Friday, January 31, 2014

ITEM #5

Early 2011: Archbishop Apuron is approached by the Neocats to transfer the title to the property currently occupied by the Neocat seminary (RMS), to RMS, a corporation separate from the Archdiocese of Agana, and 75% controlled by foreign Neocats.

September 2011: Because the conveyance of the title involved a transaction valued at over one million dollars, and because it involved an "alienation of the patrimony of the Archdiocese of Agana", the matter, as dictated by Canon law, was put before the Archdiocesan Finance Council (AFC). With the Archbishop present, and with the advice of the archdiocesan legal counsel, four of the five members of the AFC voted to deny the transfer of said title. Further, at the direction of the Archbishop, the president of the AFC, Mr. Richard Untalan, was instructed to write the letter of denial and notify the rector of RMS of the AFC's decision. And so he did.

End of story? Not.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

HE WASN'T JOKING


The interesting thing about the Archbishop doubling down on the parishes to come up with exponentially greater amounts of money to fund the Neocatechumenal seminary, is the fact that the Neocatechumenal Way is probably more responsible for the collapse of collections in general than anything else, and NOT just because an increasing number of people are objecting to the NCW, but because the NCW itself is extracting people from their parishes and pulling money out of them that would have otherwise gone to the parish. 

IT'S NOT JUST ON GUAM

Is the Neo-Catechumenate Way Compatible with Religious Life?

NEOCATECHUMENATE COMMUNITY - Archdiocese of Melbourne - Report of activity in one parish

Neocat violation - open letter to Prindiville

Neocat assault

Open Letter to the local Neocatechumenate communities at St. Nicholas of Tolentino, Bristol, England

NEOCATECHUMEN INFILTRATION - Testimonial from members of the Good Shepherd Parish in Kelmscott Perth Western Australia

PETITION FROM PARISHIONERS OF ST GERARD MAJELLA

IN OTHER NEWS: FOR PARENTS OF IEP STUDENTS

http://www.guampdn.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014301300019

Workshop today for parents of IEP students
If your child is receiving special education services and has an Individualized Education Plan, there will be a two-hour goal-writing workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. today and Feb. 6 in the PEP Office on the first floor of the ITC Building to help you. The workshop will: explain the importance of collecting useful data; show samples of useful Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance; and explain SMART IEPs and provide examples of SMART goals and objectives. Please bring your child's IEP to the workshop. Space is limited to six participants per workshop, so RSVP right away. For more information, call Leone Rohr at 929-4157 or Carol Darlow at 727-2535 or email pepguam@gmail.com.

THE BROKEN HEART OF POPE JOHN PAUL II


"I am sure that in fulfilling this mandate the Pontifical Council for the Laity will be able to count on the cooperation and the spirit of filial docility of the Neocatechumenal Way."

- Letter of Pope John Paul II, April 5, 2001 to Cardinal James Francis Stafford, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, upon tasking the Council with the preparation of the Statutes of the Neocatechumenal Way.

"...there are no documents to show you at this point.  All our instruction have been oral, but we are satisfied with that.  We have no choice.  All we were told is to take no action until the Holy See resolves these matters."

- Letter from a local Neocatechumenal priest, April 26, 2008, to Tim Rohr, explaining why the Neocatechumenal Way had not complied with the instruction from Pope Benedict to conform its liturgy to the liturgical books of the church (and obeyed Kiko instead). 

Note: The "Holy See DID "resolve these matters" in June 2008 with the final approval of the Statutes of the Neocatechumenal Way. The Way has continued to this day to reject the norms set out for it in its own Statutes in a spirit of non-cooperation and anti-filial hostility, a supreme rejection of the Pope they so often point to as evidence of papal approval. Perhaps it was a good thing he died when he did lest he have died of a broken heart upon seeing the disobedience and division wrought by his generosity toward the Way.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

WHERE THE MONEY GOES




AAA: Archdiocesan Annual Appeal

Seminary Support: Redemptoris Mater Seminary (defined in its Articles of Incorporation as a house of formation to prepare men for the priesthood...following the life and practice of the Neocatechumenal Way. [Art. IV] There is nothing in the Articles about forming priests for the Archdiocese of Agana.)

Chaplains: Chaplains to the Guam Memorial Hospital, Department of Corrections, and Department of Youth Affairs

Other Clergy Support: Defined as the "emergency needs of our priests"


PACIFIC NEWS CENTER STORY
VIDEO: Frustrated Catholics Want Answers on 200% Increase in "Annual Appeal" Collections the Chancery Is Now "Demanding"

By the way, seriously, you people on the Hill, your webpage requesting money for the 2013 Annual appeal is still showing the collection up to April 2013. That's going on a full year. Either take down you website or keep it current. It shows gross negligence, carelessness, and an attitude of "the people be damned." But then at this point, so does everything else. Geez.

