Thursday, December 1, 2016

ARCHDIOCESE OF AGANA IN THE NEWS

THE LATEST NEWS. UPDATED DAILY.

December 1, 2016. PACIFIC DAILY NEWS
Archbishop Byrnes to Guam: ‘I belong to you, I’m one of yours’
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December 1, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Byrnes: 'There is a lot of hope' for Church
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November 30, 2016. PNC
Guam welcomes new Archbishop Michael Byrnes at historic mass
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November 30, 2016. KUAM
Archbishop Byrnes tells Guam "I belong to you"
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November 30, 2016. PNC
Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Byrnes addresses Catholic church's blemished past
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November 30, 2016. KUAM
New archbishop will meet with seminary officials
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November 30, 2016. PACIFIC DAILY NEWS
10th sex abuse lawsuit against priest, archdiocese
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November 30, 2016. PACIFIC DAILY NEWS
Several archbishops, bishops on Guam for Byrnes' first public events
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November 30, 2016. PACIFIC DAILY NEWS
What you need to know Wednesday, Nov. 30
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November 30, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Looking back with Hon
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November 29, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Tenth victim files sex abuse complaint
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November 28, 2016. KUAM
Hon returning to Rome
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November 28, 2016. PACIFIC DAILY NEWS
Nine Guam priests with sex abuse allegations
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November 28, 2016. PACIFIC DAILY NEWS
Byrnes: Restore Guam as 'jewel of faith' in Pacific
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November 28, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
New coadjutor archbishop pledges to bridge divides
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November 28, 2016. PNC
New archbishop arrives, prepares for permanent leadership
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November 28, 2016. PACIFIC DAILY NEWS
Apuron's canonical trial now ongoing, Byrnes says
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November 28, 2016. PNC
Archbishop Apuron's trial entering its second phase in Rome
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November 27, 2016. PACIFIC DAILY NEWS
OUR VIEW: Community welcomes Byrnes' arrival, looks to heal
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November 26, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Byrnes files complaint in Superior Court
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November 26, 2016. KUAM
Archdiocese promises to tend to flock
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November 25, 2016. KUAM
Island anxiously anticipating arrival of Bishop Byrnes
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November 25, 2016. PNC
New Guam archbishop set to arrive Monday, Nov. 28
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November 25, 2016. PNC
Two more lawsuits filed against the church
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November 25, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Two new complaints
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November 23, 2016. KUAM
Guam's new bishop files documents in court
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November 22, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Eusebio: Nuns knew all along
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November 21, 2016. KUAM
Eusebio attempts to debunk Mother Superior's statements VIDEO here
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November 21, 2016. PNC
Former RMS chair defends against Carmelite nun's assertions
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November 21, 2016. PDN
Pro-Apuron group slams Carmelite nuns over seminary
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November 21, 2016. PDN
Church apologizes to new Apuron, Brouillard accusers
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November 21, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Protests continue strong
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November 21, 2016. PDN
OUR VIEW: Byrnes' actions with seminary provide clarity
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November 20, 2016. PDN
Byrnes cuts seminary’s ties to Neocatechumenal Way
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November 20, 2016. PDN
Guam's Filipino community reacts to Apuron
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November 19, 2016. PDN
Archdiocese thanks, apologizes to Carmelite nuns
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November 19, 2016. PDN
OUR VIEW: Carmelite nuns contributed to island community; they will be missed
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November 18, 2016. KUAM
Archdiocese offers prayers for victims
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November 18, 2016. PDN
3 more sex abuse lawsuits filed against Apuron, Brouillard, archdiocese
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November 18, 2016. PDN
OUR VIEW: Church officials should adopt plan to address child sex abuse
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November 18, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Three more lawsuits
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November 17, 2016. KUAM
Archbishop Hon apologizes to Carmelite Sisters
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November 17, 2016. KUAM
Three more cases allege sex abuse by Guam clergy
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November 17, 2016. PNC
3 new sex abuse lawsuits filed against Archdiocese
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November 17, 2016. PDN
Archdiocese urged to consider 7-point plan to address child sexual abuse
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November 17, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Judge recuses herself from sex abuse case
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November 16, 2016. PNC
Mother Dawn Marie with Patti Arroyo
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November 16, 2016. PNC
Mother Dawn says life was threatened after she dropped Apuron bombshell
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November 16, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Court unable to serve Apuron
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November 16, 2016. KUAM
Concerned Catholics react to decision about seminary
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November 15, 2016. KUAM
Archdiocese takes back control of seminary
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November 15, 2016. PNC
Carmelite Prioress: Apuron pressured my order to lie about Yona Seminary purchase
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November 15, 2016. KUAM VIDEO
Mother Superior explains why Carmelite Monastery closed
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November 15, 2016. PNC
Archbishop Byrnes abolishes RMS board; returns property to Archdiocese
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November 15, 2016. PDN
Archdiocese takes back Yona seminary
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November 15, 2016. PDN FACEBOOK PAGE
Archdiocese press conference regarding transfer of Yona property back to the Archdiocese of Agana
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November 15, 2016. PDN
Nun: We did not want to lie for Apuron, Sammut over Yona seminary property
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November 15, 2016. PDN
Carmelite Sisters no longer on Guam
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November 15, 2016. KUAM
Mother superior drops bombshell about Yona seminary
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November 15, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Byrnes rescinds restriction

