Friday, April 15, 2016


Wow! That's pretty good. The lead story on PNC twice in a row. Yesterday Bob Klitzkie pigeon-holing the AG on the screwy title issue and today Steve Martinez calling out the bad boys on the hill!

Deacon Steve Martinez was the former sexual abuse response coordinator for the Archdiocese of Agana.
Guam - In light of the recent controversy regarding Father Luis Camacho who’s now in Qatar, we sat down with Deacon Steve Martinez, the former sex abuse response coordinator for the Archdiocese of Agana, to get his thoughts on the situation.
It was just about a year ago when Father Luis Camacho was arrested by police and charged with custodial interference. He was accused of picking up a 17-year-old student without her parents’ or the school’s permission and then taking her to a secluded beach.
Although police never charged Father Luis with sexual misconduct because the minor was of the age of consent, allegations surfaced that Father Luis and the student did engage in sexual contact. Deacon Steve Martinez was the former sex abuse response coordinator for the Archdiocese of Agana.

"If they’ve been conducting their investigation based on solely custodial interference, it’s a dog chasing its tail going in the wrong direction," says Deacon Steve.
The Archdiocese of Agana launched a canonical investigation as Father Luis resigned as priest of the Merizo and Umatac churches. Then a year went by and no one had heard from him. He seemed to disappear--until recently when he popped up at a church in Qatar scheduled to host a youth retreat at the end of this month.

PNC: "Do you think it's appropriate for someone like him to be in the position he is in now?"
Deacon Steve: "It’s really not a matter of my own personal opinion, it is the church guidelines that we should be following. The church says that while an individual is under investigation and if it appears to be credible, they should be removed form ministry."

In response to the Catholic outcry over Father Luis' sudden position in Qatar, the Archdiocese yesterday issued a statement saying Father Luis is still a priest of the Archdiocese of Agana. The statement notes that the investigation is still ongoing, however, it also says that Archbishop Anthony Apuron applied precautionary measures and asked Father Luis to resign last year. The statement, issued by Archdiocese Spokesperson Father Adrian Cristobal, also notes that Father Luis was never accused of sexual misconduct. However, Deacon Steve points out that a formal complaint was filed with the Archbishop with the allegations of sexual abuse.
"So the archbishop required his removal as pastor. If the investigation is still ongoing, the question is why has it taken 13 months to determine and how can you conduct an investigation when the accused is half a world away," he points out.
Some in the community have come to Father Luis’ defense, pointing out that because the minor was 17 and the age of consent, no crime was committed.
"But church law is completely different and very clear. According to the sex abuse policy, any sexual contact with a child is sexual abuse," says Deacon Steve.
PNC: "Is there an age limit?"
Deacon Steve: "Yes and it's very clearly spelled out that the age of a child is under 18. There's no exemption for age of consent ot anything like that. So the fact that the government chose not to follow its track is, that’s their decision to make but the church is bound to follow its own requirements."

Deacon Steve also points out that even if the student were already 18 years old, because she was a parishioner of Father Luis’ church and an altar server, Father Luis was in a position of trust and therefore any sexual contact would still be considered sexual exploitation, which has the same consequences and punishment as sexual abuse in the church’s policy.
"But more important than that, how about harm to children that this is happening to? And to push a priest from one to another is like saying Guam doesn’t have room for another murderer so let’s give them a one way ticket to Hawaii and then we don’t have to worry about him," he says. "It’s pretty egregious."


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    1. Great interview Deacon Steve! These guys keep piling ice cream on their pile of lies.
      I am a bit confused though, because the Baling Bishop said of Baby Luis, "I am now his Bishop..." So Adrian says Luis is still a priest of our Diocese. Which is it? Is Baby Luis just detailed to Qatar?

  2. A canonical investigation under this Archbishop is tantamount to a coverup. luis is guilty, guilty, guilty of sexual abuse. In law there's a saying that truth is its own defense. Covering up could be a greater crime. Maybe it's time we all start our own churches. It's not that difficult under the U.S. Constitution's guaranteed separation of Church and State.

  3. Thank You Deacon Steve
    You demonstrate character and integrity that should imitated...

    “Man of God” is the description given to a man that follows God in every way, who obeys His commands with joy, who does not live for the things of this life but for the things of eternity, who willingly serves his God in giving freely of all his resources yet gladly suffers as a consequence of his faith.

    Perhaps Micah 6:8 sums up the man of God in one neat verse: “He has showed you, O man, what is good.

    And what does the Lord require of you?
    To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

    You're in My Prayers...

    Your brother in Christ

  4. Si Yu'os Maase Deacon Steve! Guam's Catholics are blessed to have you, a true man of God. May the Holy Spirit continue to inspire you and guide you, and Saint Michael the Archangel protect you in this battle to preserve God's one true Church. You are in my prayers.

  5. God bless you and your family, Deacon Steve.

  6. Janet B - MangilaoApril 15, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    Deacon Steve was being very kind. Adrianne told the world it was only a complaint about custodial interference and it was never about sex abuse.

    Lol. Adrian caught in another lie! If I were being interviewed I would have looked straight at the camera and told Adrian he is a liar.

    Imagine that with all the troubles the world wide church has had with the scandal of sex abuse and the idiots on the hill still can't get it right.

    Hey idiots - what's so hard about saying " This priest did something very wrong and here is how we are handling the matter. We are following all our policies. "

    Instead, the idiots give us one more opportunity to display to the world how truly messed up our church on Guam is.

    Tony - please stay there in San Francisco. JQ can stroke you and make you feel all better.

  7. Deacon Steve, you're a man of integrity and courage! May the Holy Spirit fortify you for the battle! You are in our prayers!
    To Adrian and the goons on the hill, time to seek refuge with Kiko, maybe in Qatar!