MEETING ADJOURNED

Guam's clergy was called to the chancery this morning under the impression that their input was wanted on how to address the dismal results of the 2013 Annual Appeal. Instead they were given a lecture and a document indicating the sums their parishes would be assessed in 2014. 

Apparently, still believing that at some point their input would be asked for, the clergy listened for awhile until finally one brave priest asked if their input was actually wanted or if this was a done deal. 

The clergy was confused because never before had their parishes been actually "assessed" a defined dollar amount for what is officially called an appeal! An appeal is just that, an appeal, a request. By definition it is not a demand or an assessment. 

To add to the confusion, whoever put the document together called the assessment an "allocation", which is the very opposite of an assessment. In fact, if the document titled "2014 Estimated Annual Appeal Allocations" is taken at face value, it would indicate that it would be the Chancery which would be paying the parishes the "allocated" amounts! 

Talk about a comedy of errors!

When the Archbishop was asked point blank if the amounts indicated on the 2014 Estimated Annual Appeal Allocations was his decision, he confirmed that it was. Recognizing that there was no interest in their input, another brave member of the clergy, realizing that they had been hoodwinked into another waste of time, called for the meeting to be adjourned and it was. 

ARCHDIOCESAN ANNUAL APPEAL UPDATE

Here's a view of the 2014 Annual Appeal that may interest you:




HOW MUCH OF YOUR MONEY IS SENT TO THE CHANCERY?

CORRECTION: The original post was worded wrong. But the correction is even worse. Rather than the percentage of the Sunday collection siphoned off by the chancery, the chart below shows only the amount they took last year for their "Annual Appeal" and how much they intend to take this year, IN ADDITION to what they already take each week. The money for the Annual Appeal is supposed to be used to

...assist our seminarians in their formation to the priesthood, our chaplains to the Guam Memorial Hospital, Department of Corrections, Department of Youth Affairs, and the emergency needs of our priest (sic).

We have no problem with assisting chaplains or priests with emergency needs. We do have a problem with sending money to Redemptoris Mater Seminary so that those priests can be sent elsewhere at Kiko's direction. 

It's damn well time the Chancery shows us where our money is going or they aren't going to get any of it! The pastors are having a meeting this morning at 10am. Call them, text them, let them know!

Most of these are MASSIVE increases. Only Umatac goes down a little. Maina has a tiny increase. Hmmm, this must have been composed before last week's aviso. The Korean parish has a MASSIVE DECREASE. Wonder why that is?


WHO OWNS REDEMPTORIS MATER? PART 4: "THE BIGWIGS"

In our last post on this story, we spoke of the Neocat "bigwigs" visiting an ill Archbishop Apuron effectively ordering him to turn over the seminary property before he kicks the bucket, so they, as sole owners, can do an "in your face" to the people of Guam and any new bishop that came along who didn't like them. 

Actually when I first heard about this, I felt sorry for the Archbishop. These people have used him from the beginning, and here he is on what might have been his death bed, and like impetuous, spoiled, self-absorbed children, they show up and demand they be given the house or the car or whatever they can get their greedy hands on before their other brothers and sisters get to their dying father.

Most people think that it's Fr. Pius who calls the shots and the Archbishop is his puppet. But that's a myth. Both Pius and the Archbishop take their orders from a higher power, the "bigwigs", a married couple who lives in New Jersey. They are the "responsibles" for the Neocatechumenal Way for the whole United States, and they answer directly to Kiko. 

They are also two of the four "Guarantors" of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary. And in the articles of incorporation of RMS, they have assigned themselves veto and approval power over all decisions relative to the administration, direction, and fate of RMS. 

RMS may be incorporated as a "corporation sole" under Archbishop Apuron, but by contrast, the rest of the archdiocese has no guarantors who have veto and approval power over the archbishop's decisions. The only body that even approaches such power in normal archdiocesan affairs is the finance council, and that is only in regards to financial decisions as prescribed and limited by Canon law. 

There are four guarantors: the Archbishop, this couple, and an NCW priest who is not from Guam nor does he reside here. Thus we have the archdiocese's largest financial asset, a property estimated by the archbishop's own legal counsel to be worth at least $75,000,000, 75% controlled or close to being controlled, by foreigners, strangers! And what's more, they are the hardest of the hard core neocats AND Kiko's immediate lieutenants. 

I am told that the legal counsel, a man who has spent most of his professional life assisting this archdiocese and specifically this archbishop, and who was the chief engineer in acquiring the seminary property in the first place, objected to the inclusion of a Board of Guarantors, especially one composed of 75% strangers. 

