Monday, October 13, 2014



Perhaps you could make my anonymous comment below a separate post.

Dear Mrs. Bernie Lastimoza Santo Tomas,

I share your indignation that someone would speculate that you are tied to the Mills letter by supplying information of your Uncle Joe, although I am disappointed that you would lash out at Mr. Rohr as being evil when it was not his comment. But you set the record straight by stating emphatically that you gave no such information about your Uncle Joe Lastimoza. I am glad that you responded to set the record straight and to express your indignation, but I was hoping for something a little more, from a relative and a neocat.

I was hoping that you would speak up on behalf of your Uncle Joe and his family. I was hoping that you say something positive about what he has done to rehabilitate himself after that awful crime he committed some 33 years ago. I was hoping that you would speak out and state emphatically that your Uncle Joe is not a threat to you, your husband, your kids, and the rest of your family, and as far as you know, to anyone else. 

I was hoping that you would speak up and be indignant on how the Mills letter, while true about the crime that your Uncle Joe committed, would be crushing and debilitating on the lives of your Uncle Joe's wife and their two teenage daughters. As a mother, with a daughter and grandchildren, I was hoping that you would speak up on how the Mills letter is particularly devastating on those two girls, your cousins. 

You, your husband, and your son, a Neo seminarian, are heavily involved in the Neo as well as the archbishop, Fr. Pius, vicar general, chancellor, and others, and I was hoping that despite your intimate involvement in the Neo, I was hoping that you would question why the archbishop had to use your Uncle Joe as an excuse or a pawn to fire Fr. Paul, when all the archbishop had to do was to transfer him, which would have been pastoral and humane, and certainly not destructive. 

I was hoping that you would question and condemn how the archbishop maligned and defamed your Uncle Joe and Fr. Paul by intimating that they were engaged in some kind of inappropriate sexual behavior, and how such words coming from our Shepherd of the Church in Guam would be crushing on your Uncle Joe's family. 

I was hoping that you would come out and say that your Uncle Joe has rehabilitated and repented, and that his family's embrace in coming back to Jesus and his beloved Church was a manifestation of that rehabilitation. 

I was hoping that you would say that the crime your Uncle Joe committed was an adult crime, not involving minors or children, and that the hyperbolic and inflammatory statement by the archbishop that your Uncle Joe was a danger to kids (or to anyone else for that matter) was unfounded and merely a way to inflame readers and listeners against Fr. Paul. 

I was hoping that you would be indignant at the callous and abusive use of your Uncle Joe and his family in this evil scheme that the archbishop has perpetrated. I was hoping that you would come out publicly and say to your Uncle Joe, his wife, and two girls: Courage! Do not let the abusive, defamatory, crushing, and pernicious words and actions of others such as the archbishop, vicar general, chancellor, Fr. Pius, and others destroy your faith and hope in our Lord Jesus Christ and his beloved Catholic Church.

 I was hoping that as a family member, a niece, and one who was taught by the Neo to embrace the outcasts, you would defend your Uncle Joe and his family.

And I was hoping that instead of calling Mr. Rohr evil and that you would pray for him (not sure how you can condemn and pray for someone at the same time, unless it was designed to justify in your own mind the condemnation, no matter how unjust), I was hoping you would have said that you would pray for your Uncle Joe, his wife, and two girls. If anyone that has been truly destroyed and devastated from the illegal, unscrupulous, and brutal actions of the archbishop and his cohorts, it is your Uncle Joe and his family. Let us all pray for them.

Courage! God loves you.

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