Tuesday, July 26, 2016


 Posted by Robert Klitzkie
A MESSAGE BACK TO AB HON was posted on July 19
and received at the Chancery:
Dear Mr. Klitzkie,

Your item was delivered to the front desk or reception area at 10:23 am on July 28, 2016 in HAGATNA, GU 96910

Thank you for choosing YIGO MAIL,
Joe, Liz and Marysa

Let's give AB Hon ten days to reply

and here's Hon's reply.

There's nothing wrong with your computer.  Hon sent no response, so here's what it looks like:

The post included, "So write your notes to Hon in COMMENTS. I can print the post and comments then either email, mail or deliver it all to the Chancery." 85 comments later I'm ready to mail to Hon.

Mary Lou Garcia-Pereda submitted a comment that says it all. To make it easy for the Apostolic Administrator, I'm setting Mary Lou's letter out here. If Hon could abandon the clichés that he seems so fond of, Mary Lou's letter and your posts can show him the way to REAL unity. Here's the letter.

Dear Apostolic Administrator —

I am HONestly intrigued by the idea that you actually think that, by extending the Archdiocesan Annual Appeal (AAA) until the end of the calendar year you will be able to raise the goal of $250,000. If I were you, I HONestly would not hold my breath. Here is a short “history lesson” regarding the infamous Archdiocesan Annual Appeal — formerly Catholic Charities Appeal which (in its day) always surpassed its stated goals — and its recent inability to meet its stated goals …

For your information: Your predecessor Anthony Sablan Apuron — formerly the “other AAA” — did his best to have the Faithful Catholics of the archdiocese pony up funds to accommodate the living expenses of his NCW wannabe-presbyters at RMS. After a less than stellar AAA drive in 2013 which only produced $89,240.09 — you can see the graphic in the blog January 2014 post Archdiocesan Annual Appeal Update (http://www.junglewatch.info/2014/01/archdiocesan-annual-appeal-update.html) — Apuron then set the 2014 Required Collection for the 2014 AAA with the projected goal of $254,152.24. For the record, there is no way to blame low amount collected during the 2013 AAA on the Removal of Fr. Paul Gofigan in July 2013 — people were already starting to “wise up” and withhold their hard-earned funds from the AAA.

Several days after the release of the “2014 Required Collection” it was reported “<i>Upon receiving the "assessment chart" the other day at the clergy meeting, one pastor, known for his wisecracking, asked the Archbishop that if he couldn't meet the required amount, should he take out a loan. The Archbishop answered: "Yes". And he wasn't joking.”  (http://www.junglewatch.info/2014/01/he-wasnt-joking.html)

In early March 2014, in anticipation of the beginning of that year’s AAA, the 2 March 2014 edition of the U Matuna Si Yu’os published an ad for the AAA disguised as series of questions and answers about the AAA. JungleWatch provided an analysis of the ad (http://www.junglewatch.info/2014/03/appealing-appeal-and-missing-zeroes.html#more), making it abundantly clear that the majority of the funds raised were earmarked for the RMS.

Toward the latter part of March 2014 the blog published A Request to the Archdiocese of Agana for Financial Accountability (http://www.junglewatch.info/2014/03/a-request-to-archdiocese-of-agana-for.html) based on a letter written to Anthony Sablan Apuron in his role as the “other AAA.” In it, the author whose name was redacted for the post, expressed concerns regarding the AAA ad from the U Matuna Si Yu’os mentioned in the earlier paragraph. The author had sent the letter to then-blog Administrator Tim Rohr in early March. Rohr did not publish the letter until after the 21 March deadline set by the letter’s author for Apuron to respond had passed.

Two months later the 20 June post It’s Time for Financial Transparency (http://www.junglewatch.info/2014/06/it-is-time-for-financial-transparency.html) revealed that by 8 June, Pentecost Sunday 2014, the AAA had only reached 42% of the goal set by Apuron. Two days later the 22 June post Archdiocesan Annual Appeal  (http://www.junglewatch.info/2014/06/archdiocesan-annual-appeal.html) revealed that “Only Asan & Yigo meet the goal.” and that a total of $106,953.91 had been collected.

In early July 2014 there appeared a Notice in Today’s Pacific Daily News which read “NOTICE to the Most Reverend Anthony Sablan Apuron, O.F.M.Cap., D.D. Metropolitan Archbishop of Agana Today, almost all U.S. dioceses publish an annual financial report on their respective websites. IT IS TIME FOR THE ARCHDIOCESE OF AGANA TO DO THE SAME. Thus, we, the Concerned Catholics of Guam, hereby require the above noticed Archbishop, to publish annually, beginning with the fiscal year completed on June 30, 2012, an INDEPENDENT AUDITORS REPORT of the Archdiocese of Agana with the following statements:
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION: detailing assets, liabilities and net assets
STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES: detailing revenue and expenses
For the record, that was the very first time the group “Concerned Catholics of Guam” entered the conversation. Nobody knew who they were. All we knew was that there was a group demanding FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY from your predecessor.

Of course within 23 days after that ad appeared Monsignor James Benavente was removed from the Cathedral Basilica amid allegations of financial mismanagement.

Apostolic Administrator, you came on the scene in January 2015 as one of three Visitators tasked with identifying what was ailing this archdiocese. Based on the fact that the majority of individuals who were able to meet with you and your team were NCW members, you must have heard that all was well and good in the archdiocese, that only a handful of folks in “the jungle” were unhappy with Anthony Sablan Apuron. You left the island giving Apuron the task of healing and reconciliation.