Normally, a personal guarantor is only required in the formation of a corporation if the corporation has no assets, in order to ensure payment of debts. However, not only is the seminary property the biggest archdiocesan asset of all, it is owned free and clear by the good graces of a gift, and the many hours of pro bono work by the legal counsel. (We already noted previously how the gift was never intended to fund the creation of a Neocatechumenal seminary.) 

In other words, there was ZERO need for a personal guarantor let alone a whole Board of Guarantors, which is why the legal counsel objected. And even then, why populate the board with people who don't live here? What's wrong with the many good, strong financial people of Guam who the archdiocese already has a long standing relationship with?

Of course, NOW we know. They were there to be in a position to do exactly what they did: get that property into their control so they can stiff any bishop who tries to get rid of the Neo and screw the rest of us Judases who won't submit to their cult. And as far as we know, they may have already succeeded.

I have a helluva lot more to say about this! Meanwhile, the well-known and much respected Catholic Answers apologist, Jimmy Akin, had a very famous tiff in 2006 with the male half of this shadow couple. Read it here. It's scary to think that this is the man who controls the Catholic Church on Guam. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

WHERE TO ROUTE YOUR DONATIONS

Given the continuing revelations that the Redemptoris Mater Seminary is not what we were told it was, many people have been asking how to otherwise support our church and future priests. As an FYI, St. Fidelis Friary currently has eight men, all from Guam, currently in formation.

Address: 135, Chalan Kapuchino, Agana Heights, Guam
Phone: +1 671-472-3339
Hours: Tuesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Daily Mass: 12:pm

Other links:
The Capuchins in Guampedia
Visit their blog Pacificaps
Visit their page on Facebook, and by the way, tell them to update it.

And:



The people were once again "allowed" to attend Mass at the Friary, but only after public outrage and glaring media attention. Apparently, the current situation is going to require the same, but obviously much more....much, much more.

WHO OWNS REDEMPTORIS MATER? PART 3

In early 2011, when Archbishop Apuron was in the states for a heart-related medical issue, the Neocat bigwigs paid him a visit. Apparently the Archbishop's heart condition had brought them to the realization that their primary benefactor would not always be around, and in fact, given the Archbishop's current health situation, might not be around for long. 

Knowing that a new archbishop may not be as supportive as Archbishop Apuron and could even oust the Neocatechumenal Way from Guam, the bigwigs convinced the Archbishop to convey the ownership of the property occupied by the Redemptoris Mater Seminary to their corporation, a corporate entity separate from the Archdiocese of Agana. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

WHO OWNS REDEMPTORIS MATER? Part 2

(WHO OWNS REDEMPTORIS MATER PART 1 HERE)

On January 11, 2012, Archbishop Apuron terminated the following four of the five members of the Archdiocesan Finance Council:

  • Sister Mary Stephen Torres, RSM (treasurer for many years of the Sisters of Mercy of Guam)
  • Mr. Joseph Rivera (retired director of the Bureau of Budget and Management)
  • Monsignor James Benavente (Rector, Dulce Nombre de Cathedral-Basilica and the person who has spearheaded the massive reconstruction and renovation of the Basilica, the Catholic Cemeteries, and other important projects within the Archdiocese)
  • Richard J. Untalan (President, UMC Holdings)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

KEEP IT COMING

Well, I didn't even have to go to sleep and wake up to get new material. It pretty much started coming right after this morning's posts. But since Sunday is a day of rest, I took one, even though our neocats were quite busy.

Actually, by the english-as-a-second-language structure of these comments, it appears that most or all the comments were from the same person (from the seminary?). Here's a few:

A TWO-FER

As I was saying yesterday, most of the time, all I have to do is go to sleep and in the morning another Neo has left a comment which affords me "another opportunity to allow the Neocats to impugn themselves with their own words."

MORE PESKY "EXTERNAL MATTERS"


"Floral decoration should always show moderation and be arranged around the altar rather than on the altar table." 

JUDAS, LIARS, SLAVES TO SATAN...WELCOME TO THE CLUB

Apparently, according to Kiko, those of us who oppose "the Way" are liars and slaves to Satan. In fact, we are "Judas" - on a mission to kill Neos:
"Finally, there is a third circle, a third group of brothers and sisters, those who live a lie, who have always lied to themselves. They are those in whom Satan acts, enslaving them.  Not necessarily because they are wicked, or due to any fault of their own, but perhaps for some reason or other that we will not investigate...This mission is very important because, without Judas, there is no Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ. If you are called to be Jesus Christ, you must have your Judas. Each of you here will have your hour. Your life is in function of assuming an hour...All Christians are called by God to take on this hour.  When that day arrives, these people will have the mission of killing you, of destroying you." - Catechetical Directory for Teams of Catechists Vol. 1.
Hey, but at least he says it's not our fault. Apparently we're just unenlightened, unsalted, stupid and used. 