November 15, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
'Toxic environment'

November 15, 2016. KUAM
Judge Sukola recuses herself from church sex abuse case

November 14, 2016. PNC
Apuron's attorney responds to libel lawsuit; asks for dismissal

November 14, 2016. PDN
Events set for Guam’s next archbishop
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November 14, 2016. KUAM
New documents filed in church lawsuit

November 14, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
CCOG: Deadline to take back RMS approaching
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November 13, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Brouillard: Church officials knew
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November 11, 2016. PDN
Guam clergy thanks pope for Byrnes’ appointment
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November 10, 2016. PDN
Retired priest: Catholic church knew of Guam sex abuses for decades
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November 9, 2016. PDN
Hon: Archbishop Byrnes not an outsider
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November 9, 2016. PDN
Pope appoints new coadjutor archbishop who could replace Apuron

November 6, 2016. UMATUNA
Statement from Archdiocese of Agana regarding Nov. 1, 2016 lawsuit filings

November 4, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
An interview with Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Byrnes
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November 3, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Apuron expresses support for Byrnes

November 2, 2016. PDN
Archbishop Apuron welcomes successor's appointment

November 2, 2016. MARIANAS VARIETY
Former altar boys sue Guam archbishop

November 1, 2016. PDN
Four sue Archdiocese of Agana, Apuron, Brouillard over sex abuse allegations

November 1, 2016. KUAM
Canonical trial will be held in Vatican for Apuron

November 1, 2016. KUAM
Accusers file civil lawsuit against Archbishop Apuron, Father Brouillard

October 17, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Catholic lay organizations prepare for legal action on Yona property

October 6, 2016. DAILY POST
Archdiocese names finance council members

October 6, 2016. PDN
Church names 9 to council, braces for possible lawsuits

October 6, 2016. PNC
Archdiocese introduces new members of Archdiocesan Finance Council

October 6, 2016. KUAM
Archdiocese discusses reconstituting of Archdiocesan Finance Council


October 5, 2016. KUAM
Catholic Cemeteries board member isn't backing down

October 5, 2016. PDN
Catholic Cemeteries board secretary fires back at archdiocese

October 5, 2016. PNC
Attorney Jacque Terlaje: I will not withdraw complaint against Msgr. James
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October 4, 2016. DAILY POST
Hon calls for resignations in cemeteries board
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October 4, 2016. PDN
Archdiocese: Catholic Cemeteries board complaint invalid; members should resign
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October 4, 2016. PDN
Archdiocese to beef up finance council, prepares for possible lawsuits
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October 3, 2016. KUAM
Church reconstituting Archdiocesan Finance Council
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October 3, 2016. KUAM
Victims celebrate passage of Bill 326, but say they're far from done
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October 3, 2016. PDN
Archdiocese holds briefing on appointed priests, sexual abuse lawsuits
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October 3, 2016. PNC
No sex abuse lawsuits yet but there are rumors, says archdiocese
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October 3, 2016. PNC
Archbishop Hon demands catholic cemeteries board resign over 'baseless allegations'
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October 2, 2016. DAILY POST
Archbishop Hon clears Benavente of wrongdoing
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October 2, 2016. DAILY POST
Complaint filed against Monsignor Benavente
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Octoberr 1, 2016. PDN
Hon clears Monsignor Benavente of financial mismanagement; new allegations arise
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October 1, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Complaint filed against Monsignor Benavente
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October 1, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Archbishop Hon clears Benavente of wrongdoing
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September 30, 2016. KUAM
Archdiocese issues statement after news of complaint about finances
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September 30, 2016. PNC
Archbishop Hon rebukes complaint against Msgr. James
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September 30, 2016. KUAM
Complaint filed with GPD and AG regarding Monsignor James Benavente
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September 30, 2016. PNC
Complaint filed against Msgr. James moments after he was cleared
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September 30, 2016. KUAM
Monsignor Benavente "grateful for the vindication"
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September 30, 2016. KUAM
Monsignor James Benavente cleared of allegations
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September 30, 2016. PNC
Archbishop Hon clears Msgr. James Benavente of wrongdoing
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September 30, 2016. PNC
Vatican now assembling trial court for Archbishop Apuron
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September 30, 2016. KUAM
Vatican preparing to hold canonical trial for Apuron
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September 30, 2016. PDN
Archdiocese official: Apuron’s canonical trial being prepared
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September 30, 2016. PDN
Archdiocese clears Monsignor Benavente
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September 27, 2016. PDN
Texas firm makes inquiry over ex-priest and alleged rapist John Sutton
A Dallas, Texas-based law firm is reaching out to anyone who has information about a Catholic priest who worked on Guam from 1971 to 1974 and who last year was accused by a man of raping him repeatedly when he was a student in Texas. CONTINUED

