Saturday, August 23, 2014


There is no denying the tumult which eventually follows in the wake of the introduction of the Neocatechumenal Way into a region. What is happening on Guam is just another chapter, and a short one at that, compared to the long string of clashes that have plagued dioceses and parishes around the world. 

Neocatechumenals will always point to their fruits to validate their Way. But they are the same fruits that almost any other religion will claim. In fact, Guam's non-Catholic churches are filled with former Catholics who will speak of having found God, how they came to know the word of God for the first time, how their marriages were saved, how their families were bettered, how they were able to overcome addictions, how they would be dead now if not for their new faith, etc. 

So if the NCW is producing all this good, then why the long and growing tumult, the never ending clashes with authority, the social implosion, and eventually the threats which you have seen on this blog. The host of an Italian blog which has also chosen to challenge the NCW wrote to me not long ago expressing amazement that I would identify myself in this debate. She explained that in Italy they literally fear for their lives, and that there have been physical altercations, which is something I am now beginning to understand.

Friday, August 22, 2014


  1. The archbishop sell his Vegas house and give the money to the poor is the biggest joke of the day. Thanks Diana, I needed that laugh. The archbishop screwd his Sablan family out of their property in Harmon and other places. How do I know you ask. I am a Sablan and VERY related to the archbishop. He is greedy and the Sainas of the family know it all to well. He doesn't know what poverty is. You should see the archbishops house in adacao paid for by the scams he pulled on his own blood. So there the truth is out. Have at it NCW defend his actions, I dare you. See you uncle Tony at the family reunion.


Send yours soon. (An attachment included 296 signatures)


...he takes his fight into the schools.

According to a parent:

The Archbishop was making his school visit yesterday and he told the students "don't believe what you hear and read on blogs."  The parent said that many parents and teachers were upset that he would say those things to the students. They said that everyone, especially the students, were so uncomfortable with the Archbishop's presence yesterday.


Found at:

  • Zoltán Székely · Works at University of Guam
    Tim Rohr, you are getting a famous religious fundamentalist warrior, who thinks God is talking from his mouth. Do you like, don't you?

    Tim, let me remind you that what you said about a girl named Candise Nacole M. Lizama is simply unforgivable. Did you completely lose your moral sense? We all see you feel proud about it. What a shame!

    Are you completely blinded by your fundamentalist fury? You are so conceited you assume you may hurt and maul anyone, anytime, by your own wish. No, Tim, you cannot do that as nobody on earth can. You play God but meantime you lose your soul.

    Why do you choose to be a person of zero integrity and zero moral values? You would better stop talking altogether for the benefit of your own comrades. Because you hurt them as you hurt everyone. The least thing you should do is to apologize to Candise. Right now. Are you man enough do this, Tim?

    Otherwise you will become a zealot pariah with zero bearing on any matter of moral or ethical consequences. You know it, right? So be a man!


As we now know, the first printing of the August 10 edition of the U Matuna, was frantically retrieved and destroyed soon after it was made available for pickup around 4:PM, Friday, August 8. We were told in a subsequent news story in the U Matuna the following week that the reason for the scramble to retrieve the first printing and print a second was "because of errors in the original print edition." Lies would be more like it. Lies the chancery thought they could (AGAIN) get away with. 

Let's review the timeline:

July 31: The archbishop releases a statement to the media along with a seven month old letter from an accounting firm detailing the accounting problems at the Catholic Cemeteries. The archbishop's letter alleges financial mismanagement and is a response to the public outrage over his ambush firing of Msgr. James. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014


It is not the fault of most members of the Neocatechumenal Way that they are participating in an illicit communion rite. However, it IS the fault of their leadership. That same leadership likes to trumpet the approval of the popes. So, relative to the NCW manner of distributing Holy Communion, here is what the "popes" have actually said:

12/01/05 - Pope Benedict, via the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, directs the leadership of the Neocatechumenal Way to conform its manner of distributing Holy Communion to the liturgical books:
"On the manner of receiving Holy Communion, a period of transition (not exceeding two years) is granted to the Neocatechumenal Way to pass from the widespread manner of receiving Holy Communion in its communities (seated, with a cloth-covered table placed at the center of the church instead of the dedicated altar in the sanctuary) to the normal way in which the entire Church receives Holy Communion. This means that the Neocatechumenal Way must begin to adopt the manner of distributing the Body and Blood of Christ that is provided in the liturgical books." - Congregatio de Cultu Divino et Disciplina Sacramentorum. Prot. 2520/03/L. From Vatican City, December 1, 2005. To the esteemed Mr. Kiko Argüello, Ms. Carmen Hernandez, and Rev. Father Mario Pezzi. 


Marilu D. MartinezAugust 21, 2014 at 5:15 AM
Thank you, Father Tom, Fr. Jeff, Fr. Mike, Fr. Patrick, Fr. Gus, Fr. Gofigan and Msgr. Benavente!

