Saturday, March 14, 2015

PAT COTTMAN: ARCHBISHOP APURON IS A FAILURE


In Pat Cottman's headline article in this week's U Matuna (03/15/15), we find the real reason the Neocatechumenal Way is on Guam: Archbishop Apuron is a failure.

And here it is, in the words of Pat Cottman:
"They (the neocat missionaries) are fathers, mothers and children who felt called to leave home and establish themselves in areas where Jesus Christ and his Gospel have not yet found roots in the local culture or where Christianity is not as vibrant as before." - Pat Cottman, U Matuna, 03/15/15


So, Ms. Cottman, can you tell us what happened to the vibrant Catholic Church Archbishop Flores and four centuries of courageous Catholic leaders left to Archbishop Apuron in 1986?


Can you tell us what happened in the nearly three decades Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, D.D., Ofm. Cap., Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Agana, Guam has had to lead this archdiocese?

You can't? Okay, allow me:

• Under Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, D.D., Ofm. Cap., Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Agana, Guam, the abortion industry found a welcome home in the Archdiocese of Agana, the easiest place in the nation to get an abortion. (1)

• Under Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, D.D., Ofm. Cap., Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Agana, Guam, Guam became the divorce capital of the world, averaging more divorces per capita than second place Russia. (2)

• Under Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, D.D., Ofm. Cap., Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Agana, Guam, non-Catholic "churches" proliferated from only a handful in 1986 to more than 60 today. (3)

• Under Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, D.D., Ofm. Cap. Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Agana, Guam, Guam's suicide rate exploded to 1.2 time the national average and to number 14 in the world. (4)

• Under Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, D.D., Ofm. Cap. Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Agana, Guam, Guam's out of wedlock birth rate zoomed to a 20% higher rate than the rest of the nation.  (5)

• Under Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, D.D., Ofm. Cap. Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Agana, Guam, Guam's teen birthrate has climbed to double the national average. (6)

• Under Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, D.D., Ofm. Cap. Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Agana, Guam's rape rate has ascended to an incredible 94.4 rapes per 100,000 population which is triple the national average. (7)

• Under Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, D.D., Ofm. Cap. Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Agana, Guam, Guam's child abuse rate is now double the national average.

The argument will be that there are similar trends everywhere. Maybe, but nowhere was there a more vibrant Catholic Church - toughened and deepened by centuries of real and extreme suffering and sacrifice (not your phony "persecutions")- than there was on the island of Guam.

And under Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, D.D., Ofm. Cap. Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Agana, Guam, that Catholic Church went from one of the most vibrant devout Catholic cultures in the world to number one in almost all of society's ills. 

And Archbishop Apuron's solution to all of this?

Import the neocats who degrade and impugn the Catholic practices that once made Guam a Catholic stronghold. And oh yes, take our money and go on lots of trips with his presbyter-pets. But hey, he kept the casinos out. So he can't even blame the moral collapse of Guam on gambling. 

"As the church goes so goes the world." And as the church leadership on Guam has gone, so has Guam gone.

But let's not just blame poor Archbishop Apuron. Of 20 of those 30 years he has been the Archbishop of Guam, a certain Fr. Pius and a certain Pat Cottman have been running this archdiocese - or more precisely, running the Archbishop. 

Pius and Cottman are the "neocatechumenal responsible team" for Guam. So yep, probably more than Apuron himself - who only obeys them, THEY are more "responsible" for the moral destruction of this island and the collapse of the Catholic Church than Apuron is. 

Ms. Cottman, take Pius and go! before the people rise up and throw you out like they did to Mr. Bordallo last week. Go find some place else to destroy and let us put ourselves back together. Oh, and give us back our hotel on your way out. 

Footnotes

(1) Until 2008 when the Esperansa Project began pushing for pro-life legislation, Guam had NO legal protections for the unborn, making it the most dangerous place in the nation for the unborn and their mothers. Since 2008 the number of abortions reported annually on Guam has fallen from 327 to 209. However, the number of abortions on women identifying themselves as Chamorro has risen from 60% to 73% of all abortions (2014 Abortion Report)

(2) Guam has the highest divorce rate in the world (4.7 divorces per 1000 population, 2010 Guam Statistical Yearbook vs Russia 4.5 per 1000, 2011 United Nations Demographic Yearbook. Guam began permitting no-fault divorce in 1997 with no objection from the Catholic Church.)

(3) Guam Phone Book

(4) World Health Organization and A Profile of Suicide on Guam, September 2011

(5) Guam has a 20% higher out of wedlock birth rate (60%) compared to the rest of the nation (40.8%, CDC 2010) Note: Guam stopped reporting “illegitimate” births in 2005. 60% is based on the average between 2000 and 2005).

(6) Guam Pacific Daily News, 6/25/13

(7) Guam’s rape rate is 94.4 per 100,000 (2011 Yearbook: 151 reported rapes). This is nearly triple the national average of 29.8. (U.S. Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012, Table 314)

(8) Guam child maltreatment rate of 76.81 per 1000 children based on 2012 CPS report and 2010 census vs 41.2 per 1000 children national average as per Table 3-2, Child Maltreatment 2011, Children’s Bureau, U.S. DPHHS

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