September 27, 2016. PDN
Catholic church reaches out to anyone with knowledge of clergy sex abuse
The island's Catholic church has issued a new statement, encouraging anyone who knows about sexual abuse by clergy or others in the Archdiocese of Agana “today or in the past” to contact the church’s sexual abuse response coordinator. CONTINUED

September 28, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Santos retires Silent No More sign
During a sobering ceremony at the Guam Veterans Cemetery in Piti yesterday, Silent No More founder Joe Santos retired the sign he had been displaying on the back of his pickup truck since June. Together with Sens. Frank Blas Jr. and Frank Aguon Jr., Santos removed the iconic sign from the be… CONTINUED

September 28, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Child sex abuse bill opponent responds to new law
As Catholic lay protestors hail the signing of Bill 326-33 into Public Law 33-187 as a moral victory, others in the community have not been so quick to embrace the new law. CONTINUED

September 27, 2016. KUAM
Silent No More founder keeps promise, now that bill is passed
Founder of the Silent No More Movement Joe Santos has made good on his promise. In a solemn ceremony held Tuesday morning at Veterans Cemetary in Piti, Santos removed the now iconic "Silent No More" sign he placed on his truck months ago when he started his petition to lift the civil statute of limitations on child sex abuse. CONTINUED

September 27, 2016. PNC
"Silent No More" sign no longer needed

September 26, 2016. KUAM
Victims celebrate passage of Bill 326, but say they're far from done
It's a law that opposers have said could potentially bankrupt the local Catholic Church. While others say it's a step toward healing for victims of child sexual abuse. Late Friday afternoon, Governor Eddie Calvo put pen to paper and signed the highly-controversial Bill 326 into law. While the church braces for doomsday, survivors celebrate. CONTINUED

September 26, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Church protest grows
About 150 Catholic activists – the most so far – turned out yesterday morning for the weekly protests held outside the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagåtña. Stretching to the driveways on both ends of the walkway in front of the cathedral, protestors were stalled at multiple segments of the picket line as they adjusted to the unprecedented turnout.

September 26, 2016 PDN
Pesch: What happens after child sex abuse bill becomes law

September 23, 2016. PNC
Archdiocese responds to signing of bill 326; thanks governor and senators

September 24, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Calvo signs sex abuse bill
Bill 326-33 has been signed into law by Gov. Eddie Calvo, opening the door for civil action against perpetrators of child sex abuse. The governor, in a lengthy letter, detailed his reasoning for signing the bill. CONTINUED

September 23, 2016. KUAM
Governor Calvo signs Bill 326 into public law
The highly-controversial legislation that's predicted to force the church into bankruptcy has been signed into public law by Governor Eddie Calvo. Bill 326 lifts the civil statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases.  

September 23, 2016. PNC
Governor signs bill 326 into law
Guam - Governor Eddie Calvo signed bill 326 into Public Law 33-187, opening the door for victims and survivors of child sex abuse to go after their perpetrators and the institutions that protected them through civil litigation.

September 23, 2016. PDN
New law allows child sex abuse victims to sue abusers and their institutions
Gov. Eddie B. Calvo signed into law Friday afternoon a controversial bill that would allow victims of child sex abuse to sue their abusers and the institutions with which they are associated, at any time.

September 23, 2016. KUAM
Neocatechumenal Way moratorium proposal under review
A proposal to place a moratorium on the Neocatechumenal Way is now in the hands of apostolic administrator Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai for review. According to Father Mike Crisostomo of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Toto, he submitted his proposal to Hon on Thursday during a Presbyteral Council meeting.

