Cardinal Fernando Filoni
Prefect for The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples
Piazza di Spagna, 48-00187
March 31, 2015
I am not writing this because I believe this letter will cause you to do anything. I am writing this to establish a record of communications that may soon be needed to show how we reached out to you before our archdiocese is sued.
It is said that you are a neo-sympathizer. Fine. Sympathize all you want. But neo-sympathies in Rome are propping up a serious psycho-sexual problem in our archdiocese that will lead to millions of dollars in lawsuits, the likes of which we have seen in other dioceses around the world.
We believe the root of this strange sexual problem can be attributed to the mysterious formation of men at Guam's Redemptoris Mater Seminary. Already it has given us a priest who speaks of sucking girls like oranges in front of the exposed Blessed Sacrament, and another priest, not even ordained two years, who was reportedly found by police doing exactly that with a minor female parishioner.
These are just two incidents we can document, but there are many incidents which we can't document of noticeable unhealthy sexual behavior and talk (even during our Masses) exhibited by both the residents and the products of Guam's Redemptoris Mater Seminary.
And should we be surprised? A priest twice accused for the sexual molestation of minors and banned from the Los Angeles Archdiocese was made their "formator". He was released in 2014 after we drew attention to his record, a record our Archbishop was fully aware of since he was incardinated in Guam in 2004.
And now we have a bigger problem, our Archbishop has taken to hiding both the priest caught with the minor and the former formator.
In the case of the priest and the minor, we were told that there would be a canonical investigation, but our sources tell us that there is none and it is now going on three weeks since the incident, with the whereabouts of said priest a mystery (though he has been spotted on the neighboring island of Saipan and is alleged to be staying with his uncle, Bishop Tomas Camacho).
And in the case of the former formator, apparently our Archbishop believed the charges to be serious enough to relieve him from ministry, but not serious enough to advise us of his whereabouts or to warn the bishop of whatever diocese he sent him to.
As you know, Your Eminence, it wasn't just the bad-boy priests who cost Catholics around the world millions of dollars in lawsuits, it was the bishops who hid them and shuffled them around and played the silent game with their congregations.
In 1977 I went with my father to the chancery office of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to report the sexual misconduct (and misuse of parish funds) of our own pastor. We were told to go away. Thirty years later the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles were made to pay over half a billion dollars in damages with more lawsuits to come.
So let it be known, that as of the date of this letter, as Prefect for the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the Vatican Congregation which oversees the Archdiocese of Agana, Guam, you were made aware of the real cost of propping up this Archbishop and the machinations of his neo-catechist, Fr. Pius Sammut whose fetish for public and detailed confessions of sexual sins we believe is a major part of the problem, a fetish which will soon become better known now that there are people willing to speak despite the fear he has imposed on them.
Lastly, we already know that there is a plan afoot to "mollify the natives": make peace with the two pastors publicly abused by our Archbishop, and maybe even give the seminary property back. But neither of these will protect the Catholics of Guam from being sued as so many other dioceses have been sued if this Archbishop is permitted to continue to ordain malformed and un-vetted clerics from the Redemptoris Mater Seminary.
Tim Rohr and many other Catholics of the Archdiocese of Agana
P.S. Archbishop Apuron has been heard to say "no one can get me", meaning even you. However, he also knows that there is one way to "get him", and that would be if there was "something personal". Rather than wait for "something personal" to blow up in the press, may I suggest you just ask him yourself. He might actually tell you the truth.
P.P.S. I know you do not like my tactics, my going public with these concerns. Too bad there was no internet back in 1977. The people of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles may have been spared decades of torment and millions of dollars.