Monday, May 4, 2015

PRAYER RALLY. SUNDAY. MAY 3, 2015

Catholics take part in a prayer rally organized by the Concerned Catholics of Guam yesterday at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagåtña. The rally was held to demonstrate the group’s displeasure with some of the decisions made by Archbishop Anthony Apuron in the administration of the archdiocese. 

http://mvguam.com/local/news/40378-catholics-gather-for-prayer-rallies-in-hagatna.html#.VUamJWSqqko





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Hundreds of Guam Catholics gathered for a motorcade and prayer rally appealing for justice, accountability, and action in the Archdiocese of Agana. The event began with a motorcade from difference village regions to the rally site on the front steps of the Cathedral-Basilica in Hagatna.
For more pictures and info go to 
https://www.facebook.com/concernedcatholicsofguam

Here is a press release from yesterday from the CCOG:

Guam Catholics gather for prayer rally and motorcade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Monday, May 3, 2015

Hundreds of Guam Catholics gathered yesterday for an island-wide motorcade and prayer rally on the front steps of the Cathedral-Basilica in Hagatna. The motorcade was divided into several regions assigned to village parishes and mayor’s offices. Cars were decorated with yellow and white ribbons and posters stating “I Love My Catholic Church,” “KATOLIKU,” and “JUSTICE. ACCOUNTABILITY. ACTION.”

The prayer rally was a grassroots effort to appeal for justice, accountability, and action from local church leadership concerning recent controversies involving the removal of two local priests, church finances, and the conveyance of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary property in Yona to the Neo-Catechumenal Way. The rally began with the singing of Chamorro traditional hymns and the Divine Mercy Prayer and concluded with the release of a rosary balloon as participants sang “Katoliku”.

“The motorcade and prayer rally was a tremendous success and was clear indication that Guam Catholics are very much concerned with the lack of leadership from Archbishop Apuron,” said Greg Perez, president of the Concerned Catholics of Guam.

“The sad reality is that our appeal for leadership and answers to our concerns have been ignored by a leader who has stood silent on every issue placed before him. Archbishop Apuron’s inaction is a deafening silence and we will continue to press forward to restore faith in our church leadership and to bring unity and healing to a very divided church.

“I thank the volunteers for sharing their time, talent, and resources in organizing this event. Additionally, I express my sincere appreciation to those who took time out of their busy Sunday to pray with us and I am confident that our message, through patience and perseverance, will be heard,” said Perez.

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Media Inquiries: Please contact Greg Perez at 727-3233 or David Sablan at 482-4647


17 comments:

  1. God's mercy is not the acceptance of sin, but the forgiveness of sin.

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  2. Thank you to ALL who made this rally a successful and prayerful event. It was really nice seeing all familiar faces, as well as new ones, who came together in unity to pray for our Catholic Church on Guam. God Bless Us All.

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  3. Fr.Matthew Blockley.May 4, 2015 at 9:55 AM


    Congratulation to the men and women who attended the prayer rally in order to pray and restore justice, truth and unity to the church of Guam.

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  4. BIBA KATOLIKU!

    We've had enough of exhortations to be silent! Cry out with a hundred thousand tongues. I see that the world is rotten because of silence. ~St. Catherine of Siena

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  5. I continue to pray for you all. God is an Awesome God! One day we will be UNITED as one Church.
    Tun Pedro Santos

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  6. This was a great demonstration, a peaceful one where Christ and Santa Marian Kamalen were present. What else Archbishop Anthony waiting for? At some point, this is going to break loose and it'll be time to rally again in front of his doorstep. In fact, let's do it already. Prayer must be armed with action and we are ready to take the next step.

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  7. It was a nice turn out. I would have liked to have seen a lot more of our Catholic Faithful but considering that it was the first prayer rally, a good size group attended. I hope this is just the first of many more rallies to be planned because we need to continually make our voices heard to the whole island as well as to Rome. Let's continue to peacefully and prayerfully protest the way our archdiocese is being run and appeal to the higher hierarchy of the Church to intervene and bring about unity and harmony among all the Catholic faithful on Guam. BIBA KATOLIKU!!

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  8. Governments have taken on the role of moral leadership. This leadership has been surrendered readily by religious leaders who remain silent in the face of legalized abortion and sodomy.

