Here is a copy of a letter from the Congregation for the Evangelization of People's to Pope John Paul II regarding Archbishop Apuron's request to proceed with the renovation of the Agana Cathedral.
The letter is dated August 9, 1996.
Why is Archbishop Apuron requesting permission (through the Congregation) from the Pope to proceed with the renovation of the cathedral?
Because Church law required him to do so.
Canon 1295 requires observance of Canons 1291-1294 "not only in alienation but also in any transaction which can worsen the patrimonial condition of a juridic person."
Can. 1295 The requirements of ⇒ cann. 1291-1294, to which the statutes of juridic persons must also conform, must be observed not only in alienation but also in any transaction which can worsen the patrimonial condition of a juridic person.
The cost of renovating the Cathedral was estimated to be in excess of $6.8 Million. Because the money would have to be borrowed, the Archdiocese would be on the hook for $6.8 Million, which, until it was paid back, would "worsen the patrimonial condition" of the Archdiocese (a juridic person.)
This fact necessitated that Archbishop Apuron follow the canonical prescripts of cann. 1291-1294, and - as this letter to Pope John Paul II demonstrates - particularly can. 1292 which required the consent of both the finance council and the college of consultors and the "permission of the Holy See" (the pope.)
Because Archbishop Apuron was then still listening and taking counsel from good people who had the best interest of the Archdiocese of Agana at heart (the former finance council), he proceeded according to the prescripts of Church law.
However, a decade later, Apuron was listening to other voices, the voices of the Kiko-sewer rats, Gennarini and Pius. And not receiving the canonically required consent of the morally-conscious members of the finance council, Apuron simply got rid of them.
Upon his being terminated, former finance council president Richard Untalan, on behalf of the other terminated members of the same council, wrote to Apuron on 01/16/12:
There is ZERO doubt that Apuron acted exactly as Untalan suspected: they were fired for their decision to oppose an act which seriously "worsened the patrimonial condition" of the Archdiocese of Agana.
Untalan and the others would not learn that Apuron had already "permanently restricted...the use of said property" two weeks before he fired them until the Declaration doing so was discovered at the Department of Land Management three years later.
Two years after receiving permission from the Holy See to proceed with the renovations, a project entirely overseen by then-Rector, and only recently ordained, Fr. James Benavente, Apuron would issue a decree heralding all the work Fr. James accomplished (though he doesn't mention Fr. James - now Msgr. James).
Sadly, 16 years later, Apuron would cast Msgr. James out of the Cathedral like a sack of trash and publicly condemn him for the $7 Million debt that Apuron himself had sought the Holy Father's permission to incur, even though Msgr. James had, by June 30, 2014, reduced that $7 Million debt to just $1.73 Million.
The numbers do not lie. Msgr. James worked miracles. And the more miracles he worked, the more Apuron and his evil stepchildren, Adrian and David, hated him. Sort of a church version of the Cinderella story.
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