AnonymousJanuary 7, 2015 at 9:30 AM
I was born and raised on Guam. I am Chamorro, a former Catholic, and now an atheist. It is never my intention to push my beliefs or lack thereof on anyone. I am writing this post because although my religious beliefs have changed, my respect for my fellow islanders has not.
I didn’t leave the church while I was living on Guam. So it had nothing to do with anything lacking within the archdiocese at the time. Although I should add that I was always disgusted whenever I saw Apuron because he seemed like a show-off. He was all about grabbing attention for himself anywhere and all the time. I’m adding this detail so no one tries to tie my leaving with their opinion of the diocese. I actually left the church years after I moved away.
My family members are part of Guam’s catholic community and it pains me to see their church going through such a fiasco. I was informed recently by a family member that my aunt appears to be depressed since the church scandal came to light, and no longer wants to go to mass. She has NEVER missed mass for no good reason.
My family consists of two sides: Non-neo, and neo. What I can tell you about the two sides of my family is this:
The side NOT in the Neo are genuinely close knit. They are there for each other and know they can rely on one another for support and compassion. No one competes with anyone else within the family on who makes more money, or who is doing better in life. We love each other unconditionally. They don’t need the Neo to solve their problems because they stand strong on their own, and have their faith in Guam’s churches to guide them if need be.
The side with members IN the neo have long been the kind who have to outdo each other in everything, most especially who has the bigger income. They are back stabbers, liars, cheaters (in everything), attention-seekers, thieves, etc. As a matter of fact, some of their criminal ways have made the paper in the past. But they work so hard to keep the world outside of the family home thinking that they are ideal, and without fault. They are also very judgmental about each other and others.
It does not surprise me that they are in the Neo. They are always trying to make people think that they are better than everyone else, and will align themselves with anyone or any organization that makes them feel that way. I have heard that the early members of the Neo on Guam were mostly wealthy folks. This is a magnet for that side of my family. They must be associated with the rich in their "current fad" group so that people will see them as superior.
What I find funny is that the side of my family NOT in the neo are relatives of AAA, and think he is making a fool of himself.
Even though I am no longer a part of the catholic community (and definitely NOT A NEO), I support Guam’s Catholics in standing up for what is right for them. Guam is still my home, and my fellow islanders are still my family. Please don’t give up in your fight against an infiltrator.