Sunday, November 30, 2014
JOHN TOVES RESPONDS TO REUEL DRILON
This is an email from John Toves which was sent earlier today to members of the media and Archbishop Apuron:
I WILL TELL YOU WHY NOW, AND WHY THIS WAY
Mr. Drilon - answer me this: How long would you wait while someone has broken into your house and is stealing all your belongings, and proceeds to harm your wife and children! Would you wait until the authorities arrive? Would you hide in the basement as you hear the screams of your family? Would you wait on the line with the dispatcher while they fumble through questions and you fumble through answers when you know they are being harmed? Would you only surface when the authorities have arrived and it is then safe for you to do so?
I, regrettably, did wait. I followed my Chamorro instincts. My relative's family will deal with this, I thought. I should not meddle in their private affairs. If they need help, they will ask. I did not want them to be embarrassed or my family to be embarrassed.
It took all this time for me to clearly recognize the extent of the damage this "thief" had caused and was being permitted to continue to cause to my relatives, friends, island, and the Church I love so dearly! Others had "dialed #911", but there did not seem to be any response. I had "dialed #911" and did not get any response. I am still waiting for Deacon Larry Claros to contact me regarding my formal complaint sent to "all authorities". In frustration, I did contact two catholic media organizations, and guess what they advised? "Leave it to the proper channels within the church to investigate the matter." I recalled my studies in "Corporate Organizational Models" and confirmed to myself that the church's communication structure and decision-making process are not the most efficient, and realized the "thief" will have absconded never to be caught.
I, Mr. Drilon, have grown on the mainland to act counter to my Chamorro instincts, though I find it very hard at times not to give in to them. As I followed the news of the church on the island, I concluded enough was enough! - And, here I am with you. You ask us like many have asked us to SUFFER IN SILENCE. - WE WILL NOT! You say "leave it to the church". - Mr. Drilon, WE ARE THE CHURCH, CHRIST IS IN US, THE HOLY SPIRIT IS IN US, THE FATHER IS IN US! WE are the Church and WE WILL NOT STAY SILENT!
Many statistics reveal that the majority of crimes against humanity do not find justice. THIS ONE WILL!!!
I apologize to my island for having waited this long and I hope I am forgiven! But I will be right alongside my fellow islanders until "this thief" is brought to justice! You see, Mr. Drilon, we have the mightiest of tools on our side - We Have Our Faith!
John C. Toves