Wednesday, July 30, 2014

THE ARCHBISHOP "HAS BECOME UNSUITED FOR THE FULFILLMENT OF HIS OFFICE"

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by Eileen Benavente-Blas

Thank you to all the brave people who are now putting their names to their positions. It is time.

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By firing Mon. James, the arch is trying to throw suspicion off himself. The arch is the one who has been negligent of his duties as an archbishop. Some points from canon law:
Can. 378 §1 To be a suitable candidate for the episcopate, a person must:


1° be outstanding in strong faith, good morals, piety, zeal for souls, wisdom, prudence and human virtues, and possess those other gifts which equip him to fulfil the office in question;

2° be held in good esteem
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By his recent actions, the arch has shown that he longer possesses the qualities that made his appointment as an archbishop possible.

Can. 399 §1 Every five years the diocesan Bishop is bound to submit to the Supreme Pontiff a report on the state of the diocese entrusted to him, in the form and at the time determined by the Apostolic See.
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How many such reports has the arch submitted to the Vatican during his tenure? Are these reports available to the scrutiny of the laity? When was the last report submitted? Make these reports public.

Can. 401 §1 A diocesan Bishop who has completed his seventy-fifth year of age is requested to offer his resignation from office to the Supreme Pontiff, who, taking all the circumstances into account, will make provision accordingly.

§2 A diocesan Bishop who, because of illness or some other grave reason, has become unsuited for the fulfillment of his office, is earnestly requested to offer his resignation from office.
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The Catholic faithful on island cannot wait until the arch turns 75 when he will retire and a successor be appointed.

The arch "has become unsuited for the fulfillment of his office" and I earnestly request that he "offer his resignation from office."

I always thought Mon. James would succeed him as bishop of our diocese. I hope this happens and with the grace of the Lord, one day we will be blessed with the leadership of Bishop James Benavente.

40 comments:

  1. I may not like his way of working, and I may not even respect him as a person, but he is the Archbishop and deserves to be addressed as such: not archi, Tony, kiko, etc. He certainly does not deserve the comparisons to Hitler and Mussolini and their evil and genocidal ilk. This is cruel and hateful, and of course, exceedingly inaccurate. He is at best misguided and at worst criminal, but he is innocent until proven guilty and, ex officio, deserving of some respect. I may not appreciate the Neocatechumenal Way, but I have friends, family and co-workers who are a part, and for some, it has been a life-saving experience. For others it has made them smug and sanctimonious and elitist. When I was a youth, I was involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, and that, too, was condemned as a cult and a sect and a divisive group. But it jump-started my faith, and that is what the Neocatechumenal Way does for many of its members. Perhaps they will "outgrow" it someday as I did the Renewal. And if it causes a schism, we will need to re-evangelize or let them go. I feel the conversations here are simply malicious and undeserving of the banner of Christian/Catholic. I appreciate a forum from which to present opposing views and express differing opinions, and I agree with the need for transparency in ALL Church related institutions that rely on donations/tuition (the Archdiocese in general and in particular parishes and schools), but the tone ought to be one of overriding charity and the desire to lovingly correct the wayward. Otherwise, the campaign to discredit, to humiliate, and to gloat makes us just as sinful as the man who is accused of being self-absorbed, self-aggrandizing, surreptitious and incompetent. Weigh your words and ask if Jesus would approve.

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    1. You are welcome to your opinion and so are they. This Archbishop has declared war on his own people and has treated people viciously. There's much wordpse things they could call him. I still refer to him as Archbishop, but it's getting harder.

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    2. The arch by his actions has not shown respect for his position as archbishop. I cannot respect anyone who tells outright lies to advance his own agenda. He spread outright lies about Fr. Paul at a spiritual retreat. I expect better behavior in someone who is supposed to be our spiritual leader and a model of how to live the example of Christ. There is no excuse for his treatment of Fr. Paul or his abrupt firing of Mgsr. James. This is not the way to lead. I say this in all seriousness that I think the arch needs a mental health evaluation. He might be having mental health side effects from current medications he may be prescribed. He may be suffering from an undiagnosed health problem that is affecting his judgement. The arch's actions speak for him and the telling is not a good one. I have added the name of Archbishop Apuron to my Divine Mercy list of intentions. I sincerely hope that these problems will be resolved for the good of our archdiocese.
      Eileen Benavente-Blas

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    3. 8:56PM: You have said much and civilly. But at the end of the day, all that matters is that this Archdiocese is spiritually broken and as the leader and the one with power, it's on him. Mere words are just that against someone who is abusing his position and exploiting the faithful.
      I doubt these disparaging words, you claim are harmful, are even affecting his decisions. And if they are, well, therein lies an even greater problem.

