. It is no punishment at all. In fact, it is a free pass to the accused as he would no longer be under the authority of the Church. At least keeping him a cleric keeps Rome in control.]

Sources also noted that the archbishop has seemingly maintained his ecclesiastical faculties, and though restricted from residence in Guam, is apparently able to exercise ministry as a priest.

[More "sources." But the statement is stupid. The removal of faculties, especially of a bishop, since it is something only a pope can do, required an investigation. So while Apuron was being investigated, he, of course, retained his faculties as a priest. And now that the trial has concluded, part of the deal may be that Apuron's faculties will be removed but that this part of the sentence would not be made public, or that he may be permitted to retain limited faculties. We don't know, and the Vatican was not required to tell us.]

A source close to the case told CNA that the penalty is "a complete contradiction" to the sentence.

The source said that if the archbishop is guilty of sexual abuse against minors, "justice would demand the strongest possible penalty," adding "this punishment maintains the status quo."  
["A source..." So pathetic EWTN. But here's the deal. Apuron has received the worst of penalties: EXILE. Even the laicized Wesołowski was permitted to return to his home. Not so, Apuron. Apuron has been banished from Guam by the pope himself. No one else has ever received such a penalty.]

One expert suggested to the CNA that the five-judge panel may have been divided on the archbishop's guilt, which could explain the disparity between a guilty verdict and an unusually light sanction.

[Wow! "an unusually light sanction." Ummm. IT WAS BANISHMENT AND EXILE FOR LIFE, not to mention the first EVER archbishop to be removed from his diocese by a trial!]

One source questioned whether pressure to quickly resolve the matter might have influenced the sentence.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, former prefect of the Vatican's Apostolic Signatura, is the case's only judge to be publicly identified.

"It is difficult to explain how such a serious-minded and competent canonist would put his name to something like this," a source close to the case said of Burke, noting questions raised about the sentence and delays in the case's adjudication. 

[It's hard to comment on this pathetic tabloid reporting with any seriousness. All we have is "the source, the source, the source." Ummm, EWTN, we are on to you. Those are Kiko's people. We can smell them all the way over here! And to call into question Cardinal Burke's integrity....? Yah, right. SMH. SMH. SMH.]

Apuron was relieved of his pastoral and administrative authority by Pope Francis in 2016, in the wake of the allegations, and was effectively replaced by Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Byrnes, formerly of Detroit.

The canonical trial against Apuron began in October 2016, with Cardinal Burke appointed by Pope Francis as the trial’s presiding judge. Byrnes told reporters that the Vatican reached a decision on the case in October 2017, though no information regarding its outcome had yet been released.

Sources questions why the CDF delayed finalizing sentences apparently completely in mid-2017. The archbishop is reported to have been notified of the court's decision only recently, and it was not made publicly known until today.

One source close to the Archdiocese of Agana in Guam questioned whether Archbishop Byrnes pushed the Vatican to release the sentence in order to resolve public concern about the matter in Guam. 

However, the source questioned whether Byrnes has been appropriately advised on the matter. "Most of the people who were opposed to [Apuron] in terms of governance" have become advisers to Byrnes, the source said.

"The curial advice Byrnes is receiving is institutionally and personally opposed to Apuron."

[This is getting crazy. Ummmm, EWTN, Byrnes' immediate right hand man is Fr. Jeff ("I love my archbishop") San Nicolas who defended Apuron to the end and still defends him. But how pathetic you people are to insult Archbishop Byrnes. On second thought, thanks for that. This will help Byrnes make some decisions that we want to see him make!]

In the early hours of March 17 on Guam, Apuron released a statement through his attorney.

"I have been informed of the conclusion of the first instance canonical trial against me. While I am relieved that the tribunal dismissed the majority of the accusations against me, I have appealed the verdict. God is my witness; I am innocent and I look forward to proving my innocence in the appeals process," the statement read.

"Today, my prayers are with the Church in Guam, which has been suffering greatly. I pray that Santa Marian Kamalen may intercede for the healing of our island," Apuron continued.

[Note. Why did Apuron release this message through his civil attorney who has NOTHING to do with Apuron's canonical trial? The fact is, as I have stated elsewhere, that it wasn't just Cardinal Burke or the tribunal which found Apuron GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY. It was Pope Francis himself, without whose consent, no trial could have ever commenced in the first place and certainly no verdict or sentence could have ever been pronounced. So EWTN, your problem is with Francis, isn't it.]

