Monday, July 13, 2015

THE SITUATION IS THIS


The alleged transfer of title to real property valued in the tens of millions to the Redemptoris Mater Seminary is a major scandal and is causing grave turmoil and religious doubt in the Archdiocese of Agana.

If in fact title to the property is no longer in the name of the Archdiocese of Agana, and if in fact the Archbishop of Agana (a corporate sole) no longer controls this property, then the patrimony of the Archdiocese of Agana has been significantly harmed and the scandal is justified.


Thus, if Archbishop Apuron has documents to the contrary then he, as the spiritual father of the Archdiocese of Agana, has a "duty of care" to publish said documents and put the matter to rest lest more souls be scandalized and harmed.

In fact, not to do so makes him personally a "cause for scandal". 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church has this to say about the Sin of Scandal (keep in mind that in the Catechism "grave" equals "mortal"):
2284 Scandal is an attitude or behavior which leads another to do evil. The person who gives scandal becomes his neighbor's tempter. He damages virtue and integrity; he may even draw his brother into spiritual death. Scandal is a grave offense if by deed or omission another is deliberately led into a grave offense.
2285 Scandal takes on a particular gravity by reason of the authority of those who cause it or the weakness of those who are scandalized. It prompted our Lord to utter this curse: "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea." Scandal is grave when given by those who by nature or office are obliged to teach and educate others. Jesus reproaches the scribes and Pharisees on this account: he likens them to wolves in sheep's clothing.
To date, Archbishop Apuron has publicly stated that he has three documents which back up his claim:
  1. Title Report
  2. Legal opinion from a Denver law firm
  3. Opinion from the Vatican commission on Legislative Texts
In the present situation, the Title Report is useless because it shows the Deed Restriction as an "encumbrance". The legal nature of that encumbrance is what is at issue. This is why a legal opinion was needed.

Thus we look forward to Archbishop Apuron's full disclosure of this legal opinion as well as the opinion from the Vatican commission.

We also look forward to how the opinion of a law firm not licensed to practice law in Guam and the opinion of a Vatican commission will hold up in a court of law relative to a real property transaction in the U.S. Territory of Guam.


P.S. This just in:


Actually, Diana, we don't measure our success on what Rome does or doesn't do. And your little pet Apuron can break through all the security he wants. LOL. Real bishops, by the way, don't have to break through security.

We measure our success on how many people are being educated about the evils of Kiko Arguello and by the number of people who now want to know more about their faith to keep from falling prey to future evils.

And as for the pope, shall we remind you of the pure evil of Fr. Marcel Maciel, who was propped up and defended for more than twenty years by the now sainted John Paul II?

In Los Angeles, I watched for 20 years while priests molested minors while the chancery slammed doors in the faces of people who complained. In the Virgin Islands I did more than watch, I helped save students whose lives were threatened by a Catholic high school principal - defended and supported by the bishop - who allowed a drug gang to operate in the school and extort and murder the kids. (Your friend O'Malley can tell you more.)

Sorry Diana, our success is measured in the number of eyes which are now opened. It doesn't matter what Rome does. Apuron is forever a footnote of shame. Unless....unless he publishes those documents and shows us that we have been wrong all along. But then of course there's all those other things. 

Thanks for the opportunity to publish just a partial list:
  1. Publicly rejected the legitimate authority of the Magisterium of the Holy Catholic Church by his public criticism of the directive from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments regarding the manner of distribution of Holy Communion in the Celebration of the Eucharist in the Neocatechumenal Way, causing immense scandal and distrust in the diocese entrusted to his care.
  2. Convened a meeting to concoct a lie to cover for what he said (on KOLG) and to recruit others to lie for him (several people can testify to this).
  3. Persistent violation of the norms governing the distribution of Holy Communion as provided for in the Statute of the Neocatechumenal Way (2008) in his weekly celebration of the Eucharist in his Neocatechumenal Way community and his public authorization of said violation.
  4. Public violation of  the liturgical norms governing the restriction on lay people speaking during the Celebration of the Mass.
  5. Demonstrably permitted the teaching of a grave heresy (that Jesus is a sinner and “like us experienced the forgiveness of the Father) by one of the priests he invited to Guam to instruct candidates to the permanent diaconate, and when this grave heretical teaching was publicly exposed he said nothing to correct it.
  6. Removed a pastor (Fr. Paul Gofigan) from his his office without regard to the provisions set forth in Cann. 1740 - 1752.
  7. Made false accusations against the same priest, accusing him of subjecting his parish and the children of a nearby school to the danger of “great harm” by his permitting of a registered sex offender to volunteer at the parish when Apuron himself permitted the man to do the same thirteen years previously.
  8. Public slander and humiliation of the man and his family, even though he had fulfilled all obligations placed on him by the courts and the parole board.
  9. In front of approximately thirty members of the clergy, inferred that this man was in a homosexual relationship with Fr. Paul Gofigan.
  10. Accused Msgr. James Benavente of a long list of crimes but has never given him a copy of those accusations nor permitted him an opportunity to defend or explain himself.
  11. Sent a copy of those accusations against Msgr. James Benavente to the Media instead of engaging Msgr. James Benavente privately, something he still hasn't done.
  12. Several times permitted the same accusations against Msgr. James Benavente to be published in his archdiocesan newspaper while continuing to deny Msgr. James Benavente his right to defend and explain himself.
  13. Completely ignored the testimony of respected and professional men who were able to prove and document that most of Apuron's accusations against Msgr. James Benavente were false.
  14. Terminated en masse the members of the archdiocesan finance council who voted against his wish to convey title to the former Accion Hotel property to the Redemptoris Mater Seminary on the grounds that said conveyance would, as per Can. 1295, significantly “worsen the patrimonial condition” of the Archdiocese of Agana.
  15. On November 21, 2011, conveyed control of said property to the Redemptoris Mater Seminary  in perpetuity without the knowledge or canonically required consent of the archdiocesan finance council, the college of consultors, the Holy See, and even the advice of his own Legal Counsel. (An Opinion of Counsel has since found that the deed was an "absolute conveyance of title.")
  16. Will not permit men desirous of serving the Archdiocese of Agana as diocesan priests to receive any priestly formation other than at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary, which as per its founding documents is established solely for forming priests “according to the life and practice of the Neocatechumenal Way.
  17. Caused great stress, anxiety, mistrust, and fear among the Catholic faithful of this archdiocese.
  18. Continues to avoid and even flaunt the concerns of these same faithful when they earnestly seek reconciliation and a remedy for these wrongs.
  19. Accused a lay group organized to represent the concerns of these same lay faithful as "plotting against the church.”
  20. And we're not done yet...

So it doesn't matter what Rome does. Due to these acts by the man consecrated to be their spiritual father, the majority of faithful in the Archdiocese of Agana have completely and utterly lost all faith in his episcopal leadership and his ability to remedy this terrible condition of the Archdiocese of Agana with the resultant scandal harming the faith of many. And by his unwillingness to even admit that there is a problem he either evinces a serious mental incapacity or he is quite willing to "lead the little ones astray." 

I now believe it is the latter...and so do many others.


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