Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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Archbishop Apuron said that Pope Francis calls for a church that identifies with the poor. 
That can only happen, he said, “if bishops, priests, religious and laity leave the comfort of their homes, convents and residences and minister to the poor.” 
“We need to see the suffering of our brothers and sisters,” he said. 
“Pope Francis has lived poverty,” the archbishop said. “We have to live it first in order to understand the people who live in poverty.” 
The pope said that to know the poor is to “understand Jesus,” Archbishop Apuron said. 
He said Pope Francis wants priests to literally and figuratively “unlock the doors of the church,” to be “more compassionate and merciful as our God is merciful.”


"It is to your advantage to resign immediately, rather than experience a more arduous and painful closure to your assignment at Santa Barbara Church….I hereby release you from this Archdiocese to go and look for a benevolent bishop willing to accept you. This is effective immediately."
- Archbishop Apuron to Fr. Paul Gofigan, July 16, 2013. 

29 comments:

  1. My first instinctive reaction is: "I'm appalled" over the disingenuousness of his words; but you know what? The hypocrisy is not surprising, come to think about it!

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  2. Strange statement from someone who lives the lavish lifestyle like archbishop Apuron. But then after what's happening in Rome this past week archbishop Apuron needs to identofy a bit more with the pope. Not all is as the impression he is giving to the people of Guam. Infact he may even have mis led you all.

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  3. So basically the Pope wants us to not be like Apuron.

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    1. Sounds right to me!

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    2. Janet B - MangilaoMay 14, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      I admire Pope Francis greatly. He truly has lived the example of the humble servant. I have read and seen what Pope Francis has done and what he stands for, and it is something that all Catholics should be proud of...that man is the image of our faith. See how the Holy Spirit has guided our Church to make Francis our Pope!

      And that is why it sickens me to read how our "Spiritual Leader" tries to draw on this. As if he has lived in poverty!

      Tony should try giving up his $80,000 automobile and ride GMTA to see how the poor experience life. He should try cooking for himself and doing his own laundry rather than having us pay for it, so he can experience a little poverty. He should buy dog food for his spoiled pet, rather than have us pay for it. A proud community member of his once let it slip that his dog Coa is so spoiled that he only drinks purified water, and only if it has ice in it.

      If he really wants to experience the poor, he should try shutting of the air-conditioner at his private house which we pay the power bill for, and turn the thermostat up from 68 to 78 like the rich poor have been forced to do. If he really wanted to be like the poor, he should even give up A/C for a while.

      Our globe-trotting "father" loves the First Class lounges and first class service on flights. I wonder how many of his millions of one pass miles he gave to charity in the recent Make-A-Wish campaign?

      Our "poor" Bishop gave up his vow of poverty but still loves to wear the Franciscan habit. I wonder how the original Francis feels about that? I also wonder have much of the wealth he collects from funerals, from weddings, from Confirmations, school visits, and fiestas he collects and reports on his taxes. And whatever that figure is, does he tithe 10% like the bible says? How about all the unclaimed wealth from the kiko scrutinies? Does any of that go to the poor?

      Our poor Tony is a very complex man. Say one thing, do another. And when you forget that what you said previously makes no sense, just change the record to reflect something else.

      To people like Pope Francis, Jesus says "Well done my good and faithful servant." To people like our "spiritual leader" on Guam Jesus said "What good is it to gain the whole world but to lose your soul?"

      I guess I could quote Jesus and say "You hypocrite and brood of vipers." But I should also pray for you as well. And if this lifestyle is a fruit of the NCW, I will will stay with the flesh and blood of Christ! No fruits for me please.

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  4. He said it in Hawaii so I guess he figured no one in Guam will hear and see how hypocritical he is. It is so sad to see our shepherd say one thing and do another. I think there is a disconnect between reality and his brain.How else can you explain such a self-contradiction in his personality?

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  5. Is that not what Father Paul did? Unlock the doors of Santa Barbara church and welcomed the man(and his wife and two daughters) to Jesus. Father Paul ministered to this man who was poor in spirit. This man is exactly the kind of people our Pope wants our priests and bishops to minister. But what did our archbishop do? He maligned and destroyed this man and his family, in an effort to remove Father Paul who was not conforming to the ways of the NCW. The archbishop destroyed a priest and a man poor in spirit for his beloved NEO. Shocking!

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    1. This person may try to get his name removed from the national registry of sex offenders. That would help him a lot.

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    2. I always thought it was kind of interesting that there is a national registry for sex offenders but there is no registry for serial killers. I guess they're okay. The real problem with the registry is that it does not distinguish between sex crimes. The sexual molestation of children is different than rape. Both terrible. But different.

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    3. I suggest Archbishop and his kikos read yesterday's Dear Abby: "People on sex offender registry for various crimes" Quite relevant!

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    4. Anonymous (May 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM), I had the very same thought as I was reading the PDN, but realized that the Archbishop and Kiko-bots don't really read for relevant information — they listen and do whatever wannabe pope Kiko Argüello tells them to do.

      Their tunnel-vision will also prevent them from seeing that what Tim has posted is substantiated with documents — some available for our viewing, while others not yet (and may never be) — so the Kiko-bots will continue their relentless cry of "hearsay, gossip and superstition" to try and downplay the effect of Tim's posts. But they will not read for relevant information.