Kiko, even draws us a picture:






Friday, January 24, 2014

SILLY EQUATIONS

Someone asked me recently about the strategy for my posts. In other words, how do I choose what to write about and when? My answer was simple. I just go to bed and by the time I wake up there is an anonymous comment from a Neo-cat defender essentially handing me another opportunity to allow the Neocats to impugn themselves with their own words.

WHO OWNS REDEMPTORIS MATER?


While the Fr. Paul issue is the one most visible, there is a very large issue that most don't know about: Who owns the Redemptoris Mater Seminary, a property worth tens of millions of dollars? Anonymous asks:

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

QUOTE OF THE DAY? WEEK? YEAR?

NOTE: While this blog has become the focus of a local Catholic Church dispute, with the majority of our posts being dedicated to it, JungleWatch also "watches" other goings-on in the social "Jungle". The following post is one of those "goings-on". And given Senator Cruz' past legislative "differences" with the Church, this post is not all that disconnected."

In today's Pacific Daily News, Vice Speaker Benjamin Cruz said:
"If working families in the private sector haven't gotten a pay raise in years, no senator should close his eyes, turn his head, and take more of the people's money." 
That's nice. Maybe he's had a change of heart since November of 2010, when he had no problem accepting an increase in his senatorial salary from $55,303 to $60,000 (NOT INCLUDING BENEFITS), made possible by the His Benevolence Senator Rory Respicio.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

EXTERNAL CONCERNS !!

The comments on this blog from members of the Neocatechumenal Way have been highly instructive. They have given us great insight into what is actually being taught versus what we are told is being taught. Here is another such example.

Monday, January 20, 2014

P.S.

P.S. Relative to the post ANONYMOUS NEO below: this conflict between the Neocatecumenal Way and the rest of the universal Church is at the very heart of the Apuron-Gofigan conflict. In January 2006, Archbishop Apuron said "I will follow Kiko." And Father Gofigan said "I will follow Rome." The post THE PASSION OF THE PRIEST will show you why Fr. Gofigan, from then on, became a marked man and his "firing" was only a matter of time.

ANONYMOUS NEO: ANOTHER USEFUL COMMENT

Now here is a useful comment. Anonymous Neo says
We all need to pray clearly the tools of the enemy are division and unrest. The NCW has helped many, many souls and the enemy is not happy about this. 
I have been meeting regularly with a non-Catholic friend for friendly chats about our religions. He has been quite forthright about his invitation to me to join his church. His main argument has been the "fruits" of his religion. And there are many, including being the wealthiest church on earth per capita, and being the currently fastest growing church in the world. There are also no poor people in his church. Their church sees to every member's material welfare. In fact, he invited me to come to him should I ever need financial assistance whether I joined his church or not. 

MORE HATE MAIL

As might be expected, I receive a regular amount of hate mail, and from both sides. The opposing side needs no explanation. They simply want me to go away. Of course the funny thing is that the Apuron-Gofigan thing has little to do with me personally. I have only kept public what is already public. But then who else are they going to shoot at?

Sunday, January 19, 2014

CRITICIZING THE POPE

WE DO NOT LIKE THE POPE
by Messrs. Gnocchi and Palmar, published in the Italian daily Il Foglio on October 9, 2013

This is an excellent example of how, when and why the laity can and should criticize the church hierarchy, and in this case, the pope; and a great example of how, when, and why the hierarchy can and should respond. 

The short version is that two Italian lay Catholic intellectuals wrote a column entitled WE DO NOT LIKE THE POPE. The pope, in an act of humility - much more significant than driving about in a 1984 Fiat - calls the authors personally and tells them that he understood "those criticisms had been made with love, and how important it had been for him to receive them.”

The pope's response to his critics raises him several notches on the scale of my esteem for him, especially since shortly thereafter, he went beyond words and ordered the very questionable interview with the Italian atheist - which had been a primary subject of the critique - removed from the Vatican website. 

The critique itself is a superb example of the much lauded but rarely authentically employed: "active participation of the laity."

Saturday, January 18, 2014

THE NAME OF THE ROSE?

So we learn in this comment that the private meeting between the Archbishop and Fr. Paul last week was held in a secluded cloister,  "secret, neutral" place I suppose. 

Certainly nothing here or there about that. And evidently nothing "here or there" came of the meeting. (See NO APOLOGY). 

But it does have the flavor of an Umberto Eco novel, or Dan Brown for the younger set. 

I think I'll try to read that again, or at least watch the movie. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

MR. ROHR IS AFTER ME!