Until appeals are resolved, “the imposed penalties are suspended until the final resolution” of the trial, according to the CDF.  

A source told CNA that the credibility of the witnesses will be a major factor of the appeal. Questions have been raised regarding connections between the witnesses, attorneys, and real estate developers on Guam.

[Now, that's a dead giveaway. The appeal has only to do with the proceedings of the trial and nothing to do with the "credibility of the witnesses" as that has already been established in the trial itself. And LOL, again with the real estate developers. Pathetic. You're as bad as the trained lawyer.]

The prefect of the CDF, Archbishop Luis Ladaria, will determine whether or not to accept the appeal, and then be responsible for appointing judges to consider it.

[Ummm, EWTN, Ladaria already signed off on the verdict and sentence, which is how it was promulgated. The appeal is a matter of form, and it is just your neocat friends one last chance to save their cult.]

The most recent allegation against Apuron was made Jan. 10 by the archbishop’s nephew, Mark Apuron. He filed a lawsuit Jan. 10 claiming that his uncle raped him in a Church bathroom in 1989 or 1990. This was the fifth lawsuit to accuse the archbishop of sexual abuse of minors during his time as a pastor and bishop.

The archbishop denied the allegations in a statement Jan. 18, writing, “God is my witness: I deny all allegations of sexual abuse made against me, including this last one,” according to Guam Pacific Daily News.

In addition to this claim, Apuron also faced four other accusations from former altar boys, who charged the archbishop with abuse in the 1970s when he served as a parish priest in Agat.

The first allegations against the archbishop were made public in May 2016. Mark’s attorney, David Lujan, said that his client was too ashamed and embarrassed to tell his family about the alleged abuse until recently.

[EWTN here is trying to infer that Mark Apuron was put up to it because he did not come out until a year and half later. It's important that they try to do this because it was very likely Mark Apuron's testimony which was the clincher in the trial, not because Mark was Apuron's nephew, but because the incident occurred while Apuron was archbishop.]

Archbishop Byrnes, who is empowered by the Vatican to oversee the Archdiocese of Agana but has not yet formally succeeded Apuron, has since implemented new child protection policies in the archdiocese, including a safe environment program that Byrnes said will “help to instigate a change of culture in our Archdiocese.”

Byrnes adopted in February 2017 the US bishops’ conference’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and its essential norms on dealing with allegations of sexual abuse of minors by clerics.

The Archdiocese of Agaña is currently a defendant in 96 sexual abuse lawsuits, involving Apuron, 13 priests, a Catholic schoolteacher, a Catholic school janitor, and a Boy Scout leader. Most of the lawsuits were filed after 2016, when Guam’s territorial legislature eliminated the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits involving child sexual abuse.

[They can't even get that right. We passed the 100 mark months ago. Yesterday's PDN tallied the number at: "the archdiocese has been named in 159 sex abuse lawsuits." And "most of the lawsuits...filed after 2016?" Ummm, no. ALL of the lawsuits "involving child sex abuse" were filed after September 2016 because there was NO LAW permitting anyone to file a suit until then.]



The following is as found in today's Guam Daily Post:
Apuron, in a statement issued by his attorney Jacqueline Taitano Terlaje, stated: 
"I have been informed of the conclusion of the first instance canonical trial against me.   While I am relieved that the tribunal dismissed the majority of the accusations against me, I have appealed the verdict. God is my witness; I am innocent and I look forward to proving my innocence in the appeals process." 
"Today, my prayers are with the Church in Guam, which has been suffering greatly. I pray that Santa Marian Kamalen may intercede for the healing of our island."
It is instructive to note that Apuron is making this statement through his civil attorney and not his canonical attorneys. In fact, he has not made any statement through his canonical attorneys but instead always defaults to the "trained lawyer." Now why would that be?

Could it be because his canonical attorneys don't want anything to do with defending Apuron other than what they were assigned to do? Could it be that they know Apuron's case is hopeless and they do not want to violate their consciences as apparently some civil attorneys have no problem doing?

In any event, Apuron is GUILTY, GUILTY GUILTY! A panel of five judges found Apuron GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY! And before the sentence could be announced, the whole Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith AND THE POPE had to sign off on it. 

You won't find the pope's signature on anything, but nothing like this can happen without his approval. At any time Francis could have stopped the proceedings or even pardoned Apuron. Yet, he did not. 

