Sunday, March 9, 2014


The Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Boston has a current population of 20 seminarians. The Redemptoris Mater Seminary of Guam has current population of 39 seminarians, 29 of which are for Guam. The U Matuna notes that the other 10 are for other dioceses and their education is paid for by those dioceses. That means, we are currently paying for the education of 29 seminarians. 

The Archdiocese of Boston has a Catholic population of approximately 2.1 million Catholics. The Archdiocese of Agana has a Catholic population of approximately 130,000 Catholics (159,358 pop. 2010 census, approx 80% Catholic). 

In Boston there are nearly 104,000 Catholics for every one seminarian at its RMS. In Guam there are only 4,483 Catholics for every seminarian. 

That means Guam has 23 times more seminarians per Catholic than the Archdiocese of Boston. And the numbers are pretty much the same when compared to Newark, Denver, D.C., etc. Guam has an extremely disproportionate number of seminarians. 

According to Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, neocatechumenal seminarians are assigned to seminaries. By who, he doesn't say, but we can assume Kiko and his team. So why would Kiko send 23 times more seminarians per Catholic to Guam than to Boston and the other U.S. dioceses?

More to come on this.

Note: We are hearing that Kiko doesn't send them. It doesn't matter who sends them. According to O'Malley they are ASSIGNED. And then we have to ask WHO and WHY are 23 times more seminarians (per Catholic capita) being ASSIGNED to Guam. Is it because Guam Catholics are known suckers in the Neocatechumenal world? Or is it because we have the only U.S. seminary where a (real) college degree isn't required and, well, you can fill in the blank.

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