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  9. Archbishop Apuron and brother priests Read Wisdom (Ecclesiasticus) ch6:v1-11

    Listen therefore, O kings, and understand; learn, O judges of the ends of the earth. Give ear, you that rule over multitudes, and boast of many nations. For your dominion [diocese] was given you from the Lord, and your sovereignty [bishop] from the Most High, who will search out your works and inquire into your plans. Because as servants of His Kingdom you did not rule rightly, nor keep the Law, nor walk according to the purpose of God, He will come upon you terribly and swiftly, because severe judgment falls on those in high places. For the lowliest man may be pardoned in mercy, but mighty men will be mightily tested. For the Lord of all will not stand in awe of any one, nor show deference to greatness; because He Himself made both small and great, and He takes thought for all alike. But a strict inquiry is in store for the mighty. To you then, O monarchs, my words are directed, that you may learn wisdom and not transgress. For they will be made holy who observe holy things in holiness, and those who have been taught them will find a defense. Therefore set your desire on my words; long for them, and you will be instructed.

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  10. Ambition is good if it is directed towards love of God and love of neighbor. It is good to be ambitious towards your own salvation and personal holiness.

    Ambition, however, takes on a whole new personality when it is directed towards self-interests such as power, status or personal gain. Then the ambition is disordered, dangerous and the forerunner of the abuse of authority and the compromise of Truth. It is very easy to be misled by someone who is ambitious towards personal gain. Such a one may hold a high position of authority, speak eloquently and project much influence. But, if such a one cherishes personal esteem - beware. Most likely he holds in his heart hidden agendas serving only himself and his own success.

    This prayer as is an aid to discovering the Truth between good and evil:
    Dear Jesus, send Your Spirit of Truth upon us and help us to look beyond title, status, and influence in secular and religious leaders. Give us the wisdom to recognize disordered ambition which does not serve Truth but self. Help us to be ambitious only in serving You, Jesus, and in living in God's Will. Amen.

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  11. John C. Ada Toves "Typhoon"May 4, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    It made me so proud to be a son of Guam and to see all you who attended! We can't let them have even one more second! They've already caused far too much damage to our Church.

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  12. @John Toves: what has become of your efforts? I remember you on the radio over a month ago saying something big was coming. Nothing ever happened that I know of. Or the hotline number? Smoking gun? An update would be good because it isn't fair to call out AAA and then have nothing. With due respect to your cause, that's why I come back to Tims blog because there's always fat or info to substantiate. Thanks Mr. Toves hope you can update here.

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    1. John C. Ada Toves "Typhoon"May 4, 2015 at 8:07 PM

      Anon 6:08, here is an update. What you heard on the The Buzz was information on a "Victim #2" who had been molested by Archbishop Apuron. His island attorney contacted me with the information and allowed me to release some brief details in hopes of bringing another victim forward. I had two subsequent conversations and two emails from the attorney. The timeline was given to me. I have my phone records and emails for documentation. I have not received further communication as of yet.

      Managing Editor from EWTN who I've been in contact with since January (he called me) is working to break the story. He asked if I had a cannon lawyer working on it

      I consulted with a cannon lawyer early April who is willing to go through Rome once more but from a different angle. I am beginning my fundraising for his retainer so he can file. I advised EWTN of the lawyer.

      I've called the Archbishop prior to every move but unfortunately always seem to get only voicemail. I mentioned that I had thoughts about the dance and other clips but I would like to hear good faith on his part. I'll be happy to provide call logs for this as well.

      I've tweeted and Facebooked weekly to the island since January. I guess I need to get a life, - but I know I have my God.

      So, Anon 6:08, I intend to remain a thorn in his side. I do finish what I start. That is one of the few things I have in common with Tim who has my deepest gratitude and respect. I am happy to post any update here.

      It is already beyond what any individual can do, my friend. It really is now, - What will we ALL do?

      Anyone may contact me at johncharlestoves@gmail.com

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    3. Don't forget to wish Msgr. James L.G. Benavente Biba Kumpleanos on his May 6th birthday tomorrow! Some prayers, words of encouragement and maybe some donations towards the expenses of his canon lawyer would be appreciated too.

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  13. Silly me-so unaware! On the same day same time of the CCOG peaceful prayer rally yesterday at the Basilica the NCW members were nearby. I hope AAA is aware of this as prove of his leadership having to deal with one Church yet Two Churches.

    Though the beauty of the CCOG gathering for me is that I was blessed to join in with the elders. They have been our back bone holding on to the Traditional Church for us since, and ever since. Their countless time, efforts, donations, endless prayers in and out of the Church, the rapid respond they give to the call of the needs from our Churches. Our elders present here (and those absent but spiritually present) is another example for me to see the depths of the meaning to "KATOLIKU" BIBA KATOLIKU!!! The knowledge retained from this generation is over qualified when it comes to within the Church compared to today's generation. By our elders coming out to support CCOG even in smaller numbers today than before speaks with loud volume. After all one day they'll become extinct. God bless all our elders of today and to our Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

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  14. To John C. Toves. Please follow up with the request from 6:09 pm
    What is the latest on your discussion on the radio. We havent heard yet. Please respond. Thanks

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