Sunday, August 10, 2014

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND WHO APPOINTS THEM


In response to Ric Eusebio's letter in the PDN wherein he mentions that he is a member of the board of directors at Redemptoris Mater Seminary, I was asked about the identities of the other board members. 

Here is my response:

The 2002 copy of the RMS Articles of Incorporation show the following names listed under Board of Directors:

  • Fr. Ramond LaBranche
  • Fr. Pius Sammut
  • Shawn Leon-Guerrero
  • Edward Untalan
  • Ricardo Eusebio, M.D.

Guam law requires all corporations, profit or not, to file an annual corporate report showing the current board of directors. There is no record in the file at Rev & Tax of any annual report being filed. So we do not know who is on the current board at this time. 

Article IV of the By Laws states who appoints the members of the board:
“The board shall be appointed by the Archbishop of Agana among those persons chosen by the Archbishop and, in what concerns the Neocatechumenal Way, from those indicated by the team responsible of the aforementioned Neocatechumenal Way for the U.S.”
It appears that the Archbishop appoints the members of the board, but the key phrase is “in what concerns the Neocatechumenal Way”. Article III of the Articles of Incorporation state that the there is no other function of the seminary than “what concerns the Neocatechumenal Way": 
“The purpose of the Corporation shall be to establish and conduct a House of formation to prepare men for the priesthood for the new evangelization following the life and practice of the Neocatechumenal Way.”
Thus, according to Article IV of the By Laws, it is the “team responsible” for the Neocatechumenal Way in the U.S. which appoints the board. And who is that team? Giuseppe and Claudia Gennarini from New Jersey whose immediate superior is Kiko Arguello

So while RMS is a “corporation sole” with the Archbishop as its sole member, when you dig, you see clever language that has given all the power and control, even control over who enters the seminary and who becomes a priest, directly to Kiko via the Gennarini’s, as detailed here.

This is why we OPPOSE the Neocatechumenal Way on Guam. We do not oppose individual experiences of it, the repaired marriages, the getting off drugs, the change of lives, etc. We oppose the underlying takeover of this archdiocese and the complete control of its archbishop by its international leadership for which all the “good” of the Neocatechumenal Way is merely a useful facade.

We were told in the beginning that RMS was a "Miracle for Guam". We now see that it was NOT for Guam, that Guam was merely as convenient base of operations with a useful bishop, and what was until now, a duped Catholic population. NO MORE. 

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