September 23, 2016. PDN
OUR VIEW: With new abuse law, community must come together
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September 23, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
'Do the right thing'
Deadline today for governor's action on child sex abuse bill
As the Friday deadline for the governor's action on Bill 326-33 draws close, proponents of the sex abuse legislation urged Gov. Eddie Calvo to sign the bill into law as a matter of moral necessity.
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September 22, 2016. PDN
Opposition to child sex bill delivers petitions to Adelup
Petitions signed by Guam residents asking Gov. Eddie Calvo to veto Bill 326-33 were delivered to the governor's office in Adelup yesterday. CONTINUED

September 22, 2016. PDN
Apuron accuser urges governor to sign bill
Roland Sondia said removing the statute of limitations on child sex abuse lawsuits is not about money, but about holding the Catholic church accountable. CONTINUED

September 22, 2016. KUAM
Blogger Tim Rohr pulls no punches when speaking about church schism
One of the most outspoken critics of Archbishop Anthony Apuron and the Neocatechumenal Way spoke before the Rotary Club. Tim Rohr laid out his view of the complex controversy now gripping the local church. CONTINUED

September 22, 2016. KUAM
Will Calvo veto Bill 326?
Friday is the deadline for Governor Eddie Calvo to take action on highly controversial legislation. Bill 326 seeks to lift the civil statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases. Advocates say the bill gives justice to survivors of abuse while critics worry about the potentially crippling consequences the bill could have not only on the church, but Catholic schools and other church services. CONTINUED

Septemer 22, 2016. KUAM
Hon says he voiced Guam's concerns to Vatican
Fresh off the plane, KUAM News got an exclusive interview with apostolic administrator Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai, who arrived at the Guam International Airport early Thursday morning. Hon was in Rome to attend a seminar for new bishops as well as give the Holy See a status report on the Archdiocese of Agana. CONTINUED

September 21, 2016. PNC
Priest proposes moratorium on neocatechumenal movement
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September 21, 2016. PNC
Archdiocese delivers petition to veto sex crimes bill with 4,500 signatures
The Archdiocese of Agana says the church will go bankrupt if bill 326 is passed into law. Guam - The Archdiocese of Agana collected a total of 4,500 signatures for a petition calling on Governor Eddie ... CONTINUED

September 21, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Catholic group criticizes Hon, supports Apuron
A new organization purporting to support Archbishop Anthony Apuron has been established and is making itself known. CONTINUED

September 21, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Church defends opposition to bill
In an emotionally wrought address to media, lay organizations and members of the clergy, Rev. Jeff San Nicolas read from a statement in which … CONTINUED

September 21, 2016. KUAM
Priest proposing moratorium on Neocatechumenal Way
One member of the Archdiocese of Agana's Presbyteral Council is going to propose placing a moratorium on the Neocatechumenal Way. In a phone interview with KUAM News, Father Mike Crisostomo of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Toto says the council may meet on Thursday, following the return of apostolic administrator Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai to Guam.   CONTINUED

September 21, 2016. KUAM
Petition asking governor veto Bill 326 arrives at Adelup
A petition circulated by the Archdiocese of Agana to veto Bill 326 is officially in the hands of the governor. According to a release from the church, the petition contained over 4,500 signatures that were collected in the last four days.  CONTINUED

September 21, 2016. KUAM
Eusebio: Neocatechumenal Way "made out to be the Boogeyman"
A longtime member of the Neocatechumenal Way is speaking-out following allegations made by Father Jeff San Nicolas at a press conference on Tuesday. Father Jeff believes the NCW is pushing their agenda and interests, to the detriment of other Catholics. CONTINUED

September 21, 2016. PDN
Pro-Apuron group leader says Neocatechumenal Way not to blame for church's problems
Dr. Ricardo B. Eusebio, president of I Familian Mangatoliku Siha Pari Si Apuron or Catholic Families for Apuron, on Wednesday said the Neocatechumenal Way should not be blamed for everything that is going wrong with the local church. CONTINUED

September 21, 2016. KUAM
Archbishop Hon set to return to Guam from Rome
Apostolic administrator Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai is anticipated to make his return to the island on Thursday. As we've been reporting, Guam's interim archbishop was appointed to Guam in June while Archbishop Anthony Apuron was placed on leave amid allegations of child sex abuse. CONTINUED

September 21, 2016. PDN
Alleged priest sex abuse victims to governor: Do the right thing, sign Bill 326-33
Father Jeff San Nicolas, representing the Archdiocese of Agana, said the church isn't seeking to protect child sexual abusers of any kind. CONTINUED

September 20, 2016. PNC
Father San Nicolas says he disobeyed superiors, releases RMS report
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September 20, 2016. PNC
RMS Visitation Report
Archdiocese releases Ad Hoc report on Redemptoris Mater Seminary  ... CONTINUED

