My family attended the prayer service. What a beautiful showing of love and support for Monsignor James. Biba Monsignor! We love you!
Don't let our prayers stop at the Cathedral foot steps. Please continue to pray that the Archbishop finds it in his heart to unite our one, holy Catholic church and continue to let our presence be known. This prayer service is a big step towards healing!
God was with us, rain was kept to a minimum. Beautiful event and peaceful. I am so glad the Chancery dunces did not show up. Did you all see that Tony baloney said prayer is good and he encourages everyone to pray? Well, he proves again what a two faced liar he is. One of the Divine Mercy faithful mentioned that Fr Adrian called Fr Joel, currently in the Philippines, who is in charge of the Divine Mercy and Cursillio groups. Fr Adrian actually told him to ask those groups not to attend. I suspect Fr Adrian was on the phone all day to the other groups loyal to prayer and the Church, requesting them to stay away also. So proud of Divine Mercy and Cursillio for going anyway.How shameful our lost shepherd has become, to ask people to stay away from prayer. Just one more example of the rule of fear our village idiot on the hill subscribes to.Yup. Tony baloney has two faces alright.One face viciousOne face sadistic
Like it was said tonight at the Cathedral, prayer needs action. Please spread the word.
Many island leaders in attendance tonight, Gov Calvo and former Gov Guiterrez, and many senators; non of them in campaign mode. They were there as concerned Catholics.
This event could have backfired on them. But, they were there. There are certain causes that just bring people together; some to fight for and those that inspire us. Many people were willing to put their differences aside for the Church and be in union with Msgr. This is truly what the CHURCH is all about.
We pray for healing in the archdiocese. But I fail to see how healing will take place why archbishop makes vindictive statements about priests.
Even our government now has problems with archbishop apuron.May be we need to ask justice Cruz what he thinks.
It was funny how Father Michael Jucatan, the Vice-Rector, took a picture of the red truck with the sign "protesting the bishop's actions" before the crowd assembled.
Father Michael Jucatan not only was taking pictures of the truck but the people who were there. I wonder how many people are going to be on their list. Shoot... Aim... Fire.. . Oopsss
Hi Tim, REALLY confused. A harbored sex offender at the RMS is all of a sudden (after a good number of years later!) is found to be not "good enough" for the image of the NEO RMS, AAA, Adrian and D.C. Quitugua. Wow!...most perplexing! Offender's answer?: Leave the island and have my lawyer take care of the slander and libel that is a result of AAA keeping me as his guest. Lets fire or use Monsignor James as the scapegoat, and create the opening to inject the NEO way at the supposedly heart of our Catholic Church, the Basilica. Lets take the heat off AAA for harboring a sex offender and stick it to Monsignor James. WHAT A GREAT STRATEGY! I am not sure how long it took Monsignor David C. Quitugua to get his Canon Law degree but it will not take the people of Guam that long to come to the realization of how power hungry and vicious the 3 hillbilly goats can get, I guess we all sometimes forget where we came from. Our modest means compared to the power they feel they are in possession of. The Catholic Faithful, I assure you, will not need much time as D.C. Quitugua's Canon Law degree too realize that we have the 3 stooges at the hill proclaiming the Good News and that we BETTER FOLLOW OR ELSE!...I am not intimidated or amused at each and every blundering course of action they take. I am more intrigued as to how they can continue to justify their means with the support of the local "NEO-KNIGHTS" that are blessed with the gift of vision, but can't see, the blessing of not being mute,and yet still not listen or speak the truth as to what the Catholic People of Guam are saying and what the TRUE CATHOLIC CHURCH stands for. JUST TOTALLY PERPLEXED! Aren't you?How wonderful it is to be able to be in the AAA's good graces but once you make him look bad, you MUST either vanish or stay invisible. Glad this invisible "magic" did not work on you and your supporters.
Mayor Savares of Dededo was there as well. It is interesting that Fr. Ray Cepeda, Fr. Paul Gofigan, and now Monsignor James Benavente are all Dededo priests. She is probably wondering why the archbishop is picking on her boys from Dededo, all local.
I'm sorry, but we are not giving any more $$$$ to AAA and his pose! I'm gonna use it to help others in various ways. They will see when the coffers run dry, who really runs Our Church. Monsignor James was like the Heart of the Catholic Church on Guam and AAA just ripped it out. So now let's see what happens?
Do they really call themselves the Neo Knights????
Same SMELL!...NEO-WAY, NEO-CATS, NEO-KNIGHTS=3 Hillbilly Goats gone wild!
Its so sad to see what our religious community has come to...we were taught that our church is where people come together to praise and worship...a place where everyone is welcomed no matter race religion or belief...but how can we when we are criticizing our own!? Now it seems that "SNAP" also stands for us who are fighting against what is wrong with our church...."SNAP"= "Surviving the Neo Abusing Pastors".
SNAP is an Anti Catholic organization according to the NEOCRATS. Like the statement above I too have my own version of SNAP!SNAP= Surviving Neocratic Authoritarian Putins!
I'd call them Neorats. Enjoyed the prayer service. I'm now posturing to write to Archbishop Krebs @ firstname.lastname@example.org and Cardinal Filoni @ email@example.com. I'll be going public in the next few days.
