Tuesday, January 6, 2015

RMS. THE FINAL CHAPTER. THANKS FOR CRAPPING ON US.

Dear Apostolic Visitors, 

Please pay close attention to the following:

On December 6, 2011, the Archdiocesan Finance Council (AFC: Richard J. Untalan, Joseph E. Rivera, Msgr. James Benavente, Sister Stephen Torres, and Msgr. David C. Quitugua) was scheduled to have a meeting.

They never met. In fact, they were never to meet again. 

On the agenda for December 6 was Item #5. 

Item #5 was to be another discussion about Archbishop Apuron's wish to assign the title or control of the Yona Property (the old Accion Hotel) to the Redemptoris Mater Seminary (RMS).

An earlier request to transfer the title to RMS had already been denied by 4 of the 5 members of the AFC, with Msgr. Quitugua, the Vicar General and a member of the Neocatechumenal Way, being the only one in favor. 

The problem was that Articles IX & X of the RMS Articles of Incorporation placed 75% of the control of the seminary in the hands of people outside the Archdiocese of Agana and inside high levels of the Neocatechumenal Way.

And, as the archdiocesan legal counsel would later opine, assigning the title or giving control of the property to RMS in any way, could pave the way for these stateside-based members of the neocatechumenal hierarchy to eventually lay claim to an asset valued between 40 and 75 million dollars. *

Upon hearing of the agenda a few days before the meeting, Archbishop Apuron, who was off-island at the time, wrote to instruct Mr. Untalan to take Item #5 off the agenda. Mr. Untalan complied.

However, even though Mr. Untalan had complied and removed Item 5, the Vicar General, Msgr. David C. Quitugua, on the morning of December 6, 2011, the day the AFC was to meet, sent an email to Mr. Untalan accusing him and the other members of the AFC as follows:
To deny the Archbishop this right (being present for the scheduled discussion), on the one hand, breaks communion with him and, on the other hand, represents a "vulnus" towards the Archbishop insinuating a form of disrespect towards his person. 
Later that day, Archbishop Apuron sent a separate email to Mr. Untalan wherein he berated Mr. Untalan, saying he was "appalled" at Mr. Untalan's disobedience and demanding that the issue was not to"be discussed until I come home", and to "stop this nonsense."

Mr. Untalan, who had served the archbishop faithfully for many years, did not understand the viciousness of Archbishop Apuron's email and responded: "I am deeply hurt that you would accuse me of disobeying you and that I was creating nonsense..." 

Remember, all this happened on December 6, 2011. 

And now we see the incredible LIE that all this was.

All this berating and threatening by the Archbishop and the Vicar General of Mr. Untalan. All this saying that the issue was not to be discussed "until I come home". All this bull-crap from the Vicar General about their meeting being a "vulnus" against the bishop.

It was all an incredible lie and pure evil that was dumped on Mr. Untalan, because on November 22, 2011, two weeks before their mutual berating and bullying of Mr. Untalan, and unbeknownst to Mr. Untalan...

Archbishop Apuron had already assigned the old Accion Hotel property to RMS. 

In a DECREE OF DESIGNATION, notarized on November 22, 2011 and recorded at Land Management the same day, Archbishop Apuron decreed the following:
I DECREE TO DESIGNATE, ASSIGN, EARMARK AND OTHERWISE SET ASIDE THE PROPERTY SITUATED AT 130 CHALAN SEMINARIU IN YLIG BAY, YONA, GUAM - its legal description, as set forth fully below and incorporated herewith by this reference - TO THE REDEMPTORIS MATER ARCHDIOCESAN MISSIONARY SEMINARY OF GUAM, A NON-PROFT CORPORATION WITH THE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER #66-0626432, IN PERPETUAL USE AS A SEE OF THE REDEMPTORIS MATER ARCHDIOCESAN MISSIONARY SEMINARY OF GUAM AND FOR THE BLESSED DIEGO LUIS DE SAN VITORES CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF OCEANIA. 

Note that Archbishop Apuron gives control of the 40 to 75 million dollar property to an entity controlled by the leadership of the Neocatechumenal Way for PERPETUAL USE. This means that the Archdiocese of Agana, that's us, has lost this valuable asset forever. 

Even though the title remains under the Archdiocese of Agana, it can never be used for anything other than a seminary for the Neocatechumenal Way. And not only can it never be used for anything else, but because control of the property is assigned "in perpetuity" to a corporate entity which is NOT the Archdiocese of Agana, it can never be used even as collateral or accounted among the archdiocese's assets. 

So while schools struggle to stay open and churches have to do bake sales to fix leaky roofs and Msgr. James gets dragged through the mud for owing a few bucks on a loan, Archbishop Apuron hands over a deca-million dollar portion of our patrimony to his neo-masters for-freaking-ever and for-freaking-NOTHING.

Thank you, Archbishop Apuron and Msgr. David C. Quitugua. 
Thank you for crapping on us. 

On January 11, 2012,  Mr. Untalan and the other three members of the AFC who opposed the transfer (or assignment) of the property (Msgr. James Benavente, Joseph E. Rivera, and Sr. Stephen Torres), received a letter from the Arch-Deceiver, terminating their positions on the AFC. 

Thank you Richard J. Untalan, Msgr. James Benavente, Joseph E. Rivera, and Sister Stephen. Thank you for standing up to this evil though it resulted in false accusations against you and dirty, ugly remarks from the Archbishop and his Vicar General. Thank you for doing what was right. 

For Joseph Rivera and Richard Untalan, it was simply back to their private sector lives and on with work and life. For Sister Stephen, it was simply a quiet return to her convent and life as a nun. But for Msgr. James Benavente, the HELL for his opposition to Apuron's evil betrayal was just beginning.

And on July 25, 2014, it would come. 

And so our dear Visitors, today's news story in the Pacific Daily News says: Vatican officials to hear concerns.

Will you? Will you hear our concerns? Will you take us seriously? Because if you will not hear them, if you will not HEAR US, then you will READ about them in the papers for a long time to come. 

* On November 27, 2011, the archdiocesan legal counsel, not knowing himself that control of the property had already been deeded away, opined to the AFC: "...'alienation' and 'assignment' are words of distinction without a difference. Any documents containing these words would place a huge cloud on title to real property which would result in a protracted litigation and prohibitive cost to remove such cloud. Do you really want to risk title to the property conservatively valued at 75 million dollars?" 

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