Wednesday, August 27, 2014


"The catechetical tradition also recalls that there are "sins that cry to heaven": the blood of Abel, The sin of the Sodomites, The cry of the people oppressed in Egypt, The cry of the foreigner,  the widow, and the orphan, injustice to the wage earner." - Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 1867

"Behold, the wages you withheld from the workers who harvested your fields are crying aloud, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.  James 5:4

"All payroll checks issued for the pay period ending on Saturday, August 1, 2014, shall not be released until the Employee has acknowledged notification of this policy…”  - Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron & Msgr. David C. Quitugua


  1. But your honor Pilate said What I have written I have written...

  2. This is to make sure people have limited access to financial reports and to ensure that no one tells how that funds are now being spent on questionable things like funds transfer to the Archbishop, "stipends",etc....In a previous post to this blog, an "audit" is going to be done to support the allegations of the AAA of mismanagement. it seems to be that this is one of the steps to ensure that this new "audit: support this claim.

    They understand the risk of this action, however by the time people take them to court, the AAA and team would be able to release the "new financial report"...

    All the action of this New Administration are questionable...

    1. An audit by the IRS will reveal anything questionable. It would be very damaging if findings reveal that withholding taxes from employees are not being forwarded to the government.

  3. I'm glad we don't work for them. Unbelievable show of arrogance and dictatorship. Ai Adai better hire A good labor law lawyer and take these guys to court! No one is above the law!

  4. This is an injustice. Churches operating in US soil has to abide by federal statutes with regards to equal opportunity, civil rights, etc.

    Even the staff at Division of Pastoral Ministry is aware of this, right Sister Marian, Fr. Mike and Dea. Larry?

  5. These types of changes on conditions of employment cannot be made retroactive. The payroll checks for pay period ending August 1, 2014 represent wages already earned, and must be released on their regular pay days. It's this type of unilateral management action that seeds union growth, which is probably not a bad idea considering the present state of employees of the Archdiocese, including teachers..

    1. No worries. Today I made a complaint with the US Dept of Labor Wage & Hour Division on Guam. If employees have not been paid, the US DOL will begin an investigation. I am following up with US DOL tomorrow. If any supporters of the archbishop read this post, give him a heads up before the feds come knocking on his door. All he has to do is give current employees and any ex-employees, the pay he owes them--simple.
      If anyone wants to know, I made the complaint using my name. Anonymity is not my style.
      Eileen Benavente-Blas

  6. Janet B - MangilaoAugust 27, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Right on, Gerald Taitano. I used to belong to the union when I was working way back when, and they would never let this happen. These are wages earned and there is no legal way for them to withhold this payment pending your decision to sign this form or not.

    First, you should go straight to the Dept of Labor and file a formal complaint. And do it on Company time.

    Second, there are quite a few unions operating on Guam, all Archdiocese employees should petition for representation. That is the only assurance that you will not be treated with the same contempt as Fr Paul, and Monsignor James. This will provide you with protection against unfairness, and provide for better benefits and wages, because you KNOW you are underpaid. A friend of mine works at a parish and she told me, it's ok, it is my ministry, so I don't mind making less than $3.50 per hour. That's baloney. Archbishop Tony works for the Church, that is HIS ministry, and he makes an estimated $100 per hour. Teachers and admin staff deserve living wages, at least that is what Church teaching says.

    Third, get a good labor lawyer and sue the socks off these fools. It is maybe the only way that Rome will take note, when the Church starts to run into legal problems beyond Canon Law. It is the only thing that got them to act on Sex Abuse.

    All employees of the Archdiocese, time to unionize and unite. The Mother Church fully supports labor unions! Justice is yours to vote for.


  7. Human Rights Abuses .

  8. Janet B - MangilaoAugust 27, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Aside from the serious nature of the Chancery's attempt to rewrite local and federal labor law, once you get past the anger of where our Church has gone to, one must stop and see the humor in all this mess.

    Tony, David the JCD, and Adrian are ill equipped to run any business, even a simple nickel lemonade stand. And they are in charge of the biggest orgasnization on Guam. Unfortunately, they have fired or alienated all their top advisers who were able to keep things together. They are like a ship without a rudder, floating aimlessly, adrift to the tides, and where ever the wind blows.

    Unfortunately for them, the wind they have attached themselves to is the destructive Spanish wind called NCW. A kiko-nado of sorts. Every time they try to do something, these hapless fools seem to find a pile of doo-doo to step into. St Paul was shipwrecked several times, but these guys have so many shipwrecks to their recent history. San Ramon Hill is starting to look like the Pacific version of the Bermuda Triangle. These hapless sailors find more creative ways to play the village idiots, that we are constantly left wondering...

    If we really wanted to profit off this, some one should invite Hollywood to Guam, and film a reality TV series about the church leaders on Guam. Tony, David the JCD and Adrian make the Duck Dynasty family look normal.

    Anybody have connections in the TV industry?

    1. I laughed so hard when I read this! Great view on these poor excuse for a Priest. They should look in the mirror ananda ask themselves, was it worth it????
      Guam will never been the same. Stories and jokes will be written about these guys including Pius. What a bad example they are setting for our children! They have to be stopped.

    2. In defense of The Duck Dynasty, they are a loving and close-knit family. Phil would never treat his family members or employees the way the archbishop has treated Fr. Paul, Msgr. James, and the Filipino priests who left because he didn't do what he "asked" them to do. Nor would Phil coerce his employees to sign a confidentiality document by holding their paychecks hostage.

      Eileen Benavente- Blas

  9. Need to file a labor case today.

  10. i don't like invoking this passage on anyone, but i can't help it in this case. the takeaway: sin makes you stupid.

    "They became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools." —Romans 1:21-22

    actually, i recommend reading and reflecting on that section (especially verses 18-32) of st paul's letter to the romans. when we turn ourselves to things that are not God, the consequences are rather obvious.

  11. Yes. All employees of the Archdiocese need to come together to Unionize. There are other Dioceses that ard unionized and this should also be part of the labor complaint. The Church has lots of money but dont pay their teachers and staff a just wage. Treat tge worker with dignity and respect. Please file with US Department of Labor because Guam Labor always forwards it to Hawaii or California. Guam Labor does nothing with tge forms you fill out.


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