Today, we shall compare the Academic Programs of both the RMS Guam and St Patrick Seminary, where our priests used to be educated, prior to the take over of the vocations by the Neos, under failed Archbishop Apuron, and with the full participation of Pius, Quitagua and Cristobal.
St Patrick Seminary:
The academic curriculum of St Patrick Seminary and University teaches Roman Catholic Theology from an integrated perspective. The primary goal of the curriculum is to help the students bring together all the aspects of the formation with a view to readiness for pastoral ministry in the Church.
Thus all the theological courses incorporate the following themes.
- The Church as the People of God
- The Church as a community of Word and Sacrament, with a special emphasis on the Eucharist.
- The role of the priest as minister of Word and Sacrament
- The prophetic call to social justice and its implications for contemporary living
- Ecumenism and the promotion of understanding of and respect for other faiths.
- The importance of family life and the dignity of the human person as the human basis for society.
- The implications of living in a multicultural Church and World
These seven themes, which apply in all dimensions of the curriculum are interwoven throughout the students theological studies in order to provide a vision of the future and to help form priests with a truly "Catholic" vision of the world.
The Redemptoris Mater Seminary of Guam forms priesthood candidates holistically for the new evangelization in Guam, in the Pacific Region and the entire World. The Catholic Theological Institute for Oceania provides these candidates with their intellectual and theological formation.
This is the extent of the information provided on the RMS Guam. You have to go to the international site of RMS to find the following.
In the seminaries, the candidates for the priesthood find in their participation in the Neocatechumenal Way a specific element of their Christian formative itinerary and, at the same time, are prepared for a
"genuine presbyteral choice of service to the entire People of God in fraternal communion of the presbyterate.
Under the Catholic theological institute for Oceania, which is the cover institution, which is supposed to provide the education of said seminarians we also find the following.
The Philosophical and Theological studies will be carried out by the candidates at the Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores Catholic Theological Institute for Oceania, according to the Ratio Studiorum for the Seminary studies. Those disciplines and optional subjects that are most useful for the service of the new evangelization will be emphasized. The Catholic Theological Institute, Blessed Diego de San Vitores for Oceania is under the direct jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Agana.
Saint Patrick Seminary:
The following Academic programs are proposed:
- BA DEGREE COMPLETION
- STB (sacred theology Bachelor)
- M. Div
- Pastoral year and Field Ed.
The following Academic programs are proposed at RMS Guam
Philosophy: " The cycle of Philosophy is equivalent to a degree of Bachelor of Philosophy.
Theology: " The cycle of Theology is equivalent to a degree of Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB)"
Yet at the same time, you find in the conditional extension of the Affiliation of the Theological Catholic Institute for Oceania, to the Lateran University the following:
"Pro numere hoc Decreto ad alterum quinquenium contituit declaratque, collata Facultati potestate academicum Sacrae Theologiae BACCALAUREATUS gradum iis alumnis conferendi qui ,
praescriptum studiorum curriculum feliciter emensi. (can 250 C.I.C.)"
Which in English means: In stead of the number of this decree, declare appointed for another 5 years to the Faculty the power to confer the Academic degree of Baccalaureate of Theology to those who successfully pass the prescribed curriculum and the special exam. (canon 250 C.I.C.) (this was back in 2012, but we have strong indication that this was suspended after the visit of the Rector of the Lateran in 2014)
Comparing the two institutions, it is obvious that we are comparing apples and oranges. Our so called seminary is only authorized (and this needs to be verified) to confer a Baccalaureate of Theology. ( which was already confirmed to Junee Valencia, when he was trying to figure out his options), while St Patrick Seminary and University is providing Pre Theology, Bachelor of Art, Bachelor in Sacred Theology, Master of Art in Theology and Master in Divinity.
They also propose a continued education program for the already ordained ministers, and have a full fledge language program.
Candidates for the priesthood graduating from St Patrick, come out for ordination with at least one Master in Theology or in Divinity or Both.
Candidates for presbyters graduating from RMS Guam (here we have to give them the benefit of the doubt that they actually graduated, in view of the opacity of the whole operation), come out for ordination with a Baccalaureate in Theology. Which means, that if they wanted to enroll at St Patrick they would have to continue to graduate for a Bachelor.
Sadly our failed Archbishop lied to us for years, in order to raise funds for his seminary, which in fact appears to be only a shell of an institution, where the poor seminarians are not studying much of anything.
More to come.