No Archbishop. Thousands are after you. THOUSANDS! See pageview counter to the right. It will soon surpass the population of Guam. Read the comments. People do not come to this blog to see what I say. They come to see what you say, and what you have done. I only post it. Regardless of what Rome does, there WILL BE PEOPLE POWER. So sad. At this meeting, you could have made me and this blog completely irrelevant by reconciling with Fr. Paul. He came to you in good faith, as a son to a father, and all you cared about was getting him to call the dogs off, me. I could have been history by now. Instead, you have given me a chance to make it. Count on it.

LIARS ALL

Viginia_AH writes:
I know Pat Cottman... the woman you named Patricia. She is a respectable person and I know she would never "slam her fist on the table and storm out". Now I know that you all embellish / exaggerate your stories. What a mess you weave Tim and Paul. I still respect you Fr. Paul as a man of God, and I pray for you.

THE PASSION OF THE PRIEST: THE REAL REASON FOR THE PERSECUTION OF FATHER PAUL GOFIGAN

The attempt to rid the Archdiocese of Agana of Fr. Paul Gofigan by Archbishop Apuron has mushroomed into a colossus of staggering, ugly proportions and incalculable damage to the Catholic community of Guam.

The great tragedy is that the whole matter could have been handled with a private request from the Archbishop to Fr. Paul, asking him to not allow Mr. Lastimoza to be present about the parish other than during normal parish activities such as Sunday Mass. 

Fr. Paul may have objected, but the evidence shows that he would have ultimately obeyed (Fr. Paul terminated Mr. Lastimoza's employment upon an order from the Archbishop in 2011).

AUDIENCE UPDATE

Another day near 3000.


FR. PAUL, WHILE YOU'RE AT IT: SUE S.N.A.P.

Back in 2010, Archbishop Apuron was scrambling to stay out of the clutches of SNAP, the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests. SNAP was on Guam looking to flush out victims of clergy sex abuse. The SNAP visitation occurred against the backdrop of the recent introduction of two bills: one that would have required the Archbishop to be a "mandated reporter" (of sex abuse) - with all the legal consequences of not reporting; and another bill which lifted the statute of limitations on sex crimes so that old cases could be prosecuted. 

KUAM NEWSTORY: JANUARY 15, 2014

No apology, but priest meets with archbishop

Posted: Jan 15, 2014 5:17 PM PGTUpdated: Jan 15, 2014 6:34 PM PGT

http://www.kuam.com/global/story.asp?s=24452131

CHANCERY VS GOFIGAN: NEWS BEYOND GUAM

This post will be kept updated. Most of the stories are recaps or direct links back to the local stories, but show the worldwide distribution well beyond Guam.

January 14, 2013

SILOBREAKER.COM
http://news.silobreaker.com/gofigan-says-archbishop-slandered-him-lawsuit-mulled-5_2267664718502035622

BISHOPACCOUNTABILITY.ORG
http://www.bishop-accountability.org/AbuseTracker/print.html

ALL VOICES
http://www.allvoices.com/news/16344645-conflict-between-archbishop-priest-could-end-up-in-court

WORLD NEWS BLOG
http://worldblog.eu/2014/01/14/father-paul-weighing-defamation-lawsuit-against-archbishop-apuron/

FREQUENCY.COM

PNC NEWSTORY: JANUARY 15, 2014

VIDEO: Father Paul Say Archbishop Apologized, But Not In Writing, So He Will Move Forward With Defamation Suit


http://pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=41253:video-father-paul-say-archbishop-apologized-but-not-in-writing-so-he-will-move-forward-with-defamation-suit&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156

PACIFC DAILY NEWS, JANUARY 15, 2014

Conflict between archbishop, priest could end up in court


Letter from Gofigan to Apuron on 12/6/13 is posted here.
Letter from Gofigan to Apuron on 1/13/14 is posted here.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I STARTED WALKING IN THE WAY...

This comment can be found here.

I started walking the Way some years ago. I was not in a rocky marriage or dealing with alcohol or drug addiction. I just wanted to do something more in my faith journey. I really did like the message and I did grow spiritually. One of the first things I started to be uncomfortable with was the negative and condescending remarks by some in the Way about those not in the Way especially the priests. As I saw and heard more I started to hear our Archbishop say negative things, something in a vague way but then sometimes clearly, about the priests and even his own brother Capuchins. Something inside me said this is not the spirit of Jesus. Little by little I startted having reservations. They gave me a hard time. Thankfully two and a half years away from Guam when I had to go to the mainland was my way out. I am back home now and saddened by what's going on. Please do not think all who are walking the Way are like this. I have dear dear friends and spiritual brothers and sisters in the Way still. Many are sincere. But there is something very dark in the hearts of our leaders (not all). But the higher up they go it seems the darker it is. I do know the Archbishop will never turn against the leaders in the Way. Rome has to step in. God bless us all.

