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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.
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
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.
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.
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.