Understand that the verdict of GUILTY is from Francis himself.

In fact, it may well have been Apuron's last two attempts at photo ops with Francis (a la crashing papal receiving lines) is what prompted the timing of yesterday's announcement. 

There had been some speculation that the Vatican did not want to influence the civil mediation proceedings and was going to wait till after that had been decided before announcing the verdict. 

However, it appears that Francis may have believed that he was used after all of the gushing press Apuron received in La Stampa, and just said the "h-ll with this," and issued the order to announce the verdict. 

As for the appeal, well, of course, it's all Apuron and his neocat-handlers have. Don't forget, this is really about saving Kiko's Cult, not Apuron.

However, an appeal can only review the proceedings of the trial. New evidence cannot be introduced. And since this was such a high profile case, the first ever archbishop to be tried, and because it was a trial by his peers, we can bet that the Vatican was super meticulous in its handling of this case and that there is nothing to appeal. 

Also, the Vatican is extremely aware of the entire world watching how they handle this because of how badly sex abuse by clerics has been handled in the past. So, we can super bet that they did not mishandle this case in any way. 

And, by the way, Apuron can file an appeal, but that doesn't mean there is one. It will have to meet several conditions first before the Vatican will entertain it, and it will be the same five judges who have already found him GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY. 

Friday, March 16, 2018



And does God have a sense of humor. Guilty sentence announced on (Guam Time) March 17, the Feast of St. Patrick, patron saint of the now-defunct RMS, and the very day Fr. Luis Camacho was arrested in Agat. Agat, the place of all of Apuron's horrors. 

It is also fitting that today is St. Patrick's day, given, as legend has it, that the fabled saint once drove all the snakes off an island. (Except in our case, it is not "all"...yet.)

A Vatican tribunal has found Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, who was accused of sexual abuse, guilty of “certain of the accusations” against him, and removed him from office.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announced the verdict on Friday and imposed upon the archbishop “the penalties of privation of office and prohibition of residence in the Archdiocese of Guam”.
Archbishop Apuron has headed the Archdiocese of Agaña since 1986.
A source told The Catholic Herald that Archbishop Apuron will appeal the verdict, and remains Archbishop of Agaña while he does so.
The accusations against the archbishop ranged from the most serious allegations of child abuse to less serious accusations. The CDF rejected most of the accusations, and has not revealed which ones he is guilty of.
The archbishop denies all accusations against him.
This story is developing

ROME — A Vatican tribunal has found Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who had been accused of sexually abusing young men decades ago, "guilty of certain of the accusations," imposing a penalty of removal from office and a prohibition from living on the U.S. island territory.

A five-judge apostolic tribunal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announced its verdict in Apuron's canonical case March 16 with a brief press release. The release did not specify of which exact acts the archbishop had been found guilty.

Apuron, a Guam native who had led the island's only diocese since 1986, was placed on leave by Pope Francis in June 2016 after a series of accusations about abuse of young men in the 1960s and 70s were made public.  

Francis named an apostolic administrator to run the archdiocese for several months and then named Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Byrnes, a former auxiliary bishop of Detroit, to take over.

As coadjutor, Byrnes would automatically become full archbishop of the archdiocese with Apuron's removal from office. But the doctrinal congregation's statement made clear that Apuron still has the right to appeal the ruling, and that during such an appeal the penalties against the archbishop are suspended.

U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke, a noted canon lawyer, has served as the presiding judge in the Vatican's canonical trial.

Apuron, 72, has been accused of having inappropriate physical contact with at least five young boys. The allegations emerged in May 2016 when one of the boys, now in his 50s, came forward, prompting others to do the same.

Apuron has denied the allegations against him, and Guam civil authorities have not charged him with any crimes.

The Guam archbishop was spotted in Rome in February, when he was seen in a wheelchair during a weekly Wednesday audience with Francis. Several outlets reported at the time that Apuron greeted the pope and told him: "Holy Father, I wanted to see you before I die."

ANSA EN VATICAN: Guam archbishop found guilty (2)
Anthony Sablan Apuron stripped of office vaticano-condena-arcebispo-de-guam-por-pedofilia.htm

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Recently, a bill limiting abortions to 20 weeks gestation was introduced in the Legislature. As expected, Guam's top abortion provider is opposing it and we appreciate the opposition as it gives us an opportunity to once again push the issue into view. 

