KUAM is reporting today that Archbishop Apuron has restored Fr. John Wadeson to ministry in the Archdiocese of Agana after an investigation by the Los Angeles Archdiocese concluded that "there is no reason to preclude Father Wadeson from serving in priestly ministry."
Congratulations, Fr. Wadeson, and you're welcome. It appears you took my advice when I wrote on July 25, 2014:
Now, get down to business, clear your name with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and publish the record exonerating you of all charges.
Here, let me copy the whole post for you, just in case you forgot that I was about the only person on Guam sticking up for you after your bishop threw you under the bus:
Not only am I the only person publicly saying that the charges against you in L.A. are false - even as your Archbishop threw you under the bus and then ran for cover - I am going to hereby defend your right to our material support of you, despite your threat to sue us.As you can see in the many recent comments, people are calling for you to be cut off from the land of the living financially. I am here to say that no matter how egregious your transgressions may or may not be, no matter what your status is relative to your faculties or "active ministry", as a priest incardinated in this archdiocese, you have the right the material support of your well-being: your stipend, your medical care, your food, clothing, and shelter and whatever else is normally required of a bishop for the material support of his priests.I call on the Archbishop to continue to see to the care of both your material and spiritual well-being even though he gave no thought of either in kicking Fr. Paul out into the street a year ago. Even though he threatened priests not friendly to your Neocatechumenal Way with the next thing to deportation. Even though you accuse us of vicious lies. And even though you threaten to sue us with the money we collect and hand over to the Archbishop for your support. Yes, Fr. Wadeson, even though.Now, get down to business, clear your name with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and publish the record exonerating you of all charges.
And while we're at it, here's a few other things I said:
There was no court case brought against Fr. Wadeson and he may in fact be innocent of any charges. If that is the case, Archbishop Apuron should clear the cloud of scandal and state that this is the case.
Sadly, Fr. Wadeson may be wrongly accused. I personally have always thought so. However, these were questions that were never answered. And now they are being asked. Let this be a lesson to all who work with and for Archbishop Apuron.
Wadeson is not the issue. Nor is he the danger.
He (Apuron) should be defending Wadeson. He should be making the case that the charges "were never substantiated" and that he has personally deemed Wadeson to be innocent and in good standing. But Apuron is NOT doing this. Apuron is throwing Wadeson under the bus.
I publicly stated that I believed you were innocent of those charges and that there were all kinds of false allegations in Los Angeles in those days. In fact, Wadeson, I was in Los Angeles at the same time as you, and only a few miles away. Our high schools were in the same league. Yours: Verbum Dei. Mine: Bishop Amat. I could go on about what I saw in Los Angeles in those days. But I'll save it...The truth is the Archbishop threw you under the bus when things got hot. If he believed you were innocent then he should have fought for you.
Wadeson, here's a note of advice. If you are innocent of the charges leveled at you in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, then why don't you work to clear your name? The report says that several priests on the same list have already had their names cleared and charges dropped. Have you even tried? Or did you think you could just disappear into the Neocatechumenal Way and hide away in Guam? Fr. Wadeson. Go to Los Angeles. Walk into the chancery office. And challenge those charges. Get your name off that list. Get a document from LA saying that you have been cleared. Post it for the world to see. So that maybe next time you won't have to "leave the country."
So, Fr. Wadeson, it appears that you did exactly as I said to do. What took you so long? Why did you not attempt to clear your name the minute it showed up on that list in 2004? If my name appeared on any such list and I was innocent, I wouldn't have wasted a minute. Yet, you let eleven years go by. Why? Is it because you felt safe under the wings of Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron and the Neocatechumenal Way?
And speaking of Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron, it was HIS duty to demand the investigation IMMEDIATELY when your name was first published by the Los Angeles Archdiocese in 2004, alleging two credible instances of sexually abusing minors.
The fact, that you finally got your name off that list DOES NOT exonerate Archbishop Apuron for NOT doing what he was supposed to do eleven years ago. In fact, HOW MANY OTHER instances of sexual misconduct might we learn about from the unvetted neo-hordes he imports to Guam?
Something very disturbing
But that aside, there is still something very disturbing about this whole issue. And that is NOT ONCE have you ever said you were innocent. Here's what you said:
"I was never inquired nor condemned and this accusation is a calumny. The investigation made into that allegation concluded that it was without foundation..." - Pacific Daily News, Voice of the People, July 24, 2014
"Wadeson stated he's been falsely accused, but decided to leave because he didn't want the accusations against him to tarnish Archbishop Anthony Apuron."..."I was in such shock at the viciousness and lies of what was being said about me..." - Pacific Daily News, Ousted priest leaves Guam, July 24, 2014
Even the letter from Archbishop Gomez stating that there is no reason to preclude you from ministry does not say that you are innocent. It basically says what you said, that no foundation for the charges could be found:
In relation to accusations first made in 1992 concerning alleged sexual misconduct in the 1970’s against Father Wadeson, then a member of the Society of the Divine Word [SVD], the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is aware that the allegation was investigated by the Society at the time and was not verified. No settlement was offered or paid by the Archdiocese or, as far as it knows, by the Society. Having reviewed the documentation presented by Father Wadeson, and following the 2014 reexamination, the Archdiocese has concluded that there is no reason to preclude Father Wadeson from serving in priestly ministry. For this reason Father John Wadeson remains, to the knowledge of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, a priest in good standing.- STATEMENT REGARDING FR. JOHN HOWARD WADESON. Issued by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, California. Published in ‘The Tidings’, April 10, 2015
Still more lies
Incredibly, the Chancery jokers can't help themselves. Even when there is actually some small reason to celebrate THEY STILL HAVE TO LIE. Here's what the Chancery release said:
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has concluded that there is no reason to preclude Father Wadeson from serving in priestly ministry showing that all the rumors and alleged calumnies against him were unfounded.
LOL Fr. Wadeson, where in Archbishop Gomez' letter does it say that "all the rumors and alleged calumnies against (you) were unfounded"??? It doesn't, does it?
Let's review what Los Angeles said:
- (T)he Archdiocese of Los Angeles is aware that the allegation was investigated by the Society at the time and was not verified.
- No settlement was offered or paid by the Archdiocese or, as far as it knows, by the Society.
- Having reviewed the documentation presented by Father Wadeson, and following the 2014 reexamination, the Archdiocese has concluded that there is no reason to preclude Father Wadeson from serving in priestly ministry.
- Father John Wadeson remains, to the knowledge of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, a priest in good standing.
There is no reference to "rumors and calumnies" by Archbishop Gomez. The chancery completely manufactured that line and stuck it in Archbishop Gomez' mouth. Didn't they, Fr. Wadeson?
How sad for you. After all that work to clear your name the jokers on the hill contaminate your moment with STILL MORE LIES. Meanwhile, tell us that you are innocent.
Now, about that priest in Merizo...