Sunday, July 13, 2014

WHICH IS IT, ARCHBISHOP?

Archbishop Apuron is refusing to include the financials of Redemptoris Mater Seminary in a proposed archdiocesan report on the grounds that the Seminary is a corporation separate from the Archdiocese of Agana. 

This is curious because in order to justify his demand for the transfer of Title to the multi-million dollar former Accion Hotel property from the Archdiocese of Agana to Redemptoris Mater Seminary, Archbishop Apuron wrote the then-members of the Archdiocesan Finance Council on 16 November 2011:
...the Seminary is canonically a public juridic person (canon 238) subject in toto to the jurisdiction of the Ordinary. Also, from a civil point of view, the Seminary is a Corporation-Sole in which the Sole-member is the Ordinary with absolute powers who remains, in any case, the exclusive holder of the Title to Property.

If this is true, and the Seminary is "subject in toto to the jurisdiction of the Ordinary" (Archbishop Apuron), then by not including the financials of the Seminary in any archdiocesan financial report, the Archbishop is PURPOSELY WITHHOLDING financial information that he has the "absolute powers" to include. 

Thus we must ask: 

WHY is Archbishop Apuron purposely withholding the Seminary's financial information?

ESPECIALLY, when - as per his own report - 65% of our money, collected through the Annual Appeal, goes to its support. 

Which is it, Archbishop? When you wanted the finance council to approve the transfer of Title, the Archdiocese and the Seminary were one and the same. But now that you are asked to make visible the financials, the two are suddenly separate.

Which is it, Archbishop? Which is it? What's with all the funny business? Why the hiding? The bait and switch? The three-card monte? If you are so against gambling then show your hand. Until you do, we'll hold ours. 



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