Wednesday, February 25, 2015


It's time to talk frankly about the use of the JP2 seminarians to solicit support for the Appeal.

There is no doubt that each of these men are sincere in their desire to be ordained diocesan priests for the Archdiocese of Agana.

However, their sincerity does not turn the institution that purports to train them for the priesthood into a credible institution, nor does the sincerity of those who support their vocations.

None of us would send our son or daughter to an institution of higher learning without having some evidence that the institution is in fact what it purports itself to be. 

This is all we are asking.

The Blessed Diego Institute's only claim to academic credibility is its affiliation with the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. The affiliation was originally granted on June 05, 2007. The letter from the Lateran acknowledging the affiliation is posted on the BDI website.

In 2012, the affiliation was supposedly renewed. I say supposedly because there is no document posted on the BDI website documenting that renewal. 

Also, in December of 2013, Bishop Enrico dal Covolo, SDB, rector of the Lateran, visited BDI. The full nature of the visit was never disclosed, but we would have to presume that it had to do with the status of the affiliation. 

At the very least, all we are asking for is the documentation of the 2012 renewal of the affiliation with the Lateran. 

Sadly, if we have learned one thing over these last two years, it is that we cannot trust Archbishop Apuron to tell us the truth. So we must demand documentation. 

If BDI is capable of posting the original documentation of the affiliation on its website, it certainly is capable of posting a copy of the renewal of that affiliation. 

But it hasn't. 

And until it does we should withhold our contributions no matter who asks for them. Because if the people at BDI are lying to us about the affiliation with the Lateran, why are we even permitting them to teach our sons?

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