In 2011, Apuron ordered Fr. Paul to terminate the employment of Mr. Lastimoza. When Fr. Paul was called in two years later he was accused of disobeying an order:
"You disobeyed the direct order given by the Vicar General" are Apuron's exact words in his July 16, 2013 letter to Fr. Paul.
When Fr. Paul produced the evidence that he had obeyed the "order given by the Vicar General", Apuron changed the charge to "refusing to terminate the de facto employment" of Mr. Lastimoza. (Decree of Removal. August 20, 2013. Prot. No. 013-074)
Apuron changed the charge because he had been proven wrong. In his Appeal to the Decree of Removal, Fr. Paul's canonical advocate criticized Apuron's changing of the charge saying: “the charge against Fr. Gofigan has become an elastic concept."
He went on to call the Archbishop’s actions against Fr. Gofigan “a canonical procedure that has gone awry” and accused Apuron of:
- mangling canonical procedures,
- ignoring provision of the Code,
- making a feeble attempt to correct the bungled process,
- violating the rights of a pastor,
- and ruining his good name.
He concluded by questioning Apuron's real motives - something we continue to do on this blog, writing:
“The concerns raised by the Archbishop could have been accomplished even without the bungled attempt at removal, therefore one really wonders what is the real purpose behind the move.”
As for Apuron putting in the NCW after Cottman pounded her fist on the table, he certainly could have. But Apuron doesn't call the shots in the Archdiocese. Gennarini and Pius do. And they are much smarter than Apuron. They know they have to sneak in the NCW lest we detect their evil intent. This is why they waited for something they could take Fr. Paul down with - or so they thought.
They didn't count on me reviewing the parole records of Mr. Lastimoza and finding that Apuron himself had permitted the same man to work in the same parish in the same capacity thirteen years earlier.
But then they didn't count on a lot of things, did they.
I'll "pick on" the second thing later.