      For the information of those who might have missed — or do not read — the "Dear Abby" column in the 13 May edition of the PDN, here are some things worth pondering:

      • From “Already Paid His Debt” (which seems to be the mindset of the Archbishop, et. al and the Kiko-bots): “Registered sex offenders have been convicted and incarcerated for their crimes as well as serving a probationary period upon release. However, unlike other criminal offenses, the never finish ‘serving their time’ — both in the areas of WHERE they can live and HOW they can live (employment). They continue to serve a sentence that can never be completed and are stigmatized for the rest of their lives.
      “The reason for this is because of a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to punishment, be it a one-time offender or a serial rapist. … Only a small percentage of registered offenders pose a danger and should be under surveillance. The others should be allowed a second chance to continue with their lives without undue harassment.”

      • From "Rebecca in San Diego” (which is good to keep in mind, calling to mind a recent local case of a minor in second example given): "Inclusion on the registry can be the result of something that would not pose a danger to anyone — urinating in public, or having sex with a younger girlfriend when you yourself are a minor."

      The Archbishop, et al and their fellow Kiko-bots cling to the belief that the sentences of registered sex offenders “can never be completed” and that, like the man who Fr. Paul had brought back to the Church, they are “stigmatized for the rest of their lives,” completely ignoring the fact that “only a small percentage of registered offenders pose a danger.”

      Clearly, Fr. Paul believed that his parishioner and family “should be allowed a second chance to continue with their lives without undue harassment.” The Archbishop, et al. did not want to afford the man that “second chance” and instead chose to use him as a SCAPEGOAT in their effort to get rid of Fr. Paul Gofigan — I guess that’s just one example of one of the rotten “FRUITS!”

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  6. Canon law requires the archbishop to be paternal, to be compassionate with his priests. So long as you are a Neo priest, the archbishop will bend backwards for you. If you are not, watch out or you will suffer the same fate as Fr. Paul.

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    1. You will suffer the same fate as Aaron and Junee. All three have had to deal with being the stepchildren. Ask Pali Kidd.......he was...or should I say still IS a stepchild. While every other Neo Priest was made a pastor after ordination.....Pali Kidd is still just the administrator of Maina. Poor people of Maina, haven't they had enough of being the stepchild too!! They punish the priest and the parish with uncertainty! Shame shame!

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    2. I don't know but we are not children of any kind of Archbishop. I have never felt the urge and I have never wanted to be. We are children of God and there is no stepchild with God.

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    3. As St. Paul said, in 1 Cor 4: 15" for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel." The Archbishop, any bishop, is our "father" in the gospel.

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    4. At 2:27, the fact that Neo priests are made pastors pretty much right out of the box, and Richard Kidd was made a mere parochial administrator has not gone unnoticed. However, I don't think Richard minds. No brand new priest should be made a pastor anyway. Feel sorry for the neo priests.

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    5. Tim's response to 2:27 is absolutely correct — no surprise there — in that "No brand new priest should be made a pastor. Feel sorry for the neo priests."

      I can remember how, under the late Bishop Baumgartner and Archbishop Flores, newly ordained priests would serve under the mentorship of experienced pastors for several years before being assigned to their own parish. It served them well to receive the practical experience needed to supplement the training they received in the seminary for pastoral ministry.

      The Neo priests, from what I've been told, are trained as missionaries, not as pastors — the former being itinerant in nature with the latter more permanent.

      I'm sure Fr. Richard Kidd would have welcomed the opportunity to serve under a mentor like Fr. Paul Gofigan, who was an excellent pastor at Santa Barbara Catholic Church — or any other "traditionally" trained (vs RMS trained) priest, for that matter — before being assigned as a pastor.

      Our priests — Non-Neo and Neo — really do need our prayers! Let us pray for all of them.

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  7. Oh my, I saw a Vatican City flag on the traffic flow! I wonder what article(s) caught their eye?

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  8. How two faced can you get. The archbishop has never been concerned about the poor or issues relating to poverty. The entire archdiocese knows this.. However, since he has raised the issue may be its time to do a life style check on the archbishop.

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    1. Do you have any proof that "the archbishop has never been concerned about the poor or issues relating to poverty"? This seems to be a superstition. The truth is just the contrary. I know people who went to the Archbishop and they received encouragement and help in their poverty. He is very compassionate, if you turn to him in person.

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    2. Do you have any evidence that he has? Feel free to share.

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    3. That is, if one can get to the Archbishop, in person, first of all; so, we know who we are who might rate this "personal appointment."

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    4. The Archbishop is unapproachable. You have to go to his so called security guard and screening before you can even get an appointment.

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    5. Probably from all the money the NEO has given him--the archbishop I mean. LOL.......

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  9. Hawaii is pretty much a local vicinity. Was this "talk" even reported in the Umatuna? In fact, I think the Umatuna should report on all of the Archbishop's globe trotting adventures! "Where In The World Is …"

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    1. At the minimum, he should advise the diocese of his travels related to diocesan business. And so should the pastors. They are not employees. They are "fathers", accountable to families.

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    2. Is it true Archbishop has been off island since Canonization and will only arrive for Gala Dinner at RMS?

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  10. Came across this and I thought it was worth posting..

    Insight
    Matthew 23 uses the phrase “woe to you” eight times when Jesus condemns the hypocrisy of the religious leaders. They displayed outward religiosity and piety, but neglected the truly important matters of justice, mercy, and faith (v.23; Mic. 6:8). They presented themselves as upright and holy, but inside they were utterly corrupt and evil (vv.25-31).

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