Friday, March 7, 2014

WHO TEACHES AT BLESSED DIEGO?


In the wake of all the questions about the educational worthiness of the Blessed Diego Institute which is supposed to provide the academic formation for our seminarians, and which we are asked to financially sustain, it might be wise for the Institute to update its list of professors.

While perusing the list, I came across the name of a friend who has not taught at the Institute since 2003. Yet, even after more than a decade since his last class, he is listed as one of the "Visiting Professors." Also, I came across the name of Dan Bradley, who the Institute recently fired because, according to Bradley, he wouldn't give the seminarians a passing grade in Latin if they didn't deserve one. 

Hmmm, you're asking us to believe that this institute "has at its means the necessary philosophical and theological faculties to provide the formation of seminarians" (U Matuna), but it can't even keep a list of its faculty current. One must wonder whether or not if even the posted curriculum is current. Seriously. Who's minding the store? 

P.S. Our friend Giuseppe Gennarini is listed as a permanent member of the faculty. Man, that guy is everywhere. By the way, check out the list, perhaps you'll recognize people you haven't seen in years. 

P.P.S. Isn't it a shame that all of this has happened just because the Archbishop couldn't call Fr. Paul in and have a talk with him? But of course remedying the situation was never an option. Getting rid of Fr. Paul was the only outcome the Archbishop was interested in, as well as anyone else who stands in the way of the Maltese Mafia. 

31 comments:

  1. It is only natural to have Guiseppe teach at the RMS. He needs to keep a watchful eye on his EMPIRE so that nothing goes wrong..

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  2. Why should it matter? You said that it's not an accredited institution. But Diana said it's accredited.

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    1. The Archdiocesan Appeal in last week's U Matuna says: The present status is an affiliation to the Lateran University and restricted to conferring degrees to candidates for the priesthood.

      An affiliation is different than accreditation. Here's an example of another institution with the same status: https://www.regent.edu/acad/schdiv/cei/affiliation-accreditation.shtml

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    2. Bachelor degrees for ordination??

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    3. The letter to Aaron Quitugua says it's an accredited BY the Lateran University.

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    4. Why did Father Adrian's letter say that it's accredited by the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome?

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    5. The Bl. Diego Institute is not accredited by the Lateran University, its affiliated to it. There is a difference between and affiliation and an accreditation. Aside from that point, an institute cannot be accredited by a university. Universities do not do accreditations- they are they ones that must be accredited. They must be accredited by a association, such as WASC or the associations that accredited Mt. Angel Seminary that Aaron lists in his emails.

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    6. Didn't you read the blog by anon saying that she is now ready to be a Catechist? Her interpretation is following the word of the NEO. Each have their own interpretation of the scripture!

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  3. I think it might be interesting to note that, according to some of our seminarians, prerequisites are not required. A seminarian at RMS told me that his first semester there, he took a class in Canon Law because that was all they offered, since the professor flying in was the one teaching that class. Their class schedules sync according to which professor is visiting. Wow. Canon Law first semester. And no prerequisites? It's not really a surprise, seeing as how these men are ordained and have a hard time celebrating the liturgy. It is obvious they are not properly formed/educated.

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  4. Did you know the Institute has a blog? Go to it. It says "Nothing Found." No surprise.
    http://sanvitoresinstitute.wordpress.com/

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  5. In some cases, the ordinations should be undone. How can me undo a sacrament??? I will repeat, moratorium on ordinations. This includes the new deac

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  6. ons just ordained. Who on earth is in charge?

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  7. There is a required intelligence quotient for seminarians. It is 110 or more. Need I say more? The list of faculty was falsified in order to gain the affiliation with the University. Not only faculty members, their credentials, also.

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  8. To continue: if one clicks on st Johns seminary you will notice the academic policy and classes needed.

    Guess the Archbishop is making his own policy and decrees on the requirements of college credits. OOG!

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  9. A seminarian told me that Giuseppe comes in only during the summer and teaches a course lasting about 2-3 weeks, and all the seminarians have to attend. In other words, all the seminarians at the RMS in Yona take a course when it is offered even if that course is beyond their capacity because they have not taken a preparatory course. It's like taking Calculus without taking algebra I and II, trigonometry, and geometry. No wonder they are confused and bewildered in what the Church teaches, and the lack of logic, clarity, and organization in the way they think. Has anyone listen to the homilies of Father Michael at the Cathedral, the new Neo priest. A nice enough young man, but he seems ill prepared to not only preach, let alone be a priest! It's not his fault. It's the RMS in Yona who has not trained, prepared, and taught him properly and adequately. Let's pray for him, and the others similarly "trained" by the Yona RMS.

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  10. I loathe the NCW but remember what it was like my first year as a professional. It's very scary and easy to make mistakes. Yes, Fr. Mike Jucatan's first two Sunday homilies weren't great but his homily on his 3rd Sunday was much better. Although I don't like the neos, he is a human being and I went up to congratulate him. Have some patience and compassion for a beginner.

