Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Posted by Frenchie

It has been pointed out, that Archbishop Hon is an Academic, and not an Administrator.
The last seven weeks are a painful, but strong reminder that this is a truism if ever there was one.

As an Administrator, Archbishop Hon, so far is getting an F, for failure.

On the other side he has demonstrated that he is adept and somehow, fairly successful as an opiate.

Archbishop Hon's goal to dull our senses, put the faithful in a dazed fog of relativity and fake actions is in full swing.

What have we seen so far?

  • After a very slow first four weeks, where he left in place the whole Apuron administration, (despite and against canon law) giving the Neos plenty of time to circle the wagons, he made some changes "ad minima"
  • The changes were few, and made to deflect from the fact that the Neos would keep most of the important posts.
  • Archbishop Hon selected wisely for his goals:

    Fr Jeff San Nicolas, (the Delegate to the Administrator) a jovial character, with a Friar Tuck quality, he has so far bought off on the whole reconciliation thing, spending countless hours meeting with whomever is willing to listen and interact. Fr Jeff is a likeable enough fellow, who is more of a cheerleader than an administrator, but he is a perfect choice for Hon. His connections with the Alumni of FD are of course priceless for the Administrative Vicar.  He is helped by another jovial and likeable person: Fr Mike.

Fr Mike truly believes in the reconciliation, even if he is probably very frustrated by the deaf ears at the Chancery, when it comes to the nitty gritty. As a well regarded local priest, he is taking a big risk if this approach fails.

Fr Lito Abad (the Chancellor) is a different number:
So far, he was better known to organize "pilgrimages" to odd places, and go on extensive trips.
Fr Lito is the quintessential "career priest", by choosing him as Chancellor, Hon has the perfect eminence grise, who will acquiesce to basically everything Hon puts forward. Also he is a good bridge to the Filipino priests.

  • But Archbishop Hon also made some costly errors to cool down the Neos.
He kept Apuron's numbers man, Deacon Kim, who is one of the most suspect member of the administration, since he is the one keeping the books, which we can only surmise is a whole load of
explosive data.
He put a seemingly cheerful, grand father like individual, in charge of communication Msgr Bibi.
Unfortunately, we all know the double facet of Msgr Bibi, who should have retired a long time ago, but continues to triple dip unabated.
He also kept Fr Jose Rodriguez as the vice Chancellor, the person who actually runs the day to day operations.

  • By these actions Hon kept in place the infrastructure of the Neos inside the Chancery, the real power, of the daily administration, and ultimately the lock on the administration. This is in itself an insult to the Catholic community at large.

Now that we understand what has been done, we can see the dangers of the approach of Archbishop Hon.

Since the beginning, Hon has insisted on reconciliation and unity. To most of us such lofty goal cannot be reached unless justice has been served. Hence the famous no justice no peace. This is even more disconcerting since, there is obviously no intention to correct the people that are at the root of the injuries and the injustices.
The main reason for it in Hon's eyes, being, that he does not want winners and losers. Yet, by failing to recognize this as a major injustice, he contributes to the deepening of the division.

You see, days in and days out the concept of Arch. Hon has of reconciliation is very skewed.
All what he does, is done reluctantly, and with intention to limit it to a minimum.

It has been rumored for a week now, that the Archbishop has finally agreed with Fr Paul and Msgr James that they had been wronged. Nothing concrete has been shown as we read these lines.
Official letters are supposed to be in the making, and are being drafted by a Canon Lawyer.
Quitagua of course has refused to be part of the solution, so one of the other three Canon lawyers, on island is doing the job.

Archbishop HON is slowly demonstrating to us, that he lives in a different world that we do....
This is because he is staying in an Ivory Tower.
This very dangerous, for two reasons:
1) there is delusion in anybody that thinks they have THE knowledge, because of their title or position
2) That disconnect is even wider because of the fact that the people that did most of the destruction and hurt in this diocese are the ones that really continue to run the diocese.


Tomorrow the Archbishop is having his first official Press Conference. It should be very telling.
We shall see, what comes down from that Ivory Tower.
Of course there will be another call for Unity and reconciliation, but the proof shall be in the pudding.

Are we going to be fed a few bones, or is the Archbishop going to really come down among us, and share our reality?

I guess, we shall find out in a few hours.
The natives are restless, and it will take more opium to dull their senses.

As for us, we shall continue to monitor this sad and avoidable situation, with hopes and prayers that Archbishop Hon, will start realizing that we are not some feeble minds, so easily fooled, by his artifices.

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