FR. PAUL'S FAMILY SPEAKS OUT: DON'T MESS WITH MY BROTHER!

It is rare that we get a comment where the author identifies him or herself, and while we can't fully confirm the identity of Eileen Sarah, here is what she has to say:

What is going on here? The man on the hill needs to stop this! I have definitely lost my respect for him and no longer see him as the leader of our church here in Guam. I know my brother and I have seen him care for his people, his parishioners, and those in need. He has the biggest heart and all this is just affirming his belief in following our God in helping all those who is need. We are all human, and yes the man on the hill is human also...but I guess the Position of "Archbishop" makes him think that he has the power to destroy any who refuse to follow him. ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE AND YOU ARE NOT GOD! 

THIS PUBLIC WAR

Because the commenter resorts to name calling, we will not post his/her comment, but will still address the commenter's accusation that Fr. Paul was a $%^& for "going to the media", and that this should have been handled internally.

First, at no point in this war between the Archbishop and Fr. Paul, which began on July 16, 2013, has Father Paul ever initiated any contact with the media. In fact, the first person to "go to the media" was Fr. Adrian Cristobal, who issued this press release early on in this affair on July 22, 2013.

AUDIENCE UPDATE

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MARIANAS VARIETY: GOFIGAN SAYS ARCHBISHOP SLANDERED HIM

Gofigan says archbishop slandered him, lawsuit mulled

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

PEOPLE POWER IS NEXT!

KUAM's news story has the following from Fr. Adrian Cristobal:

KUAM attempted to get comment from the archbishop, however Father Adrian Kristobal (sic) spoke on his behalf.  "The conversations that Father Gofigan did write about would be considered internal and private matters concern the case of clergy discipline and basically where we stand as the archdioceses is that they don't believe that they warrant any further public comment," he said.

Ummm, sorry Fr. Adrian, you lose. You really shouldn't have answered the phone. Your ignorance is now on display for all to see.

KUAM: Priest demands apology from archbishop for defamatory comments

Find it here

or here:
http://www.kuam.com/global/story.asp?s=24440844

VIDEO: Father Paul Weighing Defamation Lawsuit Against Archbishop Apuron

Watch here

Or go to:

HIGH NOON FOR THE ARCHBISHOP: REQUEST IGNORED

Fr. Paul required a retraction and an apology by noon, today. His request was ignored. Civil action is next. But regardless of what Fr. Paul does or doesn't do, the rest of us must demand that our priests not be treated in this way by their bishop, EVER!

DEAR POPE FRANCIS:

This was left as a comment by Anonymous but deserves to be a post:

The priests in the Archdiocese of Agana are under duress. The core aspects of preaching about injustices have been muffled by the Archbishop,  Msgr. David C. Quitigua (vicar general), and Fr. Adrian Cristobal (chancellor).  Because all three are beside themselves, not knowing what to do or how to deal with issues before them, and based on historical facts, they are more prone to making rash and ill-guided decisions.  Because they are desperate, they are likely to make decisions that hurt people in an attempt to survive.  To those monitoring from Rome, come to Guam and you'll be surprise how many clergy and lay faithful will come forward to meet with you.  The Archdiocese is no longer under the control the Archbishop.  The Archdiocese is in peril. The Archdiocese needs the intervention of Rome, and it is needed immediately. 

PAGEVIEW UPDATE


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Monday, January 13, 2014

HOW TERRIBLY SAD!

On December 6, 2013, Fr. Paul Gofigan sent the following letter to Archbishop Apuron demanding a retraction for defamatory statements made against him by the Archbishop in front of at least thirty members of the clergy at their recent retreat in the Philippines.

BILL 208: HURTS THE SMALL GUY

Even though the majority of our posts recently have been relative to what's been going on in the Archdiocese, this blog keeps an eye on other issues as well. Bill 208-32 introduced by Senator Tina Muna-Barnes hurts the small landlord. Read why in today's Marianas Variety:

Bill 208 assurance: 'Don't worry about it'

SENT VIA EMAIL: BREAKING PRIESTS

We have to remove the psychological fear which is being conveyed by the three on the hill. They use fear to mentally break priests. It's been going on for years from Archbishop Apuron and Fr. Adrian. Some priests are sick at this time because of what's happening. We must clear up this fear that has been perpetrated on our priests. It's a very unhealthy situation and I believe it is destroying priests in the region.  It's about healing the past and renewing. I believe priests on Guam are silently hurting, afraid to express themselves because of fear. We need to heal. It's time to prepare for priest-people power.

There is nothing we can really do until the Holy See decides to send a visitor to Guam. Priests and people need to be individually interviewed  so there is no fear of revenge by Archbishop Apuron, Fr. Adrian, or Msgr. David. A group of priests who see the danger Guam is in will have to come together and seek an appointment with Archbishop Krebs the Apostolic Nuncio. Guam’s people will back these priests.

- Name withheld out of fear

MY NOTE: See “Apostolic Nuncio” tab above for how to contact him and ask for help.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

FUNNY

Anonymous Neo posts a link to a story about Pope Francis receiving Kiko et.al. A story I've seen and read ad nauseum. Here, read it yourself:

SOUND FAMILIAR?

Letter from the Catholic Bishops of the Holy land and neocatechumenal “misleading advertisement” to emphasize its activity from the Wikipedia’s English website

A letter from the Bishops of the Holy Land (2/2007)

Three days later, on the 25, The Catholic Bishops of the Holy Land wrote a letter to Kiko saying, amongst other things: The Catholic bishops of the Holy Land wrote a letter welcoming the Neocatechumenal Way, giving indications for its work in the area.

REGULAR CATHOLICS

Our pointing out that Redemptoris Mater was a "missionary" seminary has led to some interesting things. 

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ANOTHER BUSY DAY

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THE K57 INTERVIEW WITH PATTI ARROYO (1/9/14)

Patti Arroyo interviews Tim Rohr on K57 about the seminary conflict and the matters relating to the Neocatechumenal Way and the firing of Fr. Paul Gofigan.

NEOCATECHUMENAL WAY PAGE

We have reformatted the page "Neocatechumenal Way", located by clicking on the tab above, to include a LINK to all posts related to the NCW on this blog and what will be an updated series of links to external sources relating to the Neocatechmenal Way. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

WHAT TO DO

Many are asking what they can do. Anonymous shares the following:

The best person, I am told, to contact is the Nuncio for our region, Archbishop Martin Krebs. He is based in Wellington, New Zealand. According to the website http://www.touristlink.com/new-zealand/apostolic-nunciature/overview.html his email is nuntius@ihug.co.nz

There's also his address and fax number on that website.

I think it's best you write or email him using your real name (I will do that). Also tell him if you are a parishioner or if you serve on a church committee or group. Tell him what you know. Facts, facts, facts. We've all seen and heard with our own eyes and ears. Ask him to come to Guam and see for himself. Especially to come and make sure the chancery does not pick and choose who he talks to. But that he hears from everybody. I think he'll keep your name confidential if you ask him to.

PROVE US WRONG

It would be so easy to silence us. Provide the documents which permit you to worship differently. Provide the "catechism" (Kiko's) which you say we get wrong. Well then, prove us wrong! Prove this writer wrong:


Until you do, we must assume you are gnostics. Oh, you point to the bishops who support you and sing your praises? Be reminded that the majority of the church's bishops at one time also supported Arius. 

RULES FOR RADICALS

A few years ago, I asked a personal priest friend of mine why he continually allowed for the distribution of Holy Communion in a manner not in conformity with the liturgical books: he would sit down (though he was not impeded health-wise) and allow the extraordinary ministers only to distribute communion, a clear act of disobedience.

BUSY DAY

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

COMMENTS MODERATED

Looks like we're going to have to moderate comments. I think the points have been made. If you don't like what we say here or don't see your comment posted, start your own blog.

BUT BEYOND THE NEOCATECHUMENAL WAY

Beyond the obvious and documented violations of the Neocatechumenal Way, there is the very ugly issue of how both Fr. Paul Gofigan and Aaron Quitugua were treated by the Archbishop. Let's review:

I HEARD THIS, I HEARD THAT

The following exchange can be found here:

Anonymous January 9, 2014 at 6:31 PM
The NCW should not only be looked into for disobeying Rome in liturgical matters, but also be investigated for teaching heresy during their catechesis. I heard from someone that attended their regular catechesis meetings that they were teaching, "God is not offended by our sins - we only sin against our neighbor since nothing can be added nor taken away from Him." That is downright blasphemy and heresy! 
Anonymous January 9, 2014 at 6:46 PM
I heard this, I heard that....the list goes on and on..........................

The second Anonymous is obviously an NCW defender and is mocking the first commenter. In this case, the NCW defender is somewhat justified since the first commenter only reports hearsay. 

THIS ONE SOUNDS LIKE IT IS FROM THE ARCHBISHOP

It may not be, but it doesn't matter. It is worth reading to see how critical it is for the opposition to try to discredit me personally. This was posted under MODERATION OF COMMENTS. I will offer some comments of my own following this one:

MODERATION OF COMMENTS

We will be deleting comments that accuse priests by name of sexual misconduct. If you have proof, feel free to provide and we will discern how to use it from there. 