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    4. Sir, as Tim said everyone has an opinion. but let me share with you some of my experiences. It is the Archbishop himself who encourages those in the way to address him as Tony, brother Tony, etc. It is those self proclaimed members of the way who come on this forum and start the name calling, being human, it is natural for some of those who oppose this cult to become defensive. I too, have "family" members in the NCW, who have since decided that my family is not worth their time since we refuse to "join up". The CCR did not absorb church resources the way that the NCW does sucking it up like a dry sponge would be more accurate. Yes some comments are malicious, but when you see your church being dragged into the ground, sometimes frustration gets the better of us, especially when those who are doing it refuse to listen to logic, reason, or just the plain truth with facts and documents to back up these truths.
      If we wait, as you suggest, to re-catechize, there may not be much of a church left! Read the letter from the Japanese bishop.

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    5. I compare Anthony with Judas. Don't forget, Judas was an original apostle whom the devil possessed. Anthony has been possessed. Should we be forgiving to the devil? I don't think so. As Jesus said, "Get behind me Satan." All Anthony's followers should go behind the real Catholics. As far as I'm concerned, Guam no longer has a bishop.

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  2. Father Matthew Blockley.July 30, 2014 at 9:39 PM


    There comes a time when our spiritual leaders have become so inept in their leadership we have no choose but to follow conscience and defend the rights of priests. Archbishop Apuron has violated the rights of priests, he has insulted priests, he has shown no respect for dignity of priests, we must stand for justice in our church we must stand for what is right, justice for priests. .

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  3. Father Matthew Blockley.July 30, 2014 at 9:52 PM


    Catholics United for Truth and Justice in Our church Let us go forward with asking our Holy Father Pope Francis, supreme pastor, vicar of Christ , to send a spiritual leader to the Metropolitian Archdiocese of Agana Guam

    Father Matthew Blockley.

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  4. Father Matthew Blockley.July 30, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    If we get one hundred named concerned Catholics to sign there name on this page. Together we will travel to Rome with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, Queen of peace. And we will deliver our concerns to the congregation for Bishops. One hundred names. Guam and the Marianas it is time for change.

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    1. Father Matthew Blockley, thank you for your ongoing contributions to the discussions on this blog.

      I don't know where you want us to sign our names as Concerned Catholics, but here is mine:
      Mary Lou Garcia-Pereda

      I would love to travel to Rome with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, Queen of Peace to deliver our concerns to the Congregation for Bishops. I don't know if I will be able to do that physically but please know I will be with you in spirit every step of the way.

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    2. Father Matthew Blockley.July 31, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      Thank you Mary Lou.

      I believe the priests and people of Guam deserve better. I am only a weak instrument working for the cause of truth and justice in the western pacific.

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  5. Fr Matthew seems very alive. They thought he was dead.

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    1. Anonymous (July 30, 2014 at 10:36 PM), in your statement "They thought he was dead" are you speaking figuratively or literally? I am now just learning, via this blog, about Fr. Matthew Blockley. I'm inferring that "they" are the Three on the Hill. But I'm curious about the word "dead."

      As I had recounted in an earlier comment, "Diana" had approved a comment on "her" blog claiming that ALL the comments submitted and published on JungleWatch wished ill health and/or death on the Archbishop. When challenged, "she" dredged up a comment in which the person wrote about the Archbishop being "gone," which "Diana" interpreted as a reference to his death.

      Did the Three on the Hill consider Fr. Matthew to be figuratively "dead" in terms of being out of the picture, no longer a thorn in their sides? OR did the Three on the Hill assume Fr Matthew was literally "dead" because he had not been heard from in years? Your explanation will probably shed light on why "Diana" insisted that being "gone" meant certain death.

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    2. Statement posted on the Internet 2009 from Guam states that Fr. Matthew Blockley had passed away. Will find the link.

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    3. Anonymous (July 31, 2014 at 1:35 PM), thank you for the clarification. I'm sure that the reappearance of Fr. Matthew Blockley must have been a shock for the Three on the Hill then! I'll see if I can find that link, but will keep an eye out for an update from you.

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  6. Just putting this out there:

    Father Efren was brought back to Guam, assigned to the Cathedral-Basilica. This was approved by the Archbishop. A week after Father Efren arrived, he was told by Msgr. David the younger and Father Adrian that he was reassigned to FD.

