Now that we have an Opinion of Counsel regarding the TRUTH about RMS, let us revisit the lies told by Fr. Pius to the Pacific Daily News on August 2, 2014. (The full article is no longer freely available on the PDN but fortunately "The Diana" has copied the lies for us here.) I have indicated each point I wish to address with a number in parentheses.
PDN: Did the Neocatechumenal Way attempt to influence the transfer of title to the former Accion Hotel property in Yona from the Archdiocese of Guam to an entity whose officers are members of the Neocatechumenal Way?
PIUS: Actually it is the other way around. The purchase of the Accion Hotel was proposed by the Neocatechumenal Way to the archbishop, (1) because in order to start the seminary and an institute, there was a need for rooms for 30 to 40 seminarians, 10 faculty professors, four classrooms, a library for 20,000 volumes, a chapel. The money for the purchase of the hotel was donated to the archdiocese by an off-island benefactor who offered it with the explicit intention of erecting the seminary and the theological institute. (2) The previous owner of the hotel sold it for just $1.9 million with the proviso that the building be used as an educational facility. Actually, the archdiocese did not put down a penny.
Regarding the transfer of the title, the legal adviser of the archdiocese, five years ago, asked that the title be transferred to the Redemptoris Mater Corp. to respect the intention of the donor and to safeguard the property. (3) This corporation is a 'corporation sole' where there is only one member, namely the archbishop, who has all power. (4) He is assisted by a board of directors who (oversees) the daily administration. The only member, namely the archbishop, chooses all directors. Then there is a board of guarantors that guarantees that the corporation follows the original purpose for which it was created. The Archbishop chooses, confirms, or dismisses freely these guarantors. (5)
1. The purchase of the Accion Hotel was proposed by the Neocatechumenal Way to the archbishop.
As a real estate agent, I happen to know the agents who were involved with the transaction. It was they who brought the opportunity to purchase the property to the attention of the archdiocese. Only once the opportunity was made known to the archdiocese did Gennarini and Pius see their opportunity to get their greedy mitts on this valuable property.
2. The money for the purchase of the hotel was donated to the archdiocese by an off-island benefactor who offered it with the explicit intention of erecting the seminary and the theological institute.
As we have thoroughly demonstrated (in The Ultimate Treachery), the donor, through a representative, refused to sign a letter written by Apuron saying that the money was given with the "explicit intention of erecting the seminary and the theological institute."
Note that Pius uses the definite article THE in "the seminary", a direct reference to RMS. In fact the donor only mentions "a seminary" in the letter of intent. There was no need to spell it out. The donor had been approached with the proposal to assist in the purchasing of a "defunct hotel" for the purpose of erecting a seminary FOR the Archdiocese of Agana.
The only possible intent, since the donor tells us he/she "never heard" of the Neocatechumenal Way or the Redemptoris Mater Seminary, was for a diocesan seminary - which RMS is NOT (i.e. not established to form priests specifically for the diocesan priesthood, but as per its Articles, only "according the life and practice of the neocatechumenal way."
Let's review. On January 29, 2015, after we discovered the secretly recorded deed and after Apuron was confronted on it by the Apostolic Visitors earlier that month, Apuron, in a desperate attempt to cover his lies, asks the donor's representative to lie for him. He writes:
"May I ask a favor...send me a letter of support for the donation made by your donors and benefactors to the Archdiocese of Agana in 2003 for the purchase of the Accion Hotel for the Archdiocese of Agana for the purpose of housing the Redemptoris Mater Seminary and the Theological Institute for the formation of priests."
On February 2, 2015, the donor's representative writes back:
Dear Archbishop Apuron, in 2003 when the said "funds" were donated, we had absolutely no knowledge of these entities (like Redemptoris Mater Seminary, the Neo-catechumenal Way, or the Theological Institute for the formation of priests), not to speak of any specific intention whatsoever to relate this donation to them. In fact, we did not even know of these lay organizations, so naturally we could not direct anything to them by name. It was our sole intention to help the people of Guam to provide a property for a seminary for the formation of priests for the Church in Guam. At that time, in 2003, we were made aware of the burden you were carrying in regard to the purchase of this property for a seminary. It was our desire to help relieve you of this concern and enable the Archdiocese to conduct a seminary in the former hotel. This was our intent. It was not our intent that the Archdiocese place on the hotel property, purchased with our donation, a deed restriction, in perpetuity, whereby the property is now dedicated to be used only for the Redemptoris Mater Seminary and Theological Institute. As a result, we felt "very ill at ease" when we came to know about the "Deed Restriction" which gives the Redemptoris Mater Seminary control of the said Property in "perpetuity". The phrase, "in perpetuity" implies that the seminary now belongs to the Neocatechumenal Way Christians, which is the only group permitted to use the property now or in the future.
