Friday, July 4, 2014

THE ARCHBISHOP WANTS TO MEET - CONTINUED

Today's Pacific Daily News fleshed out yesterday evening's online post about the Archbishop's invitation to the Concerned Catholics of Guam to meet with him. One of the comments on the PDN story stated that the Archbishop does not have to publish the diocesan financials. Here is my reply which you can also read on the PDN website:


Right. The Archbishop does not need to show the archdiocesan financials. The request is not as per any law. The request is as per the standard set by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops in 2000 and is now being set in Rome by Pope Francis as per his efforts to straighten out the scandals relative to the Vatican Bank. But besides that, it's simply the DECENT thing to do. The assets of the archdiocese DO NOT belong to the Archbishop. By law, (18 GCA § 10105. Property to be Held in Trust.) those assets are held in trust. The Catholics of Guam are simply asking for an accounting of those assets. It's the right thing to do. There should be nothing to hide. Emphasis on SHOULD. Stay tuned. 

There are also more comments at https://www.facebook.com/GuamPDN

Update. As expected the Archbishop is trying to make this about me. Going to the major media was not my idea. I'm glad someone else thought about it and was at least willing to do something. But it doesn't matter. If the Archbishop wants to make this about me then I will take up the challenge. Stay tuned.

20 comments:

  1. Hey Archbishop, I want to see the receipt that the NCW pays for the use of the church like the rest of us! Like Kiko says, take courage! Take courage and publish the audit.

    So much vocabulary from Diana:

    1. Echo- we are not echoing our concerns
    2. Pharisees -stuck to the law , were blinded, did not receive the Holy Spirit.
    Archbishop stuck to the law of of statues of Kiko ; he was blinded by the glowing greens of $$$
    And received not the Holy Spirit, but probably kickbacks!
    3. Courage- Take courage my son says Kiko...JW says posting the truth is courage
    4. Song and dancing- following what King David did before the ark of the covenant..Archbishop our song and dance is just starting. Publish the Audit....

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  2. If the Archbishop has no LEGAL obligation to show the requested financial information, then I am sure he won't do it for any other reason. And so, meeting with him is just a waste of time.

    He has to see how serious we are about this. As someone said, let's talk with our wallets. I, for one, will stop contributing to the Catholic Church (including the Sunday Mass collections) until one of two things happen: the INDEPENDENTLY AUDITED reports are published in the major media, or ...... HE IS REPLACED!



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  3. Problem Tim archbishop does not accept the term " held in trust." observed that he sees all the resources of the archdiocese as " mine."

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    1. Yes, we know that. But just like politicians who think they are above the law, they ARE above the law until someone starts demanding that they follow it or else.

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    2. I am an outraged Catholic and when and if "Concerned Catholics " group, meet the Archbishop, I would like to join them because this is about our personal funds for the Roman Catholic Church of Guam. I am very sorry you are hurting our catholic community ArchBishop and you will not see my Sunday donation either because I do not trust you any longer. YOU ARE SHAMEFULLY FULL OF YOURSELF.

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    3. Concerned (but not the one who placed ad)July 6, 2014 at 12:40 AM

      Anon @ 2:48 I think that there are hundreds, perhaps thousand of us that would join "Concerned Catholics"! If those responsible for the advertisement would call for more members, they would have power in numbers for the meeting with the Archbishop. Pizza Hut could deliver a truck full of pizza!

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  4. 2.48pm. Thank you for your support. Soon we must all come forward as a community of faith believers to bring an end to the Apuron dictatorship.

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    1. We can start by asking our respective parish priests point-blank to let us know where they stand on these issues. Then, tell them that we will let them know our position by the size of the contributions (or lack thereof) we make to the Sunday collections.

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    2. No need to ask the parish priest in Asan...at today's 5:00 p.m. Mass, he started attacking the "group that's against the archbishop" and then cut himself short by saying, "I don't wanna talk about this now." Fortunately, it is still very difficult to understand his Sicilian accent, even after more than a decade of being "assigned" to Guam! Then too, he's a "fruit" of the RMS, so his allegiance is obvious!

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  5. good idea 4.54pm. Really believe we have to pull the plug on finances going to the parishes. Complete abrupt holt on any funding to the church.

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    1. You might as well be not Catholic and not go to Church

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    2. Sounds like you're judging, Anon 6:53 AM. Isn't that a great sin? Demanding accountability of the Archbishop or even criticizing him does not place us outside of the Catholic Church.

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  6. @4:54. Unless you really have the confidence of your pastor, they are keeping MUM. Let's face it they are all scared sh-t. And I don't blame them. Most of us don't want to rock the boat...job security .

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  7. Concerned (but not the one who placed the ad): You are absolutely right! If "Concerned Catholics of Guam" does a call for more members I will be in that line, as will many more who have voiced concerns about the goings-on in our local Church. The ad, and the follow-up story, have raised awareness of non-JungleWatchers. The Archbishop is probably hoping this will go away the same way he hoped Fr. Paul Gofigan would go away … I hope he isn't holding his breath while waiting.

    Who knows? Maybe "Diana" will do a call for all the Neos/Kiko's/Kikobots, too. Then we will see once and for all who he/she/it/they is/are. LOL

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  8. Sorry — my previous comment should have been placed further up. I'm on a mobile device and didn't realize I was in the wrong area.

    But I do agree with Anonymous (July 5, 2014 at 8:44 PM). Parish priests may not want to reveal what their position is for fear of retribution.

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  9. Too bad the word retribution has been used so many times, eh?

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    1. Archbishop will give Same treatment as he gave Fr. Paul to any priest who does not follow his wishes. System is built on fear and retribution. Understandable clergy find it difficult. however, there are a couple of priests working quietly for the future of Guam.

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    2. Well then let's be careful...since there are only a "couple of priests" left.

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    3. Never know who the KGB were.

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  10. Lots of prayers for those priests.

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