Under new NEO-RULE of David the VG/Rector, there is no "donation." It's typical neo-cult, shake-down, fleecing. The sign supposedly permits Catholics "tourist or not, to enter freely to pray and bask in the presence of God." But that's obviously another NEO-LIE.
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For 3 months I helped my very ill elderly neighbor with basic needs who has no family here. Out of great concern for his health an off island cousin of his came to visit him for a week in July. I took the cousin to visit historic sites during Liberation week. The very last place we visited was the cathedral as I wanted him to see the beloved statue of Mary. I told him how it was a sacred place to Chamorro's and how their faith helped them endure the pain of war and occupation which he could realize after everything else he had witnessed during the day.
The building was having some construction going on so we had to enter through the book store. As we made our way towards the Sanctuary door the woman behind the counter asked "Where are you going?". "To make a visit to the Sanctuary" I replied as I was about to open the door. She then asked, "Are you local or tourists". I just looked for a moment feeling a bit taken back as I was intent upon entering the Sanctuary before closing time for the book store.
The gentleman responded to her he was a visitor. Without a seconds hesitation she immediately began to HIT A BIG WODDEN BOX in front of her and DEMAND A DONATION. Saying "Donation Please Donation Please" as she pounded on the box. I was utterly SHOCKED. I responded saying "We didn't want to use the bathroom we wanted to visit the Sanctuary" She continued with her pounding on the box and repeating her mantra "Donation Please Donation Please".
Appalled and embarrassed by such behavior I said to the gentleman just come here and look inside the glass door. Then we left. Needless to say he was more than surprised by the incident. I have visited many churches and temples of different faiths in different parts of the world and never have I had money demanded from me in such an aggressive way to enter a place of worship.
I was so disgusted by the behavior and the effects it would have on people that I went to the Guam Visitors Bureau to let them know just what visitors can expect while visiting the cathedral.
This is not my understanding or experience of either Chamorro Culture or Catholic religion. So what is it?