KUAM: According to Father Adrian Cristobal Archbishop Anthony Apuron had and still has every intention of meeting with Fathers Tom McGrath, Jeff San Nicolas, Mike Crisostomo, Patrick Castro and Gus Gumataotao. The five priests as we reported wrote a letter to the archbishop dated August 4th.
KUAM: According to Father Cristobal however, he tells KUAM today that the archbishop explained in detail the serious situation that the archdiocese found itself to the Presbyteral Council during that july 25th meeting and he told the council clearly that he was going to take action.
In fact, the archbishop himself in a letter dated June 26, 2014 addressed to Monsignor James, a mere 6 weeks ago, acknowledged that much corrective action has been accomplished. In that letter, the archbishop, based on the recommendations of Deloitte & Touche, instructed Monsignor James to have the Financial statements ending June 30, 2014 ready to be submitted by August 15, 2014. As we all know, Monsignor Benavente was never given that opportunity, as he was removed on July 31, 2014.
Based on our review of the financial position of both the Cathedral Basilica and the Catholic cemeteries, it is our professional opinion that the allegation of financial mismanagement was not supported by the facts and perhaps there were other underlying reasons for Monsignor Benavente’s removal from both of these entities.