The 2015 AAA continued with dismal results as documented in the mid-June 2015 post The Charade Continues (http://www.junglewatch.info/2015/06/the-charade-continues.html) which noted that a total of $79,834 had been collected with another $20,190 “pledged” as well as the fact that “Pentecost Sunday, the official "end" of the Appeal was May 24” but the collections continued.

So here we are in July 2016 with Apuron still on record as the Archbishop and you are here as Apostolic Administrator. One would think that after the committees that you have formed … after all the meetings you have convened … all the song and dance about Serenity, Harmony and Unity … you would have finally realized that the Faithful Catholics of Guam are HONestly SICK AND TIRED of the AAA and WE’RE NOT DROPPING A SINGLE PENNY into your outstretched hand.

But Nooooooo — what do you do??? You extend the AAA to the <b>end of the year</b> as though that will make a difference. And what are you going to do when you still come up short? Are you going to start the 2017 AAA on 1 January 2017?

How about if you:
REACH OUT to the Sex Abuse Survivors of your predecessor Apuron, providing the support and means of healing that have been denied to them …
RESTORE Fr. Paul Gofigan and Monsignor James Benavente to their respective positions as pastors …
RETURN the Redemptoris Mater Seminary to the patrimony of the Archdiocese of Agana as well as ensure that the facility meets the standards of seminaries worldwide and is not just a factory for malformed presbyters …
REMOVE the possibility of having Anthony Sablan Apuron return as archbishop …
• RESPOND to the March 2014 and July 2014 requests for Financial Transparency with INDEPENDENT AUDITORS REPORT — not a repeat of the song and dance that Deacon Kim tried to do for Nuncio Martin Krebs during his July 2014 visit, not a smoke and mirrors performance by the “trained Lawyer” …

If you ACT on the above mentioned items — and other instead of issuing your weekly messages with veiled implications that Anthony Sablan Apuron will be returning, you will see how readily the Catholic Faithful will respond to the AAA ßIF the money will support the AUTHENTIC FORMATION of young men like Aaron Quitugua and others at REAL (Non-NCW) Seminaries.

We are a generous people but we will keep our wallets closed as long as your continue to demonstrate your unwavering support for all things associated with the NeoCatechumenal Way.


Mary Lou Garcia-Pereda

Archbishop Hon, you can email your response to me for posting. Liza has my email address.  


  1. Might I add, Hon needs to say something about the NCW. Does he support them? Does he see a need for reform? Does he agree that their liturgies are illicit? Is he happy with their structure; with their (secret) catechesis; with their handing of money?

    1. The bigger question, is Hon walking in the Way? All indications seem to suggest that he is more than sympathetic to the NCW.

  2. Mary Lou - Fantastic synopsis of the fiasco of the Annual Archdiocesan Appeal. Every aficionado following this story should bookmark this site (hopefully containing future comments to follow). I can see that a lot of research went into your writing, as you were quoting dates, amounts, and informational sources (and sites) not at random, but methodically. KUDOS and THANK YOU.

    I, too, had sent a couple of suggestions as to what AB Hon could do to demonstrate and prove that he is doing something productive. I sent my writing to him via email to the Chancery Secretary (Lisa) to forward to AB Hon, as I do not have Hon's email address. My score of replies received: "0 to 10"! BTW, why doesn't Hon give us his email address? Is he such a big-shot? We even have our Papal Nuncio's email address; why not Hon's? Then we can communicate DIRECTLY to him! Bob Klitzkie's suggestion to compile comments made to Hon on JW to forward same to Hon is another fantastic idea! Thanks, Bob! This way, we know that when we write to him, or about him, in JW, we know that Hon will be reading it!

    How can we more effectively get the word out to our people to STOP THE MONEY (NA-PARA I SALAPE). If the people will only effectively STOP THE MONEY, we certainly will starve out the beast!

    Good job, Mary Lou. Proud of you. (jrsa: 7/26/16)

  3. The letter was mailed, certified return receipt requested, at 1330. I'll post Hon's response. Don't hold your breath though.

  4. Thanks for the history of the AAA, Mary Lou! Maybe Apostolic Administrator Hon will now believe that the shortfall for the appeal is with merit, after all, and definitely from a lack of will of the faithful. It isn't just about Apuron.

  5. Post this letter in the Guam PDN voice of the people.

    1. Mary Lou's letter would make a great Op/Ed wouldn't it.

    2. Mary Lou Garcia-PeredaJuly 27, 2016 at 7:27 AM

      Thank you, Anonymous at 7:01 PM and Bob at 5:58 AM — I will "tweak" the text because PDN's policy indicates that "Letters must be previously unpublished, including on the internet" PLUS my letter far exceeds the 300 or fewer words for letters and/or 550 or fewer words for an Op/Ed column.

    3. Good, Mary Lou. Letters like yours are essential to the dissemination of the truth.

  6. Mary Lou excellent letter to Hon. I see he has some legal issues to address..LOL

  7. Dear Mr. Klitzkie,

    Your item was delivered to the front desk or reception area at 10:23 am on July 28, 2016 in HAGATNA, GU 96910
    Thank you for choosing YIGO MAIL,
    Joe, Liz and Marysa

    Let's give AB Hon until 8 August to respond.

  8. Dear Mr. Klitzkie,

    Your item was delivered to the front desk or reception area at 10:23 am on July 28, 2016 in HAGATNA, GU 96910

    Thank you for choosing YIGO MAIL,
    Joe, Liz and Marysa

    Let's give AB Hon ten days to reply