In conclusion, dear Archbishop Apuron, I cannot sign the letter your drafted for me because it would not in fact be truthful. We are keeping you, the seminarians and all the people of Guam very much in our prayers. May the Spirit of love bring peace and unity to all. Sincerely in Christ, TDR.
So after reading the exact words of the donor's representative, read Pius' lying words again:
"The money for the purchase of the hotel was donated to the archdiocese by an off-island benefactor who offered it with the explicit intention of erecting the seminary and the theological institute."
Note: We are not permitted to post the original copy of this letter on our blog. However, we can post the exact words here with confidence and claim that this is the truth because we know Rome has a copy of the original, and so does Archbishop Apuron. And if he wishes to disprove what we say here he has only to show us a signed copy of the letter stating the opposite of what we quote. He can't.
3. This corporation is a 'corporation sole' where there is only one member, namely the archbishop, who has all power.
A "corporation sole" is a specific form of corporate governance usually limited to hierarchical churches where there is a line of succession. Corporate soles do not have a board of directors, officers, stock, by-laws, official minutes or a standard corporate name ("incorporated" or "limited").
The Archdiocese of Agana is a "corporate sole". RMS is not. Here is a copy of the Articles of Incorporation for the Archdiocese of Agana showing the passing (by an amendment) of the Archdiocese of Agana from the control of Archbishop Flores to his successor, Apuron. Notice, there is no designation of a Board of Directors because a Corporation Sole does not have a Board of Directors. RMS has a Board of Directors because it is NOT a corporate sole, it is a registered non-profit corporation in the Territory of Guam with the required Board of Directors.
Quoting 18 GCS § 2205 (Guam law), Attorney Bronze writes:
"...the corporate powers of all corporations formed under this Part, shall be exercised, all business of such corporations, and all property of such corporations controlled and held by a board of not less than 3 and nor more than 11 directors to be elected from among the holders of stock or where there is no stock from members of the corporation."
So while Pius lies to us and tells us that the archbishop "has all the power", Guam law tells us that it is the Directors who have all the power to exercise and control the business of a corporation. Apuron is one of the Directors, but as per the RMS annual report for 2014, he is only one of five votes. And as the sole member, his only power is to appoint the board. According to Guam law, as a member, even a sole member, he has NO POWER to manage the affairs of the corporation.
4. Then there is a board of guarantors that guarantees that the corporation follows the original purpose for which it was created. The Archbishop chooses, confirms, or dismisses freely these guarantors.
This is a real laugher of a lie, and Pius know he's lying. He knows he's lying because he and Gennarini are the architects of RMS and as Attorney Bronze tells us:
"...the drafter of these organizational documents purposely and deliberately designed the structure of the organization so that the Board of Guarantors shall have veto power over all decisions including the decisions of the archbishop and his successors."
Notice that Pius only tells us that the Board of Guarantors "guarantees that the corporation follows the original purpose for which it was created." He leaves out the fact that the same provision includes "veto power over all decisions including the decisions of the archbishop and his successors." This is absolute power over everything.
And saying that that "the Archbishop chooses, confirms, or dismisses freely these guarantors" is the MOST SHAMEFUL LIE OF ALL, and Pius KNOW THIS! Attorney Bronze shows us that the Board of Guarantors is:
- unelected, and...
"Thus, we are faced with the unusual practice of a separate, unelected, and un-removable board having veto power over a board of directors, the officers, and the sole member, the Archbishop of Agana and his successors."
So what do we do about this impostor who so blatantly lies to protect his power and his source of funding to galavant about the world and abuse people?
First, in order to protect yourselves, your families and those you care about, expose him as the LIAR that he is.
Second, dry up his source of funding - which is the money you give to your parishes, siphoned off by the archbishop to fund Pius and his cronies.
Third, send that money to the CCOG so that they will have the funding to take whatever course of action is necessary to hold Pius and his puppets civilly accountable for the harm they have perpetrated on the faithful of this archdiocese.
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Jacques G. Bronze. Legal Opinion regarding Real Property Conveyance and Corporate Governance relating to The Redemptoris Mater House of Formation. a Guam Non-Profit Corporation. May 13 2015.