Friday, September 26, 2014

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CONCERNED CATHOLICS OF GUAM


Congratulations to the people behind the CONCERNED CATHOLICS OF GUAM July 2, 2014 notice in the Guam Pacific Daily News calling on Archbishop Apuron to be transparent with church finances. Today, the Archdiocese of Agana published on its website: Disclosure of Financial Statements of the Archdiocese of Agana. 

We know this Disclosure NEVER would have happened had Archbishop Apuron not been called out publicly on this matter. We know it never would have happened because of the very public resistance to the request. Instead of simply responding "we're working on it", or "we plan to publish the report soon", the Archdiocese publicly mocked the request from the CONCERNED CATHOLICS by challenging the group to meet:

"The Archdiocese of Agana invites the group known as 'Concerned Catholics of Guam' to meet with the archbishop and the Archdiocesan Finance Council regarding its recent request," the archdiocese stated yesterday. (Dumat-ol Daleno, G. (2014, July 4). Archbishop want to meet with Concerned Catholics. Pacific Daily News - Hagatna, Guam.)
This is also why we find the following statement from the Archdiocese, included in today's posting, particularly funny:
"It is the expressed position of the Archdiocese to be transparent in its financial management to the faithful in the AOA."
If the real position of the Archdiocese was "to be transparent in its financial management to the faithful", there, first, would have been no need for the group to call on the Archbishop to be transparent, and second, there would have been no need to challenge the group to a meeting.

The PDN further reported in the same story:
The group can call the archbishop's executive secretary at 562-0076 to arrange a meeting...(and) "The archdiocese has no further comment at this time." 
Yep. Sure sounds like a commitment "to be transparent", doesn't it. But as long as they're committed to financial transparency, how about some transparency on the status of the title to the property occupied by RMS? Shall we expect that to be forthcoming?

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