September 20, 2016. PNC
Alleged victims say they will pursue civil action if bill 326 is signed into law
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September 20, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Rohr 'apologizes' to senators for clergy remarks
In a letter addressed to members of the 33rd Guam Legislature, Tim Rohr offered an "apology" to the senators for statements allegedly made by … CONTINUED

September 20, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Lift the statute of limitations on child sex abuse
Gov. Eddie Calvo should sign Bill 326, the measure, which passed the Guam Legislature unanimously that would lift the statute of limitations o… CONTINUED


September 20, 2016. PDN
Priest: Apuron arrogantly empowered Neocatechumenal Way
Father Jeff San Nicolas said Archbishop Anthony Apuron empowered the Neocatechumenal Way’s leadership even as credible accusations of child sexual abuse arose against him. CONTINUED

September 20, 2016. PDN
Priest: "Beginning of more revelations to come"
The Rev. Mike Crisostomo said Archbishop Anthony Apuron is innocent of child sex abuse allegations till proven guilty. Crisostomo believes more will be revealed about Guam's Catholic churches before healing begins. CONTINUED

September 20, 2016. KUAM
Archdiocese sending De Plata's allegations to Rome
The Archdiocese of Agana is forwarding the latest allegations made by Ramon Afaisen De Plata to Rome as part of the investigation into Archbishop Anthony Apuron. On Monday De Plata went public, stating he not only witnessed, but fell victim to child sex abuse in the Church. CONTINUED

September 20, 2016. KUAM
Priest emotional when detailing how archdiocese isn't calling the shots
It was an emotional morning for Father Jeff San Nicolas as he addressed the press and a room full of concerned Catholics on Tuesday morning. Although it was anticipated that he was to speak on the Archdiocese of Agana's recent stance on Bill 326 and the legislation's potentially crippling effects to the church, Catholic schools, and other church services, he instead disclosed a harsh reality: that the local archdiocese isn't calling the shots. CONTINUED

September 20, 2016. PDN
Archdiocese of Agana holds press conference
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September 20, 2016. PDN
Archdiocese official speaks on sex abuse bill, Neocatechumenal Way
The Archdiocese of Agana held a press conference today to address its concerns related to the recent passage of Bill 326-33. CONTINUED

September 20, 2016. PDN
Archdiocese says Neocatechumenal Way interferes with Guam church
A top official of Guam's Catholic church said the leadership of the Neocatechumenal Way, both here and internationally, has been advancing the group's interests to the detriment of other Catholics on Guam. CONTINUED

September 20, 2016. PDN
Former senator reacts to archdiocese press conference
Former Sen. Robert Klitzkie said the Archdiocese of Agana's reason to oppose a bill to lift statute of limitations on childhood sex abuse lawsuits is disingenuous. CONTINUED

September 20, 2016. PDN
Archdiocese: Statute of limitations bill will bankrupt church
Father Jeff San Nicolas, representing the Archdiocese of Agana, said the church isn't seeking to protect child sexual abusers of any kind. CONTINUED

September 20, 2016. KUAM
Group pushing petition to veto Bill 326
The head of Catholic Families for Apuron, Dr. Ricardo Eusebio, is urging the community to sign the petition to veto Bill 326 - but not because he's worried about the church going bankrupt. Instead, he thinks the bill doesn't do enough. CONTINUED

September 20, 2016. PDN
Silent No More founder speaks on Archdiocese's stand
Joe Santos, Silent No More movement founder, expresses his disappointment that Archdiocese of Agana seems to place the importance of church assets ahead of the needs of alleged victims of child sexual abuse, during a press conference in Hagåtña. CONTINUED

September 19, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Hon calls for veto of sex abuse bill
In a statement read at Catholic Masses throughout Guam yesterday, Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai, apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of … CONTINUED

September 19, 2016. PDN
Group defends Guam Archbishop Apuron; others support sex abuse bill
A group of local Catholics has stepped forward to defend Guam Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron, saying he is being treated as if he already was found guilty of abusing altar boys. CONTINUED

September 19, 2016. KUAM
Clergy worried legislation could bankrupt Guam's Catholic church
While Bill 326 is intended to give justice to survivors of child sex abuse, the Archdiocese of Agana over the weekend asked parishioners to reconsider the legislation's unintended consequences and to sign a petition to urge Governor Eddie Calvo to veto the measure that's already passed on session floor. Specifically, the church says they'd be subject to unlimited financial liability as those who've been victimized by clergy decades ago would sue the church and potentially force closure of not only vital community service providers, but also Catholic schools.   CONTINUED

