Having tried to discredit Fr. Paul by publicly re-condemning and punishing Mr. Lastimoza, Archbishop Apuron is now trying to make himself the victim in the Gofigan case by casting himself as the bleeding-heart father in the parable of the prodigal son by telling people "if only he would have come to me" (instead of filing an appeal with Rome), and then telling people that "it's out of my hands...it's in the hands of Rome."
Archbishop, I sincerely believe that your advisors failed to present to you all the facts necessary to make such a grave decision, and, in the interest of ecclesial communion and to prevent further disruption, harm, and damage being inflicted by this unjustified and illegal proceeding against the Santa Barbara parish, my family, and me, I implore you to relent and cease those proceedings immediately.
In my letter of July 22nd, I have asked for the revocation of the decree removing me from my office as pastor…I am now proposing the recourse to the author of the decree in accordance with C. 1734.1. In accordance with C. 1738, I am appointing Father Adolfo N. Dacanay, S.J. as my advocate. The recursus and the formal papers will be submitted in 10 days.
I am responding to your recent letter of July 28, 2013, in which you have stated that you are “proposing the recourse to the author of the decree…noting that in your letter of July 22, 2013, you had “asked for the revocation of the decree removing [you] from [your] office as pastor.” In response, it must first of all be noted that the letter sent to you by Archbishop Anthony on July 16, 2013…was not a decree of removal from the office of pastor as you have claimed. Rather, this letter was…to”persuade the pastor to resign within fifteen days….” Since no decree has, in fact, yet been issued removing you from the office of pastor of Santa Barbara Church, there is no basis in law for the proposal of a recourse by you…”