    Msgr. James was told by the Archbishop that he was being accused of mismanaging funds at the Cathedral-Basilica and the Catholic Cemeteries. Msgr. James asked for a list of charges and time to clear his name. The Archbishop assented. The following day, Msgr. David and Father Adrian served him with a letter immediately removing him.

    The Archbishop says one thing, Msgr David and Father Adrian act differently. Seems to me they themselves are guilty of not obeying. Who's running the show? I don't think it's the Archbishop, and I feel like he's getting the brunt of the criticism.

    Don't get me wrong, from what I've read, he has certainly made mistakes. And his decisions have created a climate of division within the Church. I'm not his biggest fan by any means, and it sickens me to see images of Msgr. James hurting. I am fiercely protective of him.

    But at the same time, i know that his faith is strong and all he wants is for us to pray for the Archbishop, the Church, and for him. So I do.

    This in-fighting and name-calling is not productive. Let us all truly throw our hearts into the spirit of building bridges. These are our brothers and sisters in Christ! He was inclusive, never exclusive. We need to find a way to humble ourselves and submit to the Holy Spirit and trust that this battle will have an outcome that brings unity to our Catholic, Universal Church.

    I'm willing to give way to healing, and would welcome the Neo-Catecumenal back into our flock. In the spirit of the Prayer Service on Tuesday, I hope we all find it in our hearts to do this. As Father Efren preached at his first 5:45a Mass, "The Church is not a museum for saints, but a hospital for sinners. (Morton Kelsey)"

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    1. If the "Church is a hospital of sinners" then it would be logical to conclude that the Neocatecumenal Way is our official "LOONEY BIN"!!! Makes perfect sense!

      And that also makes Apuron, quitugua and a. crisostomo permanent "residents".

      Really glad to have you back, Fr. Efren!

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  7. @anon 8:56 you do sound conflicted, pray.

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  8. Archbishop the Vatican are reading Tim's blog tonight. Word must have reached the pope. Stay tuned for breaking news.

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  9. You, dear brother, have been chosen by the Lord. Remember that you are chosen from among men and appointed to act for men and women in relation to God. The title of bishop is not one of honor but of function, and therefore a bishop should strive to serve rather than to rule. Such is the counsel of the Master: the greater should behave as if he were the least, and the leader as if he were the one who serves. Proclaim the message whether it is welcome or unwelcome; correct error with unfailing patience and teaching. Pray and offer sacrifice for the people committed to your care and so draw every kind of grace for them from the overflowing holiness of Christ.
    As a steward of the mysteries of Christ in the church entrusted to you, be a faithful overseer and guardian. Since you are chosen by the Father to rule over his family, always be mindful of the Good Shepherd, who knows his sheep and is known by them and who did not hesitate to lay down his life for them.
    As a father and a brother, love all those whom God places in your care. Love the priests and deacons who share with you the ministry of Christ. Love the poor and infirm, strangers and the homeless. Encourage the faithful to work with you in your apostolic task; listen willingly to what they have to say. Never relax your concern for those who do not yet belong to the one fold of Christ; they too are commended to you in the Lord. Never forget that in the Catholic Church, made one by the bond of Christian love, you are incorporated into the college of bishops. You should therefore have a constant concern for all the churches and gladly come to the aid and support of churches in need. Attend to the whole flock in which the Holy Spirit appoints you an overseer of the Church of God -- in the name of the Father, whose image you personify in the Church -- and in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, whose role of Teacher, Priest, and Shepherd you undertake -- and in the name of the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the Church of Christ and supports our weakness with his strength.

    From the Rite of Ordination of a Bishop

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  10. I'm glad comments were made addressing the name calling. As much as I understand the frustration and anger that led to some of the uncharitable comments, I cringe when I read of yet another comment where disrespect and name calling occurs. As someone above stated, it is not productive at all and in fact, hurts our cause. Please, let's all remember to refrain from the ugliness of name calling. Let's be respectful and civil. Peace and God Bless!

