More Protesters Show Up to Silent Protest at Cathedral
Guam - Protesters took to the streets in front of the Cathedral de Basilica again to call for attention from Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who they say has been ignoring their calls for changes within the church.
The protesters showed up in the dozens yesterday morning holding signs that read justice, Pope Francis save our church and give back our Yona property, among other messages. The organizers of the silent protest have expressed their disappointment with the Archbishop’s leadership, particularly with the controversial ownership of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Yona. Mae Ada tells us other issues they are concerned about.
"Another thing is we want him to bring back the two priests, Msgr. James Benavente and Father Paul Gofigan, to their former position in the church," Ada says. "Another thing, to please have respect for the rest of us in our masses so there’s no dichotomy anymore in our church because right now our church is divided."
There were even some younger members of the Catholic community who say they feel the division within the Church as well.
"Christ did not say two catholic churches. He said one. And he said 'Peter, you are a rock and upon this rock I will build my church.' He did promise us this church. This church is built by the blood of the martyrs and it’s gonna be ruined by some men who think they can just come here and destroy it. This church will never fall. It has been sealed by our martyrs, Padre San Vitores and Pedro Calungsod. They have shed blood for this beautiful church," stated Jaden Comon.
The organizers say are planning more silent protests. They will announce the location and dates at a later time.