Freeman apparently feels he can simply bully the people of Guam. Per the Guttmacher Institute:
"24 states impose prohibitions after a certain number of weeks; 17 of these states ban abortion at about 20 weeks post-fertilization or its equivalent of 22 weeks after the woman’s last menstrual period on the grounds that the fetus can feel pain at that point in gestation."
If 24 states can impose prohibitions after a certain number of weeks, and 17 have already passed bans at 20 weeks, then why not the people of Guam?

Freeman and his pro-aborts will argue that some of those bans have been challenged. So what. The Supreme Court once ruled that white men could own black men (Dred Scott, 1857).

As for abortions going up after restrictions, Freeman ignores Guam's own facts. Since 2008 and the beginning of the efforts of The Epseransa Project, 8 public laws restricting and/or regulating abortion have been enacted:

And abortions overall have gone down:

To be continued

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


While there is much to report on re the MISSOURI MANEUVER, the Board of Ed., The Every Child Act and Jon Fernandez' apparent "epiphany," I must put off discussion of those important matters  momentarily while I deal with the emergency created by Lizzy's candidacy.  Lizzy's throwing her hat in the ring has sent me back to my bulging correspondence file and the catacombs of JungleWatch for material to remind all of the job Lizzy has done this time around.

There's more in first of this series at FROM BOB


Just a couple of notes here:

- The "me too" victims were adults. They knowingly got together with the Cosby's and the Weinstein's et al. The people I am defending ARE innocent altar boys, just wanting to serve God. 11, 12 year olds. NO COMPARISON.

- "One’s faith shouldn’t be in the Church, Rohr says". I would never say that. The "Church" is the Bride of Christ. I believe I said "church leadership," which is what I always say. But even then that has to be nuanced. There is the "leadership" that is the magisterial teaching authority that transmits the deposit of faith as given to the apostles by Jesus, which transcends the mere human "leadership" of this or that pope or bishop.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018



While JungleWatch has been mostly focused on the local church drama, the blog was originally dedicated to "watching the jungle," that is our general social milieu, and commenting on it. One of the most astute "watchers" (and workers) over the years has been former Senator Bob Klitzkie. Recently Bob has begun his own blog to engage the "goings-on" in our community and we at JungleWatchNation encourage you to make a daily check of Bob's blog FROM BOB

Monday, March 12, 2018


My note: This blog receives many emails and inquiries from former members of the NCW. Most simply want to quietly encourage us in what we do on this blog. Some, from time to time have permitted us to publish their accounts. But ALL do not want their names to be known. That alone should speak loudly to us. Where else does one find such fear of retaliation from what is supposed to be an authentically Church-sanctioned group? One which brags "The Holy Spirit accompanies us! Jesus goes before us!" (This blog post may be downloaded as a PDF here.)

By Anonymous

The Holy Spirit accompanies us!
 Jesus goes before us!

Anyone who has been to a neocatechumenate catechesis or been a member of a neocatechumenate community will recognise these words. These are the fundamental claims to authenticity and justification for the neocatechumenate to claim it is inspired by God, that it must obey God and be faithful to the charism given by God. Ultimately this has led to the NCW’s disobedience to the Pope, the Magisterium and to legitimate church authorities. 

The outcome is being witnessed worldwide and has been well publicised
that a major division has been created within the church 
which would certainly
 not be a fruit of the Holy Spirit! 
Some neocatechumenate members claim that 
wherever Jesus is proclaimed division is caused 
because the people listening are forced to make a decision for or against Jesus. 

This is certainly true BUT when the statement is made in relation to the Church it is very different.  The inference here, in relation to the Church, is that the Church is not in communion with Jesus and the NCW knows better than the Church. This conclusion would never be stated directly but implied through such subtle statements. Unfortunately many community members are taken in and seduced by such subtle inferences without considering  exactly what is being said.

I invite members of the NCW to consider carefully how their membership of the organisation is giving mandate to the NCW leadership to exert influence in and on the Church in ways undisclosed to them but of great concern to the Church. As members are you aware of this and are you consulted or kept informed of exactly what Kiko is doing? 

If you became aware that the organisation had been infiltrated by politically motivated leaders and was involved in dishonest, criminal and subversive activities would you still be happy to offer your mandate? 

Here is an extract from  “Life every day” by Jeff Lucas  that gives some insight into the methods of evangelisation used by some christian movements. Some similarities can be found here to the methods employed by the NCW.

