AnonymousJune 26, 2015 at 6:25 AM
One of the things I have found fascinating in this mess is how so many people are always trying to figure out my motivation. I find it fascinating because I have none. There is simply right and wrong and right needs to be stood up for. When the Archbishop was on the right side of things (or so it appeared) during the same-sex union battle in 2009, no one was more public in his defense than I was. (Hmmmm, wonder where Diana was?) Now that the Archbishop is on the wrong side of things - insofar as his violation of canon law and his mistreatment of certain persons - I am opposing him. I have no loyalty to persons, only to principals.
You might ask Senator Frank Aguon, Jr. about this. Between 2009 and 2010, no one more publicly pounded him than I did. In my opinion he had interfered with two pro-life bills I wanted to see advanced. I had suspected that his motivation was not that he was not pro-life but that he had political reasons for not permitting the bills to advance (since they had been introduced by his then-gubernatorial opponent, Sen. Calvo.) I believe that my public pounding of him may have influenced the 2010 election since he and his running mate lost that election by only a few hundred votes.
A couple years later Senator Aguon publicly apologized for letting politics sway him from his personal convictions and restated his commitment to pro-life legislation. I didn't believe him so I asked him to introduce the same bill he had interfered with: a bill requiring medical care for children who survive failed abortions. It was a really tough bill and he was publicly opposed by one of the island's most powerful democrats, Bank of Guam president, Lou Leon Guerrero. But Senator Aguon held his ground and fought for the bill. And as today's news story in the Marianas Variety documents, I am now working with Senator Aguon's office to introduce more pro-life legislation.
The difference is, Archbishop Apuron, though completely proven wrong in his violation of Canon Law in his ouster of Fr. Paul as pastor of Santa Barbara as well as his inordinate public chastisement of the Lastimoza family, has never apologized. In fact, he has doubled down and launched ever more vicious attacks against Msgr. James and simply increased the constant lies to the people of this diocese. It's too bad, because all Apuron ever would have to do is apologize specifically for those wrongs and set things right with those he had wronged and he would have been immediately forgiven and welcomed back. But he won't because he can't. He can't because he is crippled both by pride and by those who now completely control him for their own ends.
In short, this constant guessing of my motives tells us more about those who are trying to guess than it does about me. I was just raised to speak up for what is right and denounce what is wrong...no matter who the person might be. Imagine that.