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    1. There is no one that is blaming any of this on Fr. Jucutan or any other priest that has come from RMS - although there are one or two who are militant neos. The issue is that they are being cheated, just like us.

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    2. Tim, I went to the web site about the RMS in Boston. These seminarians attend St. Joseph Seminary and need to take courses like those of a university. If they have a college degree, then they must show that they have at least 2 philosophy classes. From there they take theology courses and whatever is required. For these RMS they are sent out 2x2 to live in poverty. The must also do x numbers of years in pastoral work.

      It seems that Archbishop did not think things through when he requested that an RMS be built here. He should have consulted someone higher up concerning the educating these boys/ men. So much is lost. Seminarians come, get bombarded with a crash course and for what? Is it to show that they are not taught to preach properly. It is my understating that preparation is not needed because they wait for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit to guide them and then they say their homily.

      It's really sad that things continue the way they are. I just hope and pray that soon we will all be able to find the path of unity again.

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  11. Very worrying this seminary on Guam.

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  12. Summing it up.
    Over the last few months we have found the following.
    The Archbishop aided and abeited by his cronies both at the Chancery and the NCW has embarked in a campaign to :
    1) rid himself, by illegal means, of good diocesan priests (father Paul being the latest and most publicized case)
    2) Impose on the Archdiocese a process in which seminarian candidates can only attend the local RMS (political arm of the NCW) a below average institution with no real established curriculum or faculty , and questionable accreditation.
    3) Impose, by this selection process and removal of actual priests, a narrow and dangerous agenda leading to the ruling of the Catholic Church on Guam and the Marianas, by representatives of the NCW.
    4)The diversion and/or the removal of monies and properties acquired by the Archdiocese through a serie of fundraisings, to benefit the NCW and some individuals in this organization.
    5)The establishement of a Nepotist system, in which contracts for services for the Archdiocese are routed to supporters of the NCW and then sent outside of the island, to entities associated to the running of NCW in the USA, and most likely beyound.
    6)An apparent planning for the removal of other Catholic denominations on the island and the overtaking of their assets.

    This blog has shined a bright light on these actions, becoming in the process a lighting rod for the hypocrital and partisan attacks of members of the NCW.
    It is obvious that the benevolent work this blog has engaged in, has been essential in uncovering and bringing to the fore these unethical actions.
    We can fear, that in view of the practices of secrecy, isolation of members of the famillies of NCW members and other questionable practices, facts might emerge in a near future that might reveal even more scandalous and immoral actions.

    In view of these facts, and of the dangers the Catholic Church on Guam are facing, I encourage all people of good faith to take the actions necessary to begin cleaning this sinful state of affairs.
    I pray that the Catholic faithful on Guam, once they have shaken the shock brought in by these revelations, will raise up and demand from our hierarchy here and abroad for explanation and rectification in what is probably the biggest challenge this Church has face since its foundation on Guam

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  13. There are a number of priests now ordained by archbishop Apuron of Guam incardinated into Guam,who are now floating around the world. Some are living in neo homes, some in convents, some in private apartments, they have no responsibility to this archdiocese yet receive a monthly stipend from Guam. Some of these priests have no desire to return to Guam yet we paid for their stay on Guam. If we see this in the light of Aaron case it is unjust.

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  14. Anonymous@12:27..are you sure this is correct? Can you provide proof of this? How much are these stipends? Where do these funds come from?

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  15. Janet B - MangilaoMarch 8, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    LOL...
    The one department they need the most is a math department.
    When you look at the Departments Category it says they have 6 departments. When you click on the list there are actually 8 listed. And if you go to the course listing, there are 9 departments listed here with courses.
    They just can't seem to get anything right. I wonder how many of the courses listed are just ghost courses to make it look real?
    We have come to learn that with the three stooges on the hill you can never really know what is real.
    Knowing that we get no real answers from the three stooges, I did some research on my own.
    The institute offers 96 various courses totaling 241 credit hours. Of those courses 180 credit hours are mandatory for all seminarians, and there are a total of 61 credit hours available from elective courses. Sounds ok?!? Certainly the Bishop from Rome would have looked to see if minimums were met, but we don't know because the visit report was never revealed.
    Some fun facts from their course description...
    Philosophy of Knowledge is an elective...that explains a lot!
    Magisterium is an elective - no wonder they can follow the rubrics and teachings, they make their own magisterium according to the whims of Kiko and Carmen (ex-nun)
    They only have one course in holiletics - Fr Michael and a few others could use three or four more to make things relevant.