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  11. To Anonymous @8:56 PM July 30. The difference between the the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) and the NCW is the NCW intention is to destroy the traditional ways of the church and impose the NCW. They start with just call me Tony. Then they start rejecting all non-neo men who want to join the seminary. They only recruit neo men. Then they start to eliminate non-neo priest (Fr Paul, Monsignor James, Fr Efren, Fr Matt). Then they require the parishes to collect for the purpose of supporting the RMS ( a neo seminary). What next?
    If they continue with Tony's ways, he will impose the NCW on the island. The island will be completely neo. We will worship like gypsies. We would chant and dance around the Sacred alter. We would have a lay person as a responsible who we would go for guidance. The priest would be one of us (not leading). We would have communal confessions (confessing to the community). As we move up the ladder we have to go before a group of Neo's so they can judge as to determine if we are worthy of moving up.
    If the majority of us continue to be passive and let Tony continue with his imposition of the NCW, all parishes will be NCW and we will be pushed out of our church, our culture, our way of worship and our religion.
    Tony, David and Adrian will not stop. They will continue with their rampage of non-neos. Their terminations not only includes non neo priest but also non neo lay person. Soon the finance and parish councils will be rid of non neo volunteers.

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  12. Soon Eusebio and his wife who is in the first community will be the main responsible and they will have power over Tony.

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    1. They already do

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    2. Rick and Mary Ann Eusebio OVER Archbishop??? Ahhhhhhh. Haaaaaaa. What ju talkin bout Willis?

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    3. Just call him Tony. What a joke!

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    4. The Eusebio's are not part of the Agana community, but Barrigada so they aren't in Archbishop's community. But you should be looking at Fr. Pius and the Giuseppe's if you want to see who has controls over the Neos and Archbishop.

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    5. It doesn't matter what community they are a part off Josh Q, the fact remains that they are a BIG part of the NCW activities! They are the pioneers of the NCW and have all the footage and leverage. Don't kid yourself, they are very very very very (infinity) close to father Pius.

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  13. Father Matthew Blockley.July 31, 2014 at 11:25 AM


    When the neo way entered Guam and the Mariana Islands it was with the intention of making the entire region the neo hub for pacific Asia. They had control of Guam and intended a neo priest to become the bishop of Saipan. Hence they were working on Father Roger Temorio to join as Bishop camacho intended him to become the second bishop of Saipan. With the unfortunate death of Fr. Roger the diocese was in crisis as there is no priest on Saipan to be the second bishop. Hence the neo are working for a neo priest to be the new bishop so they can control Saipan and will have captured the western pacific. It really is tragic what is happening in the pacific. Anyone who opposes the n.way is terminated. If it continues it will destroy many more priests and people .

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  14. Father Matthew Blockley.July 31, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Very important now that the Holy See is informed of all details concerning the archdiocese of Agana and the diocese of Chalan. There is a very serious leadership problem in both dioceses. May be it is time to return Chalan Kanoa to the archdiocese of Agana and have a new leadership on Guam. The region needs stability it cannot continue in this present crisis of leadership. The islands have now become a joke to the church. Yes archbishop Apuron has become such a joke who can take him seriously.

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    1. Father Matthew, I read you have friends who are linked to US mainstream news media. Wondering if you still have those connections and if you've reached out to try to get them to spotlight what's happening in Guam and Saipan?

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    2. Father Matthew Blockley.July 31, 2014 at 4:05 PM


      Thank you. Yes it is correct I have contacts with news networks .

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    3. Father Matthew Blockley.July 31, 2014 at 4:08 PM


      I will be speaking to BBC international.

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    4. Fr. Matthew perhaps do not post your future plans here in how you want to help the cause. The Neocancers come to spy here All the time. Please contact Tim offline for future plans. Seriously. ..We want to win this battle!

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  15. Father Matthew Blockley.July 31, 2014 at 11:59 AM


    Archbishop has declared war on all men and women of Good will. It is time for the archdiocese of Agana to have a new spiritual leader.

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  16. Just write to: (go straight to the top!!!)

    His Holiness, Pope Francis PP.
    00120 Via del Pellegrino
    Citta del Vaticano

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    1. If you writing his Holiness he will return through Nuncio.

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    2. Anonymous (July 31, 2014 at 2:45 PM), that is a fine suggestion BUT per a recent discussion on Church Militant TV, it will be important to write to the Pope in Spanish to communicate our concerns since he does not read/write/understand the English language. It would not do to write to him in English and hope that someone at the Vatican will be able to translate it to him. The letter sent to the Pope must be in Spanish to ensure that he will be able to understand the content himself.

      Therefore, it will be imperative to find someone who is fluent in both languages and able to translate from English to Spanish. Using an app will not suffice; one needs to find an actual person to perform the task. Maybe someone can be the resource person for this task — let us pray for guidance.

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  17. @2:45PM. I will also write to Pope Francis. Is this address legit?

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  18. Yes the Address is from the Vatican Website.

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