There is no doubt that many people, including myself, have benefitted from the Way and many “good fruits” are being seen. It is true that The Holy Spirit accompanies the Way. The fundamental question is does this guarantee authenticity and benefit the Church? Most individuals at parish level in the NCW have little insight into the reality of the Way’s influence within the Church. They will only see the local picture and the information they are allowed to receive through the official channels of the Way. This information would be favourably biased to emphasise the Way’s good fruit while filtering out as much negative news as possible. 

The official NCW line would be to suppress information about  involvement in the: 
Vatileaks scandal 
or the 
Fraudulent misappropriation of church assets 
($40million in just one Guam property!)note 1
Being caught trying to slip approvals past Pope Benedict by devious means.
or the use of 
Spreading of misleading information to divert attention from the truth 
infiltration by Communist ideology
( note 2 
or anarchists 
( note 3.

 Kiko  preaches about the evil of the internet as the internet challenges his control and ability to limit member’s access to information and to manipulate what he wants them to know. (and what he doesn’t want them to know)

After many years as a member of the NCW and reaching the final stage of election, I can personally confirm that I was completely convinced that I was on the right path. I was addicted to the emotional highs from the weekly eucharist and the belief that I was on a way of personal conversion leading to sainthood with the approval of the Pope and the Church. 
I had a powerful conversion experience at the outset and became increasingly exposed to devotions and practices of the church. At first sight and according to my rational judgement  all seemed good and I could have been considered a zealot of the Way. All the members of the community were making personal progress in their spiritual life, as was I.

However certain unsavoury matters started to come to my attention and this eventually led to the opening of my eyes to the reality of what I was part of leading to my decision to leave. Making the decision to leave meant leaving all the people I had been closely associated with for over 20 years and starting out again by myself. I pray everyday for my friends in the Way that they will have their eyes opened too. Unfortunately they are probably like I was,  just looking inwardly at themselves and not considering the bigger picture. I was for the most part unaware of the reality at the top of the Way’s organisation and now I am ashamed that I allowed myself to be manipulated into supporting it. 

Some of the many unsavoury matters would be:

Witnessing Kiko shouting at a young African who was standing up at a vocational meeting in Porto San Giorgio 
“hurry up before I kick you in the head!”(original in Spanish)
witnessing international catechists laughing and approving of Kiko’s outburst.

Claims that the charisms are now with the laity and NCW catechists are      
true apostles. (note 4)

Bullying and hectoring members in an attempt to prevent any questioning or dissention. 

Little regard for those with mental illness
 or risk of suicide. (I have witnessed 5 suicides in the Way)

Blatant self promotion by the NCW and denigration of any opposition including Church hierarchy.

Misrepresentation of the facts to cover up misappropriation of assets & funds etc.

Moving the goal posts to keep NCW members bound in by continually extending the time needed to be in the Way. The NCW statutes say 10 years to complete the way. Actual experience can be up to 30 years. At the end of the way members are not freed to return to their parish but are bound to their communities.

In Conclusion.

As part of the covenants I have made I am making members of the Way aware of the reality so that they can repent (think again), convert (change direction and come back to the Church), and withdraw their mandate to the Way.

Note 1. This is the most famous example of misappropriation of assets but many parish cheque books are being misused worldwide.

Note 2.. Prof G Genarini is a member of an US Eastern seaboard Italian family. He has been the national catechist of the NCW in the USA and has been tipped to succeed Kiko.

Note 3.  A number of the 72 elected by Kiko are reported to have had association with the Red Brigades including a previous member of the UK national team, Fr M Pello.

Note 4.  NCW catechists ultimately believe that  Bishops must obey them. They delight in compromising churchmen in authority in order to exercise control over them. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018


PACFIC DAILY NEWS: Apuron seeks dismissal of libel claims (March 9, 2018)

  • Apuron, through attorney Jacqueline Terlaje, said the plaintiffs have failed to show there was defamation and have failed to establish malice.

  • In Apuron's Feb. 27 court filing, Apuron said he directed, authorized and approved several statements in May, "without any malicious intent to protect his personal interests, and that of the Archdiocese of Agana."

  • The third was an archdiocese statement, denying the statements made by Doris Concepcion, who said Apuron molested her son when he was an altar boy.

Here's what Apuron actually "authorized" to be said:

  • Another malicious and calumnious accusation against the Archbishop has surfaced; this time from the mother of a man who has been deceased for eleven years.