September 19, 2016. KUAM
Will Guam have a new archbishop?
Guam could soon have a new archbishop leading the Archdiocese of Agana. In a message read to parishioners over the weekend from apostolic administrator Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai, he announces he's in Rome to meet with the Holy See to remove Archbishop Anthony Apuron and to appoint a successor. According to Hon, he and the Presbyterial Council wrote to Apuron calling on him to resign. CONTINUED

September 19, 2016. KUAM
Former AG Moylan questions constitutionality of Bill 326
A former attorney general and long-time legislative legal counsel cautions that Bill 326 may not survive a legal challenge. Doug Moylan is urging the governor and senators to seek an opinion from the Supreme Court of Guam on whether the measure even meets constitutional muster. CONTINUED
September 19, 2016. KUAM
New Apuron-supporters group calls out Hon for "lynching"
It appears a new group has surfaced in support of Archbishop Anthony Apuron. Called I Familian Mangatoliku Siha Pari Si Apuron (Chamorro for "Catholic Families for Apuron"), president Dr. Ricardo Eusebio addressed a letter to apostolic administrator Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai today, calling him out for public lynching. CONTINUED

September 18, 2016
Archbishop Hon circulates petition to veto sex crimes bill
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September 18, 2106. KUAM
Island Catholics urged not to sign archdiocese's petition
Concerned Catholics of Guam Vice President Andrew Camacho urges religious followers not to sign a petition that's being distributed by the Archdiocese of Agana. The petition prompts Governor Eddie Calvo to veto Substitute Bill 326, which lifts the civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse cases. CONTINUED

September 18, 2016. KUAM
Father Jeff details church's stance on Bill 326
Delegate of the administrator Father Jeff San Nicolas gave KUAM News an explanation on the Archdiocese of Agana's stance on Bill 326. The legislation lifts the civil statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases and was recently passed by senators on session floor. The bill now awaits action from Governor Eddie Calvo. CONTINUED

September 17, 2016. PDN
Archbishop Hon to Pope Francis: Remove Apuron as head of archdiocese
Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai has urged Pope Francis to remove Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron as head of the Archdiocese of Agana because of gravely serious allegations of sex abuse of altar boys. CONTINUED

September 17, 2016. KUAM
Hon asks Pope to remove Apuron as archbishop of Agana
Guam's Apostolic Administrator Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai is hoping to put the brakes on Substitute Bill 326. Recently passed on session floor, the legislation would lift the civil statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases. In a message read to churchgoers over the weekend, entitled Putting the house in order without burning it down, Archbishop Hon says the bill is retroactive therefore could have "very damaging unintended consequences, so much so that the Bill threatens vital parts of the Church mission here on Guam." CONTINUED

September 14, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Apuron, archdiocese attorneys file motion to dismiss
The defense attorneys in the libel and slander suit against Archbishop Anthony Apuron and the Archdiocese of Agana have filed motions to dismi… CONTINUED

September 13, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Man alleges he witnessed Apuron abuse
A 62-year-old man from Chalan Pago has come forward claiming to be a witness to another incident of alleged sexual abuse by Archbishop Anthony... CONTINUED

September 13, 2016. PDN
Vatican, archdiocese investigate decades-old sex abuse allegation
Deacon Leonard Stohr, the Archdiocese of Agana’s sexual abuse response coordinator, said he spoke Tuesday with a man who reported he witnessed the Rev. Antonio Cruz and seminarian Anthony S. Apuron — now the island's archbishop — sexually molest a 10-year-old altar boy during a church rectory sleepover in March 1964. CONTINUED

September 12, 2016. PNC
Archdiocese Apologizes to Latest Accuser of Sex Abuse
Ramon De Plata says he witnessed a priest and a seminarian sexually abusing an altar boy back in the 1960s. Guam - The Archdiocese of Agana is responding to the latest claims of sexual abuse that were ... CONTINUED

September 12, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Legislators to tackle sex abuse, minimum wage bills
Another slew of bills are slated for the legislative floor today as senators begin session. At the top of the agenda is Bill 326-33, a measure… CONTINUED

September 12, 2016. KUAM
Child sex abuse statute of limitations bill passes
All senators who were present during session today passed Bill 326. The legislation lifts the civil statute of limitations in cases involving child sex abuse. The legislation passed amid multiple allegations of child molestation accusations made against local clergy including Archbishop Anthony Apuron. Several men have come forward alleging Apuron molested them when they were altar boys at Mt. Carmel Church in Agat where he had served as a priest. These same men testified in support of the bill when it had its public hearing. CONTINUED

September 12, 2016. KUAM
Defense lawyers asking judge to dismiss defamation lawsuit
Defense in the $2 million libel and slander suit against Archbishop Anthony Apuron and the Archdiocese of Agana are asking the court to dismiss the complaint. In court filings made late Monday, defense calls the defamation suit "unusual", as it was sparked by paid ads by the Concerned Catholics of Guam.

September 12, 2016. KUAM
Man, 62, says he was witness to and victim of sex abuse by clergy
In the last few months we've heard from Roy Quintanilla, Walter Denton, Roland Sondia, Doris Concepcion on behalf of her late son Joseph "Sonny" Quinata, and Leo Tudela. Each of the men alleges they were altar boys when they were molested or raped by the hands of church clergy. And now, another man who served as an altar boy at Our Lady of Peace in Chalan Pago alleges he was a witness to as well as a victim of child sex abuse. CONTINUED

September 9, 2016. KUAM
Church's legal team has until Monday to respond to lawsuit
Attorneys representing the Archdiocese of Agana and Archbishop Anthony Apuron have until Monday to file responses in a $2 million libel and slander lawsuit filed against them. The plaintiffs listed are Roy Quintanilla, Walter Denton, Roland Sondia, and Doris Concepcion on behalf of her son, the late Joseph "Sonny" Quinata. CONTINUED

September 6, 2016. GUAM DAILY POST
Concerned Catholics call for Quichocho resignation
The Concerned Catholics of Guam have called for the resignation of Danny Quichocho from the Archdiocesan Finance Council. CONTINUED

April 29, 2016. KUAM
Archdiocese criticizes protesters
The Archdiocese of Agana says the protest that was held by dozens of frustrated Catholics at the Guam International Airport last week was "not the warm Hafa Adai Spirit that the Chamorro people are well known for".  The protestors shouted you're not a real Catholic" and "go home" to Professor Giuseppe Gennarini, Mrs. Claudia Gennarini and Fr. Angelo Poschetti as they arrived and walked out of the terminal. CONTINUED

35 comments:

  1. I'm trying to think: Why would Governor Eddie Calvo NOT want to sign this bill in to law? This bill protects all children of all religions against all abusers and their enablers/abettors/protectors, so what reason would Gov. Calvo have for NOT signing this bill? I come up with no reasonable answer.

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    1. Now that Bill 326 has just been signed by the governor, this submittal is moot. Not to do a “I-told-you-so” comment, I’m submitting this in reply to Anon at 12:47pm (Sep 23)……..

      I, too, find it ODD why the governor would not want to sign Bill 326-33 into law. I’ve written before that I’m taking bets that HE WILL SIGN. My own reasoning why I think he he will either sign the bill, or let it lapse into law -but not veto it are……..

      1.If he were the parent of a child who had been sexually abused (and now finds himself in a position to do something about it), would he not choose to protect his child, but instead choose to buckle to the urgings of others (including his church)?

      2.If he were an astute man, would he not have wondered WHY JUST NOW is he being urged not to sign the bill, when he could have been approached when the matter of lifting the statutes of limitation had been in the limelight months ago? This sudden blitz for the governor not to sign the bill only surfaced following an 11-th hour appeal from a letter from AB Hon from Rome. Something must have happened in Rome to have created this urgency ALL OF A SUDDEN! (Wonder what?) If the issue is all that egregious why wasn’t there as much raucous made during the “Silent No More” movement in gathering signatures lobbying for the Legislature to introduce a bill to address it; during the legislative public hearings to solicit pros and cons; after the bill’s passage and submittal to his office? What is so urgent NOW, that wasn’t urgent then? What is so inherently catastrophic about the bill becoming law NOW, that it wasn’t catastrophic then – until the letter sent from Rome. Something smells fishy; something must have happened in Rome to create this urgency?

      3.From a legal perspective, how would the governor consider his not signing the bill will AUTOMATICALLY bring the church (lobbying for him not to sign it) into bankruptcy and financial ruin? It could (if the victim claimants choose to include the church as such as a defendant), but not necessarily so – not AUTOMATICALLY SO - as is the argument being proposed.

      4.And even if it would (for the sake of an argument) is pitting the possible ill effects on the church against the actual ill effects on the victims of child abuse a valid reason for the governor to not sign the bill?

      5.Bill 326 was passed unanimously by all senators present at the time of voting: 13-0. All that was needed then was 8 “yes” votes, a simple majority of 15. If the governor vetoes the bill, all the Legislature needs is 10 votes (2/3 of 15) to override it. What 6 senators is the governor banking on to not support the override? What 6 senators, after voting to pass the bill just weeks ago are now going to do a 180, swallow their pride and integrity, and not choose to not override a veto of their own previous vote?
      (jrsa: 9/23/16; 7:00pm)

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    2. Rose de los Reyes (Seattle, WA)September 26, 2016 at 10:46 PM

      As to #2 on JR's point, the sudden interest from Rome and a bizarre “last minute” letter is reminiscent of those NCWish ghost-written letters by Apuron in letterhead with or without a signature. A most recent one of those by Fr. David-the-Lurch on the “no visit” by the LFM. Those communique’s contents, when taken on the whole, are as if written to 8-year-olds or literate sheep whom the authors expect will obey upon reading it. Now I’m thinking that the Fr. Hon letter was ghost-written by Fr. Filoni or Kiko (or both!).

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    3. JRSA @ 7:19: Your very logical 5-point perspective should have helped the veto proponents to keep their blood pressure readings down. Hope it helps Eusebio and the kikobots.

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    4. You are correct, this 5 point is pretty much moot.

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  2. This site is literally a burn book

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    1. "Literally" a book? You just said it was a site.

      However, symbolically it is not a burn book either. It's a library of references.

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    2. Yes, Jose M. @ 3:26: And what a growing library of references it has become! I remember how we used to pray the local media would wake up and start reporting on neo takeover activities, even before the victims dared to come forward. Thanks to Tim, CCOG, Laity Moving Forward, Silent No More and other faithful Katolikus the list of references will get longer and include more international media reports as our church gets cleaned up.

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    3. And still no eye has seen one document from the NCW that they claim they have. Only hearsay from the hierarchy of the kikobots and all of their followers believe them. Sad, very sad.

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    4. No statement from the ghostly David Cruz Quitugua, the presbyter who took ten years for a canon law degree that can be finished in two years. And he has nothing to show for it except his professed love for Apuron the molester and his lame excuse to ask for Filoni's permission to allow elderly ladies to visit the RMS. Hah! What a crook and a deceiver! Canon Lawyer! Blah!

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  3. With every media story that helps to shine a light on the Apuron/Hon/Filoni situation...THANK TOU, TIM!

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  4. Rose de los Reyes (Seattle, WA)October 3, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    This is not from the news media but, along the lines of "news", I found this in the home page of the Seattle law firm Pfau Cochran Veretetis Amala.

    SEPTEMBER 23, 2016 -Guam Sexual Abuse Victims – Important Law Change

    On September 23, 2016, the Governor of Guam courageously signed a bill ending the civil statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases. For survivors of childhood sexual abuse, this means they may be able to seek justice against abusers and organizations that allowed abuse to occur. Leading up to the bill’s passage, reports of sexual abuse have been mounting against the Catholic Archbishop of Guam, Anthony Sablan Apuron, who has been accused of molesting at least five altar boys in the 1960s and 1970s. Accusations of sexual abuse have been also been reported in recent years against other Catholic priests that served in Guam, including Fr. Louis Brouillard, Fr. Andrew Mannetta, Fr. Randy Nowak, and Fr. John Wadeson.

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  5. Congratulations, people of Guam! You have managed to make a great move of counterattack, shifting this spiritual battle on the NCW territory, putting them in the position to defend themselves, and assuring even more evidences of the Neo-wrongdoings before the eyes of the whole world.

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  6. Apuron, you are a disgrace!

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    1. Although you think of him as a disgrace. I think of him as a monster. The kind who bring nightmares to children. A true Boogeyman.

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  7. True or untrue?

    Heard the Cemetery Board got fired today?!!? Is this right? Info Please!!!

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  8. Dear Mr.Rohr.
    At this present time some of our priests are preparing to move parishes. we thank them and gift them for the ministry they have given to our parishes.
    However, there is one particular priest in our community preparing to move parish who is asking for particular financial gifts of $500 or more for himself and a building fund for Divine Mercy. Unfortunately, this particular priest is involved in a known affair with a woman on the parish. The woman is the one going around asking for money and preparing a dinner in our community social hall for his departure from the parish.
    Given the present climate of distrust towards some of our priests today is it prudent for a priest to be openly collecting money when leaving one parish to go to another?
    I would like to ask if Archbishop Hon is aware that his priests are raising finances for their own personal projects?
    I would also like to Know if Archbishop Hon has now allowed our priests to have open sexual affairs on our parishes? For this is now happening in our community.
    Thankyou for your consideration
    A concerned catholic.

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    1. Hon is aware. He is also aware of the pastor who propositioned a 7th grader for oral sex and the pastor who raped a high school girl. He is aware. He was told. I guess he's just waiting for this to public. Too bad.

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    2. aren't those who know about these sex abuse crimes obligated to report them to the police?

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    3. then, let it be made public. Priests in general, Hon in particular, do not have the blind automatic respect they