While The Zoltan wants to carry on about how well neo children can quote the bible, the rest of us have completely different issues. Our issues are with the literal ARCH-NEO, the ARCHBISHOP - the biggest piece of "fruit" (a favorite neo word) in the neocatechumenal basket.
"It is the opinion of the undersigned that the drafter of these organizational documents* purposely and deliberately designed the structure of the organization so that the Board of Guarantors shall have veto power over all decisions including the decisions of the archbishop and his successors.
Thus, we are faced with the unusual practice of a separate, unelected, and un-removable board having veto power over a board of directors, the officers, and the sole member, the Archbishop of Agana and his successors."
*The organizational documents are the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws for the Redemptoris Mater Seminary, which according to Article III of Articles states that it exists solely for the purpose of forming priests "according to the life and practice of the Neocatechumenal Way."
- Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron
- Giuseppe Gennarini (New Jersey)
- Claudia Gennarini (wife, New Jersey)
- Angelo Poschetti (New Jersey)
In one of the comments on the PDN, someone says:
Social media talks way too much about the Arch Bishop and my guess if he is in fact that bad, Rome would dismiss him.
I am copying my reply because it is something most need to know about the reality of this situation:
You're right on except for one thing. Rome doesn't have blanket authority to dismiss a bishop. Each bishop is his own pope of his diocese. The pope in Rome can no more dismiss the bishop of Agana than can the bishop of Agana dismiss the pope of Rome.
This is the problem. There is no higher court of appeal than the bishop of a diocese. And since Apuron permits no appeal or even discussion of the problems, the problems have spilled into the street.
That said, Rome still has a few options, most of them limited to asking a bishop to retire, or sometimes they actually give him a "promotion" to some desk job or honorary assignment in Rome.
There have been a couple of instances where Pope Francis has been reported to have "fired" a bishop. But that's not true. He is not the bishop's "employer." He can't fire him.
The horrible details of fifty years of clergy sex abuse via the willing participation of many bishops only became an issue because it finally worked its way into the public media. Social media wasn't big back then (late 90's) but if it was, we might have caught these criminals a lot earlier.
Commenter: I have no comment on claims associated with possible misconduct if that is what is being reported. From an organzational and structural perspective I cannot comment either because church frameworks are not my cup of tea. I will say though from reading all these opeds and social media accounts that no one party has offered a solution that does not involve the person of Apuron. I will also opine that at some point, people need to either 1) forgive, or 2) forget, or 3) come up with expanded solutions if that is what is required.
My area of interest is national security but this thing with the politics of religion back home seems to be circular in its talking points and if this is partially correct, then I will simply say it is sad, very sad because everyone has got an opinion and the whole point of worship is to thank God, not to continually throw mud at one cleric.MY REPLY:
Ours is not an opinion. We have documents and we are pursuing a course of action both civilly and canonically (church law).
And yes it is "very sad." But as already mentioned, the crimes of the church can be hidden extremely well. It took years to bust open the culture of child molestation. And until it blew up in the media, thousands of children were destroyed.
We have provable crimes and we are moving forward, but it takes public support and a lot of money.
But relative to op-eds such as these, everyone of them can be traced to Apuron's supporters starting the string. Everything I have written and Tanaka has written has been in response to these gross accusations. We see no need to defend ourselves. We see an opportunity to let Rome see this evil by keeping it in the media. Unfortunately Rome won't respond to anything else.
Again, as per the clergy sex abuse crisis, they long knew about it, it was right under their nose for years. But they did nothing until the press got too hot to ignore.
Apuron could solve all of this in an instant. He could have a meeting with those who oppose his actions and work out solutions. However, he has refused to meet with anyone and everyone. He sends out his lackeys to run interference and threatens to sue. Apuron holds all the cards. We have none. Only the media.