Wednesday, August 24, 2016


The president of the Concerned Catholics of Guam (CCOG), Dave Sablan, spoke with Patti Arroyo on Guam's K57 talk radio station today.  The topic:  retrieving the Redemptoris Mater Seminary property.


  1. Rose de los Reyes (Seattle, WA)August 25, 2016 at 7:04 AM

    Superb and most informative discussion! Thank you to host Patti Arroyo and to guest David Sablan, who spoke on behalf of the CCOG. Patti was on-point with her questions, questions that many of us would have asked the CCOG. David was to-the-point with answers without flowery words and not side-tracked despite the current intermingling of problematic events and issues in the Archdiocese that could have clouded the topic at hand. Both have soothing voices --- which is very helpful when the topic of discussion raises people's ire.

    I’m also happy to learn that the CCOG is functioning with cool heads. I know Guam Catholics are fed up with all the problems that have arisen from the Archdiocese and the faithful have been living with those problems for years! The impatience and fix-things-now feelings are, under these circumstances, understandable. But cooler heads generally prevail and I’m comforted to see the cool heads at the CCOG.

    Also, on a related note, it is easy to bash the workings of the Archdiocese particularly since huge problems after another have arisen in recent years. In defense of some well-meaning and good folks who work at the Chancery (clergy and staff) it is worth noting that, with Fr. Apuron at the helm, they were working in a very dysfunctional and oppressed environment which may have discouraged their desire or ability to speak about the problems. Their conundrum was that both the source of the problem and the one who had the power to fix it was one in the same. I'm happy for work of the CCOG because, among other works, they likely express what some of the Chancery staff and many of the faithful would have expressed to the Archdiocese. Kudos to the CCOG!

  2. Thank You for a Great and Honest Discussion. I just left Guam after being there for my brother's funeral and did not have much of a chance to listen to this interview. It is so refreshing to have someone so articulate explain the whole situation in plain English. I understood every word and can totally agree with just I do with Tim Rohr! Thank You Very Much Dave Sablan! I am looking forward to more! God Bless the CCOG, Laity, and the True Katolikus on Guam!