Saying "I didn't do it," is VERY different than accusing Mrs. Concepcion of a "malicious and calumnious accusation." And while I  can't speak for the judge, it is quite obvious to all that this is probably why he did not dismiss the libel portion of the suit. 

Additionally, here is what else Apuron "authorized" to be said in his May 31 press release:

  • Tim Rohr and his associates launched a vicious and calumnious attack on the Archbishop and the Church. 
  • They demanded that the Archbishop return to the former ways of financial administration… 
  • They wanted to sell the seminary in Yona… 
  • The perpetrators of these calumnies have resorted to insults and violence revealing their true intention to destroy the Catholic Church…
  • They have…cruel intent to injure the Archbishop, the Catholic Church in Guam and many other people of good will who have been outraged and harassed.

The accusations against me, Tim Rohr, contained in this May 31, 2016 Media Release, were published as follows:

  • “Tim Rohr and his associates launched a vicious and calumnious attack on the Archbishop and the Church,” the Archdiocese of Agana said. “They demanded that the Archbishop return to the former ways of financial administration, when the archdiocese was increasing debts every year because of mismanagement. They wanted to sell the seminary in Yona to cover the substantial debt accumulated by the previous administration of these three entities. The Archbishop was adamantly opposed to the idea of selling the seminary to cover these debts. Thus began a malicious campaign to denounce and attack the Archbishop at whatever cost to get him out of the way.” - Eugenio, Haidee V. “Archdiocese plans to sue for ‘malicious lies’ again.” Pacific Daily News. Hagatna, Guam. June 1, 2016

The release blames catholic blogger Tim Rohr for "launching a vicious and calumnious attack on the archbishop and the church." The release says that the malicious campaign is in retaliation for refusing to sell the Yona seminary to cover debt from the previous administration. (The news item goes on to quote the May 31, 2016 Media Release from the Chancery in full.) - “Archbishop Apuron Denies Sexually Abusing Doris Concepcion's Son.” Pacific News Center. Hagatna, Guam. May 31, 2016.

  • “Tim Rohr and his associates launched a 'vicious and calumnious attack' on the archbishop and the church,” the statement says. - Guzman, Jaqueline Perry. “Archdiocese responds to new allegation.” The Guam Daily Post. Hagatna, Guam. June 1, 2016.

On June 3, 2016, another Media Release was sent from the Chancery Office of the Archdiocese of Agana to the local Media. 

Referencing, again, the supposed plan to sell the seminary, the Release states in pertinent part:

  • Tim Rohr…had a personal interest in this plan and was supposed to be involved in this multi-million dollar sale as a real estate mediator. 

The accusation against me, Tim Rohr, contained in this Media Release, was published as follows:

  • The church meanwhile is also accusing Martinez of being part of a conspiracy or the "Rohr Group" to topple the archbishop. Tim Rohr operates the JungleWatch blog, which has been critical of the archbishop over the last several years. The church further claims Martinez, who was the former archdiocesan financial officer was incompetent in his position and for six years in a row failed to submit required financial reports to the Vatican.  The archdiocese alleges this finance council conspired to sell the Yona seminary property in order to cover their financial misdeeds. So where does Rohr fit in? According to the church they allege he had a personal interest in the plan and was supposed to be involved in the multi-million dollar sale as a real estate mediator. - Matanane, Sabrina Salas. “Church says there's a plot to topple the archbishop.” KUAM. Hagatna, Guam. June 3, 2016. 

Both media releases, dated May 31 and June 3, 2016, were inscribed on what appears to be the official stationary of the Archdiocese of Agana and nothing in or about the release suggests that it is anything other than an official communication of the Chancery Office of the Archdiocese of Agana. Therefore I must treat the release as official and genuine. And because the release was intended to, and did, have broad circulation, I must treat both communications as an extremely serious matter. 

In addition, the accusation implying that I, Tim Rohr, was part of a conspiracy involving an improper and clandestine real estate transaction is libelous and injurious to my profession and my ability to provide for my family. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018


About a year ago, I met the most amazing couple. I have permission to use Emma's name, and so I shall. Emma's husband was killed in Afghanistan in 2010. He gave his life for ours. Later, as she recuperated from her darkness, she married a man who was her husband's friend. 