You took a righteous stand (a path less travelled today by a few in our Archdiocese), conforming to a high standard of Catholic ethics and morality which we look up to and expect from our Clergy.

You and our non-neo priests and pastors, who have been bullied into keeping silent and remaining silent under the guise of "obedience" -- a blind obedience disregarding our God-given human intellect and our God-given conscience for deciphering a right from wrong or a truth from a destructive deception -- you seven, can count on the full support and backing of the Faithful Catholics of this island! Along with our ardent prayers for you, we will include all our Clergy on Guam and for our beloved and authentic Holy Mother Church.


Kevin Camacho's letter to the editor "The Way brings intimacy with God" was printed in today's Pacific Daily News. Following is his letter with my comments in red.


The Church has put her imprimatur on the Neocatechumenal Way. As noted by previous submissions, the Church examined the authenticity of its charism, and the efficacy of its contribution to the Church's mission.

The Church did not "put her imprimatur on the Neocatechumenal Way". What the Church DID do was give the Neocatechumenal Way a Statute, a rule to follow. Outside that rule, the Neocatechumenal has no authentic Catholic charism. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


As you can see from many of the comments, especially today, I am being accused of being the source of division in this diocese. However, I can only be accused because I have a name and I use it. I could have chosen to remain anonymous like many of you, and like "Diana" I could have hidden behind a pseudonym. But I saw no reason to hide behind anything. I saw a man unjustly harmed (Fr. Paul Gofigan) and I decided to stick up for him. 

Allow me to clarify what I mean by "unjustly." Let us leave aside any defense of Fr. Paul for now. Let us assume that Fr. Paul actually did disobey the Archbishop's orders. Let's say that he is guilty of everything the Archbishop has charged him with. Let's say that he deserved to be removed as pastor of Santa Barbara. And let's say the Archbishop was fully justified in removing him. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I'll comment later.

I'm back. Let's go through this.
KUAM: According to Father Adrian Cristobal Archbishop Anthony Apuron had and still has every intention of meeting with Fathers Tom McGrath, Jeff San Nicolas,  Mike Crisostomo, Patrick Castro and Gus Gumataotao. The five priests as we reported wrote a letter to the archbishop dated August 4th. 
LIE! The Archbishop had no intention of ever meeting with these priests until I posted their letter on this blog and it made news. He had the letter for over a week and there was not a word of any intent to meet. There was no intent to meet because the Archbishop had been caught red-handed in another lie and there was no way his word could stand up to the word of these 5 priests.

KUAM: AUGUST 18, 2014

Priests demand clarification from archbishop

Posted: Aug 18, 2014 4:33 PM PGTUpdated: Aug 18, 2014 5:01 PM PGT
by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - There are new developments to report in the ongoing controversy in the local Catholic church as several priests have written a letter to Archbishop Anthony Apuron demanding clarification to statements he made in a press release to the media regarding the removal of Monsignor James Benavente.


Beginning on August 14 until about 2 hours ago, there were several views from South Korea, all from the same operating system and browser.


UPDATE: Latest is that he is still at the rectory but unsure as to his future. Continue to keep him in your prayers. Our faith was brought to this island by a Jesuit priest, and Fr. Tom, as far as I know, is the only Jesuit priest still here in Guam. He has served our Catholic community and our military communities quietly and well for many years.


This morning I posted the following on my FB page:

Word is that Fr. Tom McGrath is no longer living at the Cathedral rectory. We don't know if he was forced out for signing the letter or decided to go on his own knowing the grief he was about to get. We've heard he is greatly distressed. Pray for him.

Here are some of the comments:


Dear Ms. Lizama,


"Many people [in authority] oppose us, persecute us, and would like even to destroy us, but we must be patient. As long as their commands are not against our conscience, let us obey them, but when the case is otherwise, let us uphold the rights of God and of the Church, for those are superior to all earthly authority."

Monday, August 18, 2014


On August 15, Jessica Blas wrote to me after her name appeared on this blog in comments linking her to Diana. She wrote to ask me to remove the comments stating that she was a "private person" and wished to keep it that way. I immediately granted her request and posted a note that I would not accept any more comments about her. 

On Sunday, August 17, after my op-ed appeared in the Pacific Daily News, I began receiving messages about a mocking and derogatory comment Ms. Blas had made about me and Chuck White on the PDN's website. I was busy all day yesterday and most of today and did not have a chance to look until now. 


For those who want to send me the dirty details about the sexual escapades of certain priests, do so with your name, address and phone number attached. Such allegations are extremely serious, and you should be ready to take the stand to prove them to be true. Otherwise, don't bother. 


I will be on with Rick Nauta at 9:AM this morning on 92.7


In a statement released July 29, 2014, about his reasons for firing Monsignor James, Archbishop Apuron stated:

“I informed the Presbyteral Council, the College of Consultors and the Archdiocesan Finance Council about the situation, and they expressed support.” 

According to these priests, members of the Presbyteral Council and the College of Consultors, HE DID NOT!