As he left "the country" (as he put it), Fr. John Wadeson, a priest twice accused of child molestation, threatened that he had instructed his lawyer "to proceed judicially against those who will advance this calumny."
Calumny is kind of big word for some of us so I thought I'd provide both a definition and an example. Here's the definition:
And what better example of calumny than Archbishop Apuron's defamation and slander of Fr. Paul Gofigan and a Santa Barbara parishioner, both of whom were personally selected by Archbishop Apuron for punishment under his rod.
Amazingly, he gave this speech in front of thirty members of the clergy at a retreat for the clergy in Tagaytay, Philippines, last October. The clergy had gathered to hear their shepherd speak on spiritual things. After all, it was a retreat, remember! Instead they got Archbishop Apuron's harlequin narration of what sounds like orgiastic homosexual night-long trysts complete with "cases of beer and what not" and even a secret staircase. Can't wait for the movie:
“…and really for disobeying the orders I had given him two years earlier. I had waited two years to see what would happen because so many complaints were coming in about why is he still working there with him, why is he so intimate…because he had built a stairway up to his room, his room is on the second floor, and he would come in the middle of the night, you know, with cases of beer and what not and stays there to the early morning…” - Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Agana, October, 2013, Tagaytay, Philippines
Listen to it here.
So who's next? That's what people are asking. Who will Archbishop Apuron take down next? Some people are speculating that it will be Fr. Michael Crisostomo. They may be right. But it appears the Archbishop is busy discrediting and defaming two other priests: Fr. Efren Adversario and Fr. Matthew Blockley; Fr. Efren, because he stood up to Archbishop Apuron at the meeting with Archbishop Krebs, and Fr. Blockley, who Archbishop Apuron thought was "dead", but has come back to life and knows where the skeletons from the 90's are hidden.
And because Fr. Efren stayed with Fr. Blockley in Manila this past year while caring for his mother, Archbishop Apuron is suggesting the same thing about them that he did with Fr. Paul and the Santa Barbara parishioner. None of it is true, but as we have come to expect from Archbishop Apuron, it doesn't need to be.
When will it end?
P.S. I was thinking of calling Dan Brown to see if he wanted to write another deleterious work of fiction about the Catholic Church, but the problem is...all this is true.