Saturday, July 26, 2014


We know now, as per the Associated Press story today, that Archbishop Apuron was contacted by the Los Angeles Archdiocese about Fr. Wadeson in 2011:
In 2011, Wadeson asked the Los Angeles archdiocese for authorization to minister once more in Los Angeles because he was traveling in California. The archdiocese refused and contacted archdiocese officials in Guam after learning he was working there, said archdiocese attorney Michael Hennigan. 
Unless the Los Angeles attorney is lying or the AP is making it up, we now have solid evidence that Archbishop Apuron was aware of Wadeson's issues at least by 2011 (even though he should have been made aware of them by Wadeson himself when he requested incardination in 2000 and certainly in 2004 when the Los Angeles report was published.)

Amazingly, while Archbishop Apuron did nothing in 2011 about Fr. Wadeson, even vouching for him so that he could serve in another diocese, in the same year, 2011, Archbishop Apuron ordered Fr. Paul to fire an employee from Santa Barbara who Apuron said was a "danger to children."

Let's restate that:

  • Archbishop Apuron is contacted in 2011 by the Los Angeles Archdiocese about one of his priests.
  • The priest had been accused of molesting children and was listed on an official Los Angeles Archdiocesan report
  • Archbishop Apuron not only does nothing about this priest, he vouches for the alleged child molester to function as a priest in another bishop's diocese. 
  • At the same time, he demands that Fr. Paul Gofigan fire an employee from his parish who Archbishop Apuron says is a "danger to children" even though the man's crime was more than 30 years ago and had nothing to do with children. 
  • Two years later, the priest accused of molesting children is still functioning in both dioceses unhindered and unreported, and Fr. Paul is fired for showing kindness to the man whose employment he had terminated two years earlier at the Archbishop's order. 

Can you say Neocatechumenal Way?


  1. Time for archbishop to retire for the good of the catholic church in Guam.

  2. Neocatechumenal Way! And what's the real story behind Monsignor James's removal today?

  3. That's the phrase that is missing from all of these media reports: "N-E-O-C-A-T-E-C-H-U-M-A-L--W-A-Y", and it's arguably one of the most opaque organizations within the Catholic Church today.

    Patience. Patience.

  4. Actually, if I were the Archbishop, (I'm not, thank God), I would be ready for a few years of happiness as a simple priest. What would make someone want to fight under these circumstances. One sneeze would blow me over. I'm his age.

  5. Remember your humble beginnings, Archbishop: " When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all he has and buys it." Preach it. Tomorrow. Get in touch with the beginning of your call and love it all over again.

  6. Sadly the sex abuse and cover up within the church hierarchy throughout the world is still going on to this day. Cardinals and bishops are still not removing accused predator clergy, and they are still not reporting to law enforcement. Their so called "zero tolerance" policy is not being followed by the bishops who created it. They don't have to, because there is no punishment to force the bishops to change their ways of protecting their power and the institution rather than protecting innocent children.
    And as we have witnessed, Pope Francis has taken no action to hold these high ranking church officials accountable for covering up these sex crimes.

    Sex abuse thrives in secrecy and secret systems that allow it to continue to this day. So let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Fr John Howard Wadeson or anyone in Archdiocese of Agana, will find the courage to come forward and contact law enforcement.
    Silence is not an option anymore, it only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others
    Judy Jones, SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests