Sept 1, 2016: UPDATED with links to supporting documents
Following is the statement given to the media today regarding the Yona Property by the members of the Archdiocesan Finance Council who Apuron fired in 2012.
We, the former members of the Archdiocesan Finance Council along with Deacon Steve Martinez, who was the Finance Officer during our tenure, make the following statements.
Since we were terminated in January 2012, certain statements by Fr. Pius Sammut, current Rector of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary and the Chief Catechist of the Neo Catechumenate Way in Guam, Archbishop Apuron, Fr. Adrian Cristobal, the former Chancellor, and Fr. Edivaldo da Silva Oliveira, the former Archdiocesan Media Relations Person, all members of the Neo Catechumenal Way, that have surfaced in various public publications about the role we took in the purchase in 2002 of the property formerly known as Accion Hotel located in Yona, upon which the Redemptoris Mater Seminary (RMS) now occupies; and our role in the subsequent transfer by this archdiocese of the Yona property to the RMS corporation, a separate legal entity, controlled by the movement known as the Neo Catechumenal Way (NCW), that operates the seminary.
- Contrary to the impression created by these statements that the Yona land was
- Contrary to the statements by Fr. Pius (August 3, 2014, Pacific Daily News) that “… the
- We approved the purchase in 2002 by securing a $2.0 million loan
- The previous owner did not have a proviso that the building be
- The donor to whom Fr. Pius referred as donating the money for the
- As for the intention of the donor, in a letter to Archbishop Apuron
(Blog note: The author of the letter did not give permission to publish the letter and instead has given us a sworn affidavit as to the truthfulness of the letter's content. It can and will be used in court if necessary.)
- The theological institute to which Fr. Pius referred did not exist
- Contrary to what Fr. Pius said (KUAM, 8/24/2016), Archbishop Apuron
- There is only one person in Guam that can sign off and sell the Yona property
- The fabricated story that we tried to sell the Yona property is as far-fetched as
- Fr. Pius himself admitted that this story is false. In an email to Richard
- Statements such as “Over My Dead Body” are melodramatic and
- We would also like to correct one other misleading impression propagated by
- We can only speculate why Archbishop Apuron, Fr. Pius, Fr. Adrian, and Fr.
A copy of our statement will be forwarded to Archbishop Hon, The Apostolic Administrator, his Delegate, Fr. Jeff, and Chancellor, Fr. Lito, and members of the Presbyteral Council
Sister Mary Stephen Torres, RSM
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