They are both so amazing. Emma had a child at the time. And - as I have had the privilege to witness personally - her new husband loved and loves Emma's child by her deceased husband - as his own. Emma gave me permission to print this entry from her blog which she wrote in 2014 and which she shared to help me through my own dark time. And, with her permission, I share it here. Few of us lose a spouse so early in life. Emma did. And her story is an inspiration to so many. May it be a help and inspiration so matter your darkness. 


During the dark times in our lives; be they tragedy, loss of a loved one, illness, or abuse...our hearts build up walls as a way to protect itself from further pain.   How much can one heart take after all?  I know that in my own journey of losing my husband, 1LT Todd Weaver, that while simultaneously feeling comforted by knowing he is in Heaven watching over our daughter and I, that I built up my own walls so I might never have to experience this again.  My mindset was one of independence and resilience.  Kiley and I were going to be just fine!  I wanted nothing except to take care of her and raise her in a way Todd would be proud.  I thought I was strong.  I thought I had my head on straight.  I was learning that God's plan was above my own plan for our lives.  I had to be open to listening for what it was He was teaching us now.  I thought I could help other's gain a new perspective on death.  But I wasn't helping myself.

Something clicked about a month ago.  My "resilience and strength" was a wall- a wall to keep away anything or anybody that could hurt my heart ever again.  The way I feel about losing Todd has always been that I would have NEVER chosen this for us-but that God knew Todd's life was full and amazingly well lived- and that his sacrifice would save lives, touch lives, and always be remembered.  This was His plan.  And while I've thought this for so long now I have been cheating myself by trying to manipulate my heart in order to protect myself.  I purposefully avoided any thought about "moving forward"- hated words to Gold Star Families by the way- and that Kiley and I could handle being on our own.  I locked the door in my mind.  But recently the key has been turned and the door was cracked open.  I had been punishing myself by avoiding any idea of happiness of heart- as I felt it would be dishonoring Todd - that it was my way of matching his sacrifice.  I shouldn't feel that way.  And I know that now.  

September 11th, 2010, two days after Todd was killed, our family and friends gathered in the Sunken Gardens at the College of William & Mary.  The ceremony remembered those lost on 9/11 and an added wreath was laid for Todd, as he was a  graduate of the College.  There was a man who had come to pay his respects that was a student with Todd.  He was a familiar face.  He expressed his condolences and  tried to brighten the mood by talking about some of the good times with Todd.  

 A few months passed with a few "hello's" and "how are you doing's".  He began to make himself available to listen to our story; a place where I could share what I was feeling and everything we've been going through since the beginning of this journey.  He had become a very good friend.  I enjoyed talking to him and laughing with him- but I couldn't read him.  I wanted to make sure he didn't misinterpret the friendship because that door was locked.  And then he deployed.

A few more months passed and the door was still locked.  I was just fine with having a friend to talk things out with.  And then he got injured.  During a training exercise he sustained an injury to his eye that has required four surgeries.  He had to be sent back to the states for treatment and that is when I decided I needed to go see him.  Because of the number of soldiers being seen at the medical center he was cleared to stay at a nearby hotel.  When he opened his door....I unlocked my mind's door. 

 It has become clear to me that our hearts and our minds will not let us do things that they know we are not ready for.  And my heart decided it was ready to take risks again.  Because that's who I am.  I was built to support the people I care about.  To stand beside them in times of trouble.  I wish I could have learned this lesson in a book rather than having to live it out- but losing Todd has taught me so much about what I value now, what isn't worth holding onto, and what is.  I feel like I've gained an entire life's worth of lessons since Todd's death- and in that I have been able to walk with this man as he navigates the uncertainties of his healing and the future of his career.  He had been so helpful to me from early on and I am blessed to be able to give that back.  

Todd's fingerprint is permanently pressed into my heart.  He will never leave.  It is not possible.  Our daughter will know him to the best of my ability!  My family tree does not change because Todd is gone.  He didn't walk out the door....I didn't divorce him....he was sent home to Heaven.  I have been so blessed to be continually supported by family and friends when the opposite is all too often the case for widows.  They get pushed away.  Erased.  Knowing how lucky I am to have such a great relationship with my in-laws I am scared of the thought of any of that changing based on "moving forward".  Of course this is all in my head and totally irrational.  I know they want only for Kiley and I to be happy, but I'm scared.  Scared that a new relationship could be interpreted as a replacement for Todd.  And now I can't stop crying.  I care a lot about what other's may think.  And maybe that's something I have to work out on my own.  

