Sunday, June 1, 2014


So we now know that there was no invitation from Cardinal Tagle of Manila either to Kiko and his team nor to the "Neocatchumenal Communities of Guam and Saipan" as Jennifer Dulla reported on the front page of the May 18, 2014 edition of the U Matuna, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Agana.

This is rather serious stuff. A whole event, at great cost, has been organized under false pretenses (if not an outright lie), and a Cardinal's name was used without his knowledge or permission to substantiate the lie. This is an abuse of the highest order, certainly the kind of abuse that we are used to with Kiko, but now we have the leadership of our own archdiocese directly participating in the abuse. 

We have to assume, since Ms. Dulla is merely a reporter, that she only dutifully reported what she was given to report. So the question now is: WHO GAVE IT TO HER? 

The buck has to stop at the Archbishop. Nothing can be printed in the U Matuna, and certainly no announcement of that magnitude could be made without his direct consent. However, we already know that when it comes to the Neocatechumenal Way, the Archbishop is not the Archbishop, but merely one of "the brothers". 

So while he still will technically be held accountable - and we hope he will print a retraction and an apology, including a personal apology to Cardinal Tagle for the abuse of his name - we know that in reality even the Archbishop was being just as "dutiful" as Ms. Dulla. 

Since the Archbishop is not likely to apologize nor reveal the origin of the lie, for now, we will have to hold Ms. Dulla and the editorial staff of the U Matuna responsible...since that is probably what the Archbishop himself will do. And no worries folks, they will dutifully take the fall. 

P.S. Apparently some Catholics in Manila are taking offense to the headline:

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "DELETE!":  
Concerning the headline. The youth of Manila do not need to be evangelized by Guam. We are a strong catholic country with many programs of education for youth. Our families are catholic where the faith is strong. So the headline is not even true. Then to state the cardinal invited kiko. Don't t believe so. 

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