Thursday, July 28, 2016


Timothy J. Rohr
P.O. Box 9001
Agat, GU 96928

July 28, 2016

Honorable Frank Blas Aguon, Jr.

Ste. 503 DNA Bldg
238 Archbishop Flores St. 
Hagåtña, Guam  96910          
Committee on the Guam U.S. Military Relocation, Public Safety, and Judiciary


There was no better illustration of why we need the current legislation than what we witnessed yesterday at the press conference called by Archbishop Hon Tai Fai, the Apostolic Administrator for the Archdiocese of Agana.

Despite being sent to Guam by the pope himself with direct instructions to take “urgent measures” relative to the fiasco wrought by the horrific accounts of Archbishop Anthony Apuron’s rape and molestation of young boys in the 1970’s and Apuron’s even more horrific response to those accounts, Archbishop Hon, upon officially taking charge of the diocese with an address to the Catholic Church of Guam at St. Anthony Parish on June 9, said not a word about any of this.

Later, when pressed to respond after a third and fourth alleged Apuron victim came forward, Hon made a public statement about how he was praying for both Apuron and the victims “without prejudice.” 

On June 12, Walter Denton, who accused Apuron of raping him when he was a 12 years old altar boy in Agat, stood on the steps of the Cathedral mere feet away from Archbishop Hon. A PDN news camera captured Walter asking Fr. Ted Nowak who was standing next to Hon to speak with him. Hon was addressing the demonstrators in front of the Cathedral. Nowak told Denton “No, he has to say Mass.” Then Nowak and Hon turned their backs on Denton and disappeared into the Cathedral. 

Denton and his wife decided to attend the Mass celebrated by Hon. However, according to Denton, before Mass began, Hon addressed the congregation noting that there were protestors in front of the Cathedral but that they would be gone “in two weeks.” Denton and his wife walked out of the church.

On July 1, Robert Klitzkie and Greg Perez, representing the Concerned Catholics of Guam, met with Archbishop Hon and shared with him a lengthy list of issues, including and especially mentioning his lack of attention to Apuron’s alleged victims. According to Mr. Klitzkie, Hon’s only response was to “quibble” with the word “victims” and to say “good-bye.”

For decades now, the Catholic Church has shown itself generally unwilling to police itself in the matter of the molestation of minors by Catholic clergy unless it is suddenly faced with legal and fiscal consequences. 

This is what happened on Monday, July 25, when Archbishop Hon was served the summons to defend against the complaint filed by Attorney David Lujan in behalf of his clients, the alleged victims whom Apuron subsequently and publicly libeled, slandered, and maligned. 

It is no coincidence that Hon called a press conference two days later to say that he was now going to reach out to the victims and that he was taking the allegations seriously. Given the international press Guam had during the initial phase of the allegations against Apuron, practically the whole world knew that this was why Hon was sent here. Yet it took a law suit and nearly two months for him to get around to saying so. 

Sadly, the abomination of child sex abuse has thrived in the bowels of the Catholic Church because of a culture of mutual clerical secrecy and a false hagiography attributed to the clergy by many well-intentioned laity. But most of all, as we are now seeing in the media with greater frequency, the “filth in the Church,” as Pope Benedict once termed it, can be laid at the feet of the episcopal arrogance we suffered first from Apuron and now from Hon. 

Nothing, I repeat NOTHING, seems to move these “Monarchs of the Church” to responsible action other than the very long arm of the law. And sadly, while it should be God’s law which moves them, it is not. It is laws like the one before us today. 

Senators, whether you know it or not, the whole world is watching. Go to the Flag Counter on and see the number of countries which are tuning into the drama being carried out daily in Guam. Watch the Real Time Counter and see the log ins clicking through every few seconds from every corner of the globe. Check the PageView counter and see it tick up by at least 10,000 views per day. In the Flag View Counter, check to see how often Vatican City logs in. 

Why are they watching? 

Archbishop Apuron is a member of a very powerful and well-financed international organization which has wrought similar heartache and destruction in dioceses around the world. Even now it is caring for him and hiding him as it has other disgraced clerics, most recently our own Fr. Luis Camacho who was secretly shuttled off to a diocese in the Middle East after his arrest in Guam last year. 

The fact that it is a bishop who stands accused of these horrors, and that a major figure of the Roman Curia has been assigned to Guam in his stead, has heightened world attention on what is happening right here, right now, and in this room. 

There is a chance that should this law pass and be enacted into law, that Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, one of the few bishops in the world who is a member of this organization and who is a major player in its mad scheme, will be brought to justice, and the Vatican will finally see that this hiding and moving and secreting about of those who abuse and ravage and rape our children, will not only not be tolerated, but will be pursued and prosecuted and punished by every possible legal means. 

Senators, the world is watching and waiting to see if you are ready and willing to stop these monsters. 

Tim Rohr
Resident of Agat, Guam

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  1. Bada Bing Bada Boom...Tim. Justice be served.

  2. Hey world! On the map Guam maybe difficult to find. Guam is no larger than a pencil dot although, when Guam ROARS, it's roaring can be heard all around the world. To the Senators, you all know what you gotta do.

  3. Thank you Tim for everything you have done for the victims of Neocatechumenal way around the world.
    Best regards from Croatia

  4. Tim and his so-called lying vic-tims should be sued!!!! God will being judging you, all of you

    1. First, they are survivors of Apuron. Second, why don't you take the courageous path and file the lawsuit yourself?

    2. 4:26 PM, how can you say that against overwhelming evidence that these grown men were abused by Apuron in the 70s? You must really be drugged to even implicate Tim and the victims as lying. Apuron brought this upon himself, not Tim and these men. If you are a sane person, you wonder why these individuals are putting themselves out in public to narrate horrific stories. This is not about money but to tell the truth and to achieve justice that they deserve. Making Apuron admit that he molested them and thus undeserving of the title Archbishop will bring a bit of comfort to entire lives spent doubting themselves and hiding wounds so deep while the perpetrator got accolades, wealth, unbridled extravagance, etc. Truth. Justice.

    3. Not about'' MONEY'' yeah right advertise come and lie about the bishop, and get 500,000 paid for your soul in ''Hell'' Right Tim Rohr!!