You PROTESTANT muchers!
I sent a letter to the Nuncio and received a response in less than an hour. Next step - Send a letter to Rome. LET'S ALL SPEAK UP for our Church and our island!
Here is a chilling account from a Bishop of the Takamatsu Diocese in Japan of their ordeal with the Neocatechumenal Way. It hauntingly mirrors the situation in Guam. The account tells of how they were able to shut down their Redemptoris Mater Seminary with the help of their apostolate delegate/nuncio*********It has been half a year since I stepped down from my post as diocesan bishop of Takamatsu diocese. Now, as I look back on the circumstances I encountered in that role, I have decided it best to write a few words for the sake of the future.First off, it is fair to say that there was something decidedly unusual in my reassignment to Takamatsu diocese, which came despite my being active bishop of Sendai at the time. That would never happen unless there was a problem. In fact, even before my arrival there, certain events, such as the late Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan’s inspection of the diocese as Papal Envoy, made it clear that something abnormal was afoot.What can be said in all fairness and agreement by both sides is this: that the problem that arose in Takamatsu had its roots in the diocese’s excessive indifference to, or ignorance of, the policies of the National Incentive Convention for Evangelization (NICE), which set a course for the Church in Japan in accordance with the decisions made at the Second Vatican Council.More specifically, the problem lay in the excessive emphasis of diocesan autonomy to the exclusion of any concept of a Church open to society, a Church to be built in cooperation with society. Even at the parish level, there was not a very strong sense of teamwork in evangelization or pastoral care.Furthermore, the religious orders lacked any attentiveness to the task of working with the diocesan bishop to establish a common direction for the diocese.The bishop of the diocese, my predecessor, who had neither manpower nor economic resources, tried anything and everything he could think of, like a drowning man grasping at straws. Every attempt ended in frustration, and his solution to the diocese’s problems ended up being simply to bring in any group that promised him it could help.The stark reality is that Takamatsu diocese did not gain even one new priest for 40 years. Every seminarian there dropped out before graduation. With congregations getting older and the number of baptisms dwindling, there wasn’t much good news.One organization endorsed by Rome was called the Neocatechumenal Way, which began active involvement in Japan 30 years ago. It was a group bursting with energy, and at first most parishes in Takamatsu welcomed its members enthusiastically.However, as this group’s people came into the local churches, some of the laity began to feel uncomfortable, especially in matters of liturgy. Even some priests working in the diocese reacted with something like opposition.What was troubling was that priests affiliated with the Way almost without exception made changes to the altars and chapels of the churches they took charge of, to the shock of parishioners who wanted to preserve the traditions of the Church.Nevertheless, the Way worked hard to recruit new members to serve as the nucleus of its activities, so naturally the number of those who agreed with the group’s policies increased as well.The confrontation began with small differences of opinion at the parish level. However, the situation exploded into widespread disorder when the Way founded a seminary it positioned as the “Takamatsu Diocese Seminary.”(continued)
(continued)Initial objections that the new seminary had been founded without fulfilling certain legal prerequisites escalated into a barrage of voices denouncing the bishop for authorizing its establishment. Then, the bishop made public a list of names of those dissenting in this way, which those named responded to by bringing a legal action against him in civil court.When I took up my new role in Takamatsu diocese, the motto “Rebirth and Harmony” was foremost in my mind, and I hoped that some sort of dialogue might be rekindled in the diocese. Unfortunately, by that time the possibility of dialogue was virtually off the table.Consequently, the first step had to be to make the diocese organizationally functional on the basis of Canon Law.The biggest obstacle was that of the Takamatsu Diocesan International Redemptoris Mater Seminary. With each passing year, multiple new priests affiliated with the Way emerged from this seminary, and the discord in the diocese grew more severe.Fortunately, we had help from the apostolic nuncios and the members of the bishops’ conference, and it was decided that the seminary should be shut down. At the same time, we focused our energy on activating the inner life of the diocese, which was really the more systemic problem, and which arguably lingers to this day.Finding new candidates for the priesthood, educating them: these were our top priorities. I rejoice to say that this year the number of seminarians has risen to four. This is most likely the result of the effort we directed toward the upbringing of young people.The biggest problems with the Way are (1) that they mistake their homemade rituals for charisms, and (2) that they have a chain of command that is entirely disconnected from the local bishop. Also, (3) they take problems that ought to be solved within the diocese and bring them off to Rome, where they try to get their own way by using the influence of Rome to coerce the local Church to fall in line.This results in great harm to the independence of local Churches. Except in matters of departure from Church dogma, local problems should in principle be resolved by local Churches.With its new bishop, today’s Takamatsu diocese has begun to walk the path of “Harmony and Rebirth.” They recently held a major diocesan meeting to discuss evangelization and have taken the first step toward rebirth.It is so easy for a diocese to crumble if its people do not unite and give serious attention to solidarity. This is the message I wish to send, from a diocese that has learned this truth through agonizing, first-hand experience, to the rest of the Church in Japan.
Tony's will go down in history as being Guam's most corrupt Archbishop ever. Even if he tries to redeem himself now, the damage he has already done is catastrophic and my grandchildren will read all about it in Guam History class.
He will be remembered as a corrupt dictator.