My reply to Apuron deserves praise for seminaries by Mari Flor Herrero in today's PDN:
Hello Mari Flor. Thank you for this. Since you know the archbishop so well do you mind asking him why he ignored the Feb. 12, 2013 letter from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith to amend his sex abuse policy?
Yes, apparently, Rome reviewed our archdiocesan sex abuse policy and noticed some grave omissions, such as protection for those who might dare to come forward - especially protection from the archbishop.
The Vatican instructed Apuron to amend his policy, but Apuron ignored them. In hindsight, had he amended the policy as instructed by the Vatican the allegations brought by John Toves, the sudden disappearance of Fr. John Wadeson, and the investigation of Fr. Louis Camacho's Agat beach incident with the 17 year old girl might have been handled differently. Oh that's right, silly me. There NEVER was an investigation.
Yes, Apuron ought to be commended for these seminaries. Instead of importing priests, we import seminarians and Apuron takes the credit for actually building vocations while he stomps on genuine local vocations like Aaron Quitugua.
BTW, here's what we have seen so far from his seminarians: priests who help themselves to underage ladies at deserted beaches, another who speaks of girls as oranges to be sucked, a seminary formator who fled the L.A. diocese after being credibly accused of molesting 2 minors and found refuge with Apuron, another who raised a quarter of a million dollars from Santa Rita parishioners and then disappeared - the money is gone too, another who openly bad mouthed the Chamorro people's serving of food at funerals, and another who told his parishioners "I'm sick of your culture," and so much more.
Yes, we should praise Apuron, shouldn't we. Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
BTW, don't tell him I have a copy of that letter from the Vatican. I'll be posting it soon on my blog. However, you can tell him that I will be sending a copy of your wonderful letter to a friend of his in Arizona. He'll know who it is. It might be just the thing his friend needs to prompt a long overdue visit.