Monday, July 20, 2015

FR. JEFF EXPLAINS...

Fr. Jeffrey C. San Nicolas has left a new comment on your post "SPECIAL MESSAGE TO ARCHBISHOP HON TAI-FAI": 

Dear Tim and readers,

After reading this post and the many replies, I was saddened by what I hope is a terrible misunderstanding regarding the intention of the Archbishop's decree and this week’s errata. 

On July 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. many in the FD community celebrated a Mass at The Boys’ Chapel to mark the 71st anniversary of Pale’ Duenas’ death. The Mass was well attended and I shared with the people that our Archbishop chose this special day to issue a decree that removed certain restrictions from the chapel allowing it to be used more broadly by the Catholic faithful. I went on to let the assembly know that the Archbishop hoped that the chapel might serve as a catalyst to advance the cause of Pale’ Duenas so that one day Pale’ Duenas might be raised to the dignity of a venerable martyr. Pale’ Duenas' legacy of courage and faithfulness is still honored and admired to this day by many, Catholic and non-Catholic alike. For this reason, as principal of FD and an alumnus, I was happy about this part of the decree. Moreover, I knew that it was the fulfillment of the lead donor’s stipulation.


I then went on to let everyone know that the decree printed in that weekend’s Umatuna Si Yu’us was in error regarding the name of the chapel. I stated that the chapel will continue to be called “The Boys’ Chapel.” My intention in saying this was not to contradict the Archbishop’s decree. My intention was simply to pass on what the Archbishop said to me. Only because of my personal conversation with the Archbishop would I be so bold to say that his decree contained an error.

On Thursday, July 9th I talked to him about why renaming the chapel would be problematic. He reassured me that he understood the issue and that it is not his intention to rename the chapel. The archbishop told me that he had talked to Fr. Adrian about this problem but for some reason it was not immediately resolved. He assured me that it would be corrected. At this point I was happy that a correction was being worked on and I considered the issue resolved. My assumption was, and my hope still is, for a new decree to be issued so that the name “The Boys’ Chapel” remains. 

On Thursday July 16th, I called Fr. Adrian to follow up on the “correction.” I was told that the correction has not taken place but I could expect it by the July 26th issue of the Umatuna Si Yu’us. I am hopeful that a new decree (without the name change) will be issued soon.

I celebrate Mass at The Boys’ Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. and everyone is welcome to attend. If there are additional questions I can answer, I would be happy to do it in person after the morning Mass. I will make myself available.

Respectfully,
Fr. Jeffrey C. San Nicolas
FDMS Principal

MY COMMENTS

Fr. Jeff tells us that Archbishop Apuron "assured" him that it was "not his intention to rename the chapel." I have no doubt that this is what Archbishop Apuron told Fr. Jeff, even though on the very same day he decreed the following:
 In virtue of canon 1223 of the Code of Canon Law and by reason of my authority as Archbishop of Agaña, I hereby erect the PÅLE’ JESUS BAZA DUEÑAS ORATORY at the Father Dueñas Memorial School in Ta’i, Mangilao. 
This instrument revokes the previous decree, Protocol Number 2014-022, formerly establishing the ‘Boys Chapel’.
Sorry, Fr. Jeff, there simply is NO "terrible misunderstanding." Apuron lied to you. Welcome to the club. 

P.S. Everyone knows this is Adrian's doing. Trying to get his boss kicked out. Still mad he wasn't made a Msgr. 

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