I don't know what the future holds.  I'm not supposed to.  What I do know is that I'm happy, hopeful, and as we navigate this relationship and the initial inquisitive looks start to fade- that there will be more to share.  

Emma's blog

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


PACIFIC NEWS CENTER: CCOG says Kamalen Karidat not exempt from filing tax reports

We can understand why some are uneasy about going after Kamalen Karidat. 

The name itself, referring to our patron saint along with the word "charity," plus its reputation for "helping the poor," not to mention the many dollars and years of time-contributions given to it, sort of make the organization sacrosanct. 

However, some believe that this was precisely the intent of Anthony S. Apuron when he set up KK in 1994: an organization apart from the Church which could raise and distribute money, not only without public accountability, but under the protection of a stigma stamped on anyone who dared question KK's operations, as the CCOG is now doing. 

The issue is quite difficult to understand as it involves intricate corporate and tax stuff. However, by coincidence, there was another news story today involving SDA in a very similar matter. And it is worth studying the SDA situation in light of the current issue with KK. 

The only thing we'd question at this point is why GovGuam chose to investigate SDA but seems hesitant to touch KK. 

We shall see. 

Monday, March 5, 2018


Survey poll declining Catholic flock

Tim Rohr · 

How about by starting out without a "secret deacon," who will be able to know who we are but we can't know who he is. SMH. So glad to know this wasn't Archbishop Byrnes' idea.

In 1986, the year Apuron became the Archbishop of Agana, there were maybe five non-Catholic religious communities of any consequence. Today, there are over 60, all mostly made up of "former" Catholics. This long exodus happened under Apuron's 30 year "reign of neglect" and began happening long before the sex abuse allegations came to the fore beginning in May 2016.

And here are a few other matters that grew under Apuron's three decades of episcopal power. (The data was assembled for an article in the PDN in 2013.)

  1. Guam has the most liberal abortion laws in the nation which allow for the termination of nearly one out of ten pregnancies with more than 60% being Chamorro. (2012 Guam Medical Records)
  2. Guam has the 14th highest suicide rate in the world and a rate 1.2 times the national average (2011 World Health Organization and A Profile of Suicide on Guam, September 2011)
  3. Guam has a 20% higher out of wedlock birth rate (60%) compared to the rest of the nation (40.8%, CDC 2010) Note: Guam stopped reporting “illegitimate” births in 2005. 60% is based on the average between 2000 and 2005).
  4. Guam has double the teen birthrate compared to the rest of the nation (Guam PDN, 6/25/13)
  5. Guam’s rape rate is 94.4 per 100,000 (2011 Yearbook: 151 reported rapes). This is nearly triple the national average of 29.8. (U.S. Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012, Table 314)
  6. Guam abuses and neglects its children at nearly double the national average (Guam child maltreatment rate of 76.81 per 1000 children based on 2012 CPS report and 2010 census vs 41.2 per 1000 children national average as per Table 3-2, Child Maltreatment 2011, Children’s Bureau, U.S. DPHHS)

Sunday, March 4, 2018


Yesterday, Rome time, presbyter-smuggler extraordinaire, Bishop Camillo Ballin, met with Pope Francis. 

As you will recall, nearly two years ago, Bishop Ballin informed us that he was now the bishop of refugee-presbyter, Luis Camacho*, despite the fact that Camacho is still a priest incardinated in the Archdiocese of Agana. 

So how could he do that? How could he just incardinate a priest who is still incardinated in the Archdiocese of Agana? Well, when you're a neocat, it's easy. They have no hierarchy, no ecclesial authority but their own. 

As we have long seen here in the Archdiocese of Agana, ground zero for neocat aggression, the neocat hierarchy simply makes it up as they go along. Anywhere else, that would be called Protestantism. 

However, when it hides inside the Catholic Church, it's at least labelled Disobedience. And, at least one bishop has had the courage to call it Heresy:
"It is a Trojan horse in the is Protestant...(it) is completely is is Heresy....Thus they justify all their heretical practices and teachings with Vatican II. This is a grave abuse." - Bishop Athanasius Schneider 
(*Note: We believe that while Camacho is certainly responsible for the transgressions that got him into trouble, we do not believe that he is responsible for his current refugee status. We lay that at the feet of the two bishops who corroborated in the smuggling of Camacho: Ballin and Apuron.)


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