We also discourage unsupported comments which attack the personal character of any member of the clergy by name. We will discern removal of those comments carefully. 

WE WILL PRAY. BUT WE WILL ALSO RESIST.

On "Stinking Moles", an anonymous commenter leaves a link to a supportive news story on Zenit about the Neocatechumenal Way. Another leaves a long list of episcopal dignitaries who have visited the Neo shrine in  Israel. 

We could throw links back and forth at each other all day, but two simple questions still remain:
  1. Why do you regularly celebrate the Eucharist in places not consecrated for that purpose?
  2. Why do you not consume the sacred species immediately upon receiving it?

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

CHANCERY VS GOFIGAN: STINKING MOLES


In much of what has been posted on this blog, relative to the issues in the Archdiocese of Agana, we really have had to do nothing more than repost what the Chancery and members of the Neocatechumenal Way have said and done themselves. The comments and posts on their behalf have been so unguarded and with little thought to their consequence that once Fr. Paul's case comes before the Congregation for the Clergy in Rome, the tribunal will have all it needs by simply keeping an eye on this blog.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

ANOTHER COMMENT REPOSTED

The original comment can be found here.


Simple question...since the emphasis of the Neo is to provide priests for missionary service, and since the Vatican has already stated that this missionary service is valuable and necessary, maybe we should send Adrian and Tony on the same mission to China?

A COMMENT WORTH REPOSTING

Originally posted as a Comment here. Anonymous January 7, 2014 at 2:57 AM

I have been rereading this article and subsequent comments. Having known Father Paul for the better of 35 years, I know he is a profoundly honest and dedicated person, who chose to become a priest on Guam after a long hiatus on the mainland, in order to serve his people and make a difference in their lives. While he is too prudish to put forward his own achievements prior to dedicating his life to the priesthood, Father Gofigan has had a storied academic and professional experience that surely has prepared him better than most for the challenges lying ahead. I cherish the long and fruitful talks we have had in the past on the complexity of ethics in the workplace and the different cases we had been exposed to. I am sure nobody at the chancery has this level of courage, knowledge or political acumen. Judging by the ill written and timed communications from the Archbishop, it would appear that they are well over their head.

Monday, January 6, 2014

ANSWER: NO!


Last August, we shared with you the plight of Junee Valenica, a young man, desirous of becoming a priest and serving the Archdiocese of Agana, but who did not want to be formed for the priesthood in the context of the Neocatechumenal Way at the local Redemptoris Mater Seminary, which, at the time, was the only option available to him. (Related post here.)

It was "the only option", because, unlike before, men desiring to serve as a diocesan priest, are no longer allowed by this archdiocese to attend a seminary off-island. They must attend the local seminary: Redemptoris Mater.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

CATHOLIC EXTENSION SOCIETY: RESPONSE TO COMMENTS - AND OTHER STUFF

There were several comments relative to questions about how the grant money from the Catholic Extension Society is being spent. 

How the money is spent and whether it is spent properly depends on the nature of the grants and how they were written. We do not have access to the actual grants so we don't know if the money is being spent as per the provisions of the grants. 

At this point, we are not concerned with how the money is spent but with what we consider to be our questionable posing as a "mission diocese" to qualify for such grants. We assume that once the Catholic Extension Society looks into this, they will also investigate into how their money is spent.

Friday, January 3, 2014

LETTER TO CATHOLIC EXTENSION SOCIETY

TIMOTHY J. ROHR
P.O. Box 9001
Agat, GU 96928

January 3, 2014

Father Jack Wall
President, Catholic Extension Society
150 South Wacker Drive
Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606
info@catholicextension.org
Tel: 800.842.7804 | Fax: 312.236.5276


RE: MISSION STATUS OF ARCHDIOCESE OF AGANA, GUAM


Dear Father Wall:

We write to you as lay Catholics living the one, true faith in the Archdiocese of Agana, Guam, and not in any official capacity. We write to you as concerned lay persons because we believe our chancery officials would never write this letter. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

DEAR STAFF OF U MATUNA


You have several of my past columns posted on your website. Go to Umatuna.org > Headlines > Local > Ite, Missa Est. Or go here for the page or here for a pdf copy. 

You are welcome to leave them there, but the majority of the posts show "Staff" as the author. It's not so much that I need the credit, but you may not want to get the blame for my opinions. So you may want to fix that. 

But seeing that I am probably persona non grata relative to anything having to do with the Archdiocese of Agana (just guessing of course), you may just want to delete them altogether. 

Others who care to read my past columns for the U Matuna can find them at www.TheMassNeverEnds.com under the tab View From the Pew.

All the best in 2014. 

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