Thursday, September 17, 2015
PROPAGANDA SI APURON
The following (with a few of my own edits) was shared with me by someone who is expressing the sentiments of many: the U Matuna has become nothing more than a desperate weekly flunky rag to prop up Apuron.
How abut a new name for the Sunday paper that bills itself as the “Roman Catholic Newspaper of the Archdiocese of Agaña, Guam.” How about Propaganda Si Apuron?
Propaganda Si Apuron is far more appropriate than Umatuna Si Yu’os. Propaganda is “ideas or statements that are often false or exaggerated and that are spread in order to help a cause, a political leader, a government, etc.” according to Merriam-Webster. Archbishop Apuron is the “etc.” in that definition.
Sunday’s Propaganda Si Apuron is no exception. The front page lede tells us that “They gathered nearly 600 strong,” neglecting to tell the reader that pastors were ordered to cancel all parish activities - in other words: many were probably coerced into attending. The second lede read, “Embrace…and safeguard!” which commanded “Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person” causing the reader to ponder the term “human person.” (Ummm, is there such a thing as a non-human person?)
In the middle of the page we’re told that, “…Archbishop Anthony (he loves to be called "Anthony" now) opened the day by celebrating Mass…” and then “It was a beautiful and appropriate prelude to the day…” Such pap might be only slightly offensive in a secular rag but in a official diocesan print it borders on sacrilege. The Mass is the Mass. It is the Catholic faith. To characterize the Mass a prelude to anything whatsoever is at very best offensive to true Catholics. The Mass is the Mass. The purpose of the Mass is definitely not to be used as vehicle for flowery language to prop up Archbishop Apuron in the pages of Propaganda Si Apuron.
The remainder of the Propaganda Si Apuron for September 13 was the usual collection of pictures of the bishop “in action,” ads and editorial endeavors reminiscent of the “What I Did on My Summer Vacation” theme we wrote for teacher in the Fall of our 13th year. Possibly as the result of carelessness or oversight one actual item dealing with the Catholic faith snuck in on page six. Talk about contrast!
Week after week Apuron’s flunkies publish a combination of wire service pap and locally produced articles all of which are designed to create the illusion that Archbsihop Apuron is in charge of and moving the diocese forward. You should keep reading though. Both on the off chance that a real news item might somehow sneak in again and also so that you can keep up on the weekly spin coming from the Hill. Keep reading but be sure you have a good size grain of salt handy when you read Propaganda Si Apuron.