Friday, August 29, 2014

COMMENTS ON ARCHBISHOP APURON'S COMMENTS TO THE FD STUDENTS

It's hard to know where to begin, but let's try.

...the issue was that he had an alleged sex offender working in the parish (___) then as a volunteer, and he saw nothing wrong with that. [The "issue was" that Archbishop Apuron incardinated and protected an alleged sex offender (Fr. John Wadeson) for over a decade and saw nothing wrong with that!] In the meantime, because there’s a school next door that had children and there’s always a danger that they can be at risk. [It is time for Mr. Lastimoza to sue this bishop for his continued public plastering him as a threat to children. He was not nor has he ever been.] So that was really what the case is about. And, so, please continue to pray for him. [So after defaming and slandering both Fr. Paul and Mr. Lastimoza AGAIN, the Archbishop calls on the students to pray for them.] And I’m really waiting for what’s now over a year, because it was July 16 of last year that that issue came to the forefront and it decided to go viral. ["It" decided to go viral.]


In the case of Monsignor James, there are lot of improprieties in terms of the finances of the Cathedral-Basilica and the cemetery, the Catholic Cemeteries, [In a letter dated August 19, 2014, Archbishop Apuron wrote to a representative of Msgr. James: I have not made any statements characterizing the re-ordering of administration of the Cathedral-Basilica and the Catholic Cemeteries, as "financial mismanagement." Yet in this address to the FD students, Archbishop Apuron assigns financial "improprieties" in regards to the management of the Cathedral-Basilica and the Catholic Cemeteries to Msgr. James. So either the Archbishop is lying to the "representative" or to the students.] and we’re now studying that assiduously, and it is because that we cannot get the Deloitte and Touche to audit those two entities to complete the audit of the finances of the Archdiocese. [In a letter to Msgr. James, dated June 26, 2014, Archbishop Apuron acknowledged the "corrective action" that had already been undertaken in response to the D & T inquiry, with only one item outstanding - all of which was publicly testified to on August 6 by Misters Art Ilagan and Joe Rivera. So the Archbishop is now calling them liars too.] And Rome told me, “You have to do something, and you have to correct that inequality, if you will, so that you can present an audit report for the finances of the Archdiocese.” [Since when does Archbishop Apuron listen to Rome? Archbishop Balvo, the Vatican's representative to this region from 2005 to 2012, wrote to Archbishop Apuron on two occasions asking Archbishop Apuron to provide the required annual financial statements. None were ever sent.] And we’re working very hard to try to do that, and it will eventually come out in these website. So, continue to pray for that [Again with the prayers after slandering a priest] and they decided to go viral with it, which has caused a lot of embarrassment, especially, you know, the criticisms on my part. [What went viral were the Archbishop's own letters.]

For 28 years as the Archbishop I only sought to do the will of God and to follow whatever commands I receive from Rome. And I’m trying to be obedient. [Really? Is that what he was doing ("trying to be obedient") when he mocked Pope Benedict's 2005 order to conform the neo-communion rite to the liturgical books, a directive he still disregards?] And I really do this out of a good conscience; I don’t do it to be vindictive. I don’t do it really to be mean. [So threats like "resign or face an arduous and painful closure to your assignment" is just normal talk?] But sometimes, you know, when you’re in a position of leadership, and in the Catholic Church the only one that speaks with authority, and full authority, is the Archbishop because I was not even voted in. [No. The Archbishop ONLY speaks with "full authority" to the Catholic faithful in the matter of faith and morals and ONLY when he speaks in union with the Church. When it comes to administrative decrees, the authority of a bishop is not autonomous or autocratic. Archbishop Apuron was reminded of this by Rome when Archbishop Balvo wrote to him in 2012 and told him "the diocesan bishop is not free to do as he pleases."

There’s one parishioner in one parish who asked the pastor, “Can we recall him?” as if he voted me in. It is the Pope who decided to elect me and select me to be the Bishop first in 1984, then an Archbishop in 1986, and it will remain that way until he decides in Rome. And I know that he has been receiving a lot of complaints, you know, especially through the internet and through the blogs and whatnot. [No. The Pope DID NOT "elect" him. Normally a bishop is selected through a local process of identifying candidates, the list of which is sent through the Nuncio and then to Rome to the responsible Vatican congregation. The Pope only gets involved to confirm the selection and is usually the last one to know anything about him. Also, Archbishop Apuron speaks of being made an "Archbishop" as if it was a promotion. It was not. Agana is an Archdiocese so its bishop is automatically an Archbishop. More on this another time.]

And even the Apostolic Delegate who came for a visit here and told the priests and clergy, the deacons, “Don’t listen to the blogs. Don’t go there because many times all they want to do is try to destroy people and cause people a lot of confusion.” [Maybe Archbishop Apuron forgot but we have the recordings of both sessions with Archbishop Krebs with the priests and clergy and he said no such thing. In fact it was Archbishop Apuron who said this. Archbishop Krebs will certainly want to know what words Archbishop Apuron is putting into his mouth.]

So, I just want to say that out so that, you know, it will be clear. Honestly, in my conscience, I sleep every night because I try to do the will of God. This thing has forced me to pray even more. I spend an hour in my chapel praying every morning, and then in the afternoon I try to make the Divine Mercy Hour between 2 and 3, or before that, or shortly after that, because I know that -- and I keep telling the Lord, “This is not my church. It is your church, Lord, but help me because I am troubled.” [What are we to make of a bishop who brags to students of his prayer time?]

But, you know, hopefully these things will go away and in truth -- the truth will come up eventually and you will see the truth. [That's the problem. The truth HAS BEEN COMING OUT. We simply post it here in the Archbishop's own words.] So, please continue to pray and hopefully you’ll not be so troubled but rather try to find peace in your mind. [I don't think the students are troubled at all. Amused perhaps.]

The church is “one”, we’re trying to be one. This kind of a persecution has happened even in the very early days of Christianity. [This is the part that is so tragic. The Archbishop, in trouble because of his own words, is characterizing his troubles to be the same as the Christians who were mauled to death by wild beasts, boiled in oil, torn apart on the rack, roasted on red hot grills, torn with iron hooks, and so on. This is truly tragic.]

Read the Acts of the Apostles, the whole history of the early church has been troubled because the Jews, and then today (___) Jewish God, now the people are coming around saying, “Oh, you have to believe in a Jewish God; you have to believe in the one true God, and in Jesus Christ he became one of us, who came as our savior. Many people still look at  Jesus Christ as Lord their savior. So, please, continue to pray. [I won't even try to figure out that one!]

The Lord be with you. (Final Blessing) [And all this while the students are standing there at the end of Mass waiting for the final blessing.]

It is also significant to point out that since this speech was given at the end of Mass and before the final blessing, there was NO opportunity for the students to have provoked this explanation from the Archbishop or to question it. 

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