    Last fun fact. Fr Edwin is the oldest ordained so far, even older than Archbishop Anthony. He was ordained at 68. He was only in the seminary for three years which means he completed his course requirements of 190 credit hours in just 6 semesters, or an average of 12 or so classes per semester (ave. course is 2.5 credit hrs). That means while the other seminarians and professors were sleeping, Edwin Bushu was able to cram in 7 additional classes that didn't even exist. WOW...he hides his genious well. If there is any good news from this little story, it is that Fr Edwin will be eligible to retire (at our expense) in just another year if he so chooses.
    Last fun fact. I read the Program of Studies which says that the first two years are dedicated to philosophy and the next 4 years are dedicated to Theology. But we know this is a lie since they offer the courses as a group, and when the professors are available. So a seminarian entering this year will take all the same course as a seminarian who has been at the seminary for 4 years. How does that affect their learning. Yeah, pretty bad method of teaching, but that's all they can do because they only have a $1 Million per year to work with. But it does get more fascinating.
    For philosophy they say the seminarian gets the "EQUIVALENT" of a Bachelor of Philosophy, but no degree.
    After 4 years the web site states the cycle of theology is "EQUIVALENT" to a bachelor of sacred theology, and the candidate qualifies for a baccalaureate in sacred theology. So they do not get a degree according to the web site, they merely qualify for the "EQUIVALENT". This sounds like what Aaron was concerned about.
    Since the seminary is formed upon the European standards, I looked up baccalaureate to see what it actually meant. Most sites indicate that in Europe the baccalaureate degree is the equivalent to high school.
    So what do we get after 8-10 years of seminary formation in Yona. Millions of dollars in cost and a bunch of priests with a high school diploma.
    Heaven help us. If you don't believe me take the time like I did and look it up. It is true. So, so, very sad.

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  16. This is from St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver from their catalog|
    Requirements to enter the Theology Program
    In addition to fulfilling the admissions requirements, applicants to the theology program must meet the following entrance requirements:
     hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an approved college or university;
     have completed a pre-theologate program with at least 30 semester units of courses in philosophy earned at an institution approved by the Academic Dean or the Rector of St. John Vianney Seminary; the 30 hours must include metaphysics, natural theology, anthropology, epistemology, ethics, logic, and the history of ancient, medieval, modern,
    and contemporary philosophy;
     complete 12 credits in introductory theology courses.
     demonstrate proficiency in Latin and Hebrew by completing 9 credits in Latin and 3
    credits in Hebrew;
     demonstrate graduate level proficiency in English Language skills in accordance with the
    policies of the seminary.

    PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF "HOLD A DEGREE"

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  17. From St. John Seminary, Boston

    Academic Requirements

    An applicant to the School of Theology must hold a bachelor's degree from a college of recognized standing. He must give evidence of preparation in both philosophy and undergraduate theology similar to that of candidates from seminary colleges, as well as of an appropriate level of human maturation and spiritual development.

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  18. The above information is all correct. It is even believed that archbishop Apuron has ordained men for kiko in Europe unknown to Guam.

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  19. Check out the keywords that the Blessed San Vitores Institute's web site offers to search engines. You can see them by doing a "source view" of the site:
    "filosofia, philosophy, noticias, news, noticia, new, revista, revistas, xiphias, gladius, asociacion, antropologia, anthropology, violencia, violence, religion, religion, René Girard, mimesis, mimicry, mimetic, literatura, literature, ethnography, etnografia, cristianismo, christianity, universidad, university, institute, catholic, teological"

    Whoever developed the site had a love for the philosopher Rene Girard, that's for sure. I can't explain the "violence" keyword.

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    1. I guess I really need to sit and read the section on "scapegoat mechanism". Some deep reading here.

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    2. Yes, I've been reading Girard and I think it's possible that the NCW has latched onto his thought in a significant way. Christ the Anti-sacrifice. More later.

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  20. Can't find the articles on missionaries, so this site will do.

    While appreciating the movement's religious zeal, bishops in Japan, the Philippines and elsewhere in Asia and Europe have accused the movement of wreaking havoc in their dioceses and have tried to limit the Neocatechumenals' activities, shutting their seminaries and complaining to the Vatican.

    The archbishop of Tokyo penned an article in 2011 noting the country's bishops wanted to suspend the Neocatechumenals' work completely in the country for five years. The archbishop of Lingayen-Daugupan in the Philippines, Monsignor Socrates Villegas, went so far as to bar the community from seeking new recruits and revoked existing members' right to teach catechism lessons.

    Francis appeared to have taken such criticisms seriously, telling the group that they must be patient and merciful with all they encounter.

    "The freedom of each person must not be forced, and you must respect even the possible choice of those who decide to search for other forms of Christian life outside the Way," he warned.

    One of the community's co-founders, Francisco "Kiko" Arguello noted during the audience that missionaries are only sent to places where bishops request them.

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  21. Take a look at other diocese in Europe. The neo were removed for the simple reason they caused division in the diocese. The same is happening on Guam. The problem is with the archbishop walking he fails to see the division he has abused.

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