So the Bully of San Ramon is saying he is filing a defamation lawsuit to "defend the Church"? The Church? Defend the Church? What?
You are not the Church, Archbishop Apuron. We are the Church. Defend yourself if you want, but don't hide behind the Church like a coward. But then again, we expect such cowardice from you given what we have seen from you over this last year and a half.
And sue? You?
You, the person who insinuated a homosexual relationship between Fr. Paul and Joseph Lastimoza. You, who accused Fr. Paul of building a stairway to his second floor room to facilitate drunken midnight homosexual trysts when he neither built the stairway or had drunken midnight trysts. You are going to file a defamation suit? (Read it here. Listen to it here.)
You? You the person who drug Joseph Lastimoza and his family into the dirt and falsely made him out to be a child molester and a danger to parishioners when 13 years previously you permitted him to fulfill the condition of his parole in the same parish? You are going to file a defamation suit?
You? You the person who cowardly bad-mouthed me to the Grand Master of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher? You are going to file a defamation suit? (Here, here, here, and here.)
You? You the person who lied to us for 15 years about the true nature of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary, saying it was a seminary for Guam when it really was only a seminary for the Neocatechumenal Way. And YOU are going to file a defamation suit? Do you know how many people could and may sue you to get their money back?
You? You the person who lied to Aaron Quitugua about why you would not sponsor him to attend a "normal" seminary? You are going to file a defamation suit?
You? You are going to file a defamation suit when you thought NOTHING of defaming Msgr. James to the press and in front of the whole FD student body? You are going to file a defamation suit?
You? You who hid Fr. Wadeson's record from us and from the Archdiocese of San Francisco and now hide Wadeson himself? You are going to file a defamation suit? (Here)
Now let's take a look at your response to those allegations:
"...it is a horrible calumny and I am obliged to defend not my person but the church. On the advice of legal counsel I will not answer any questions. However defending the church compels me to a suit for defamation; any damages that I receive I will not keep for myself, but will be given to the charitable causes of our church."
"I have dedicated my life to spread the Catholic faith through my words and actions. It has been my sincere effort to urge strict respect for the teaching of our Catholic faith by leading the Church through prayer, and by example in my own behavior. I trust that the members of our Guam Catholic family who have observed my actions and leadership for the last thirty years will know in their hearts and spirits that these allegations are false."
Hmmm. Why not just say that you are innocent? Why not just say that the allegations are false? Why say that you "trust" that Guam's Catholics "will know in their hearts and spirits that these allegations are false?" Is it because you can't say they are false? Is it because you can't say you are innocent? Your words, Archbishop, not mine.
By the way, it seems that the person who wrote Wadeson's statement is the same person who wrote yours. He called the allegations against him a "calumny". He said he would sue. He said he'd give the money to charity. And just like you, he did not say he was innocent or that the charges were false. He said there was "no evidence" for them.
And "leading the Church...by example"?? Really? How does threatening a man with an "arduous and painful closure" to his assignment if he does not acquiesce to your bullying fit with "leading the Church" by example? Those words are PHYSICALLY THREATENING, and it is only because of the goodness of Fr. Paul that you weren't sued already. (Maybe he'll do it now.)
But you are right about one thing, Archbishop, the Guam Catholic family has indeed "observed (your) actions and (lack of) leadership for the last thirty years", and we do in fact know something in our hearts and spirits. We know that you, the Bully of San Ramon, will lie, calumniate, bully, defame, and slander anyone who doesn't bow down to Your Emperorship.
And now that you are going to sue, all of that will come out when you get deposed. There are so many lawyers here who would love a chance to put you on the stand. You just gave them one. Oh, and thanks once again for showing us what you learn in the Neocatechumenal Way.
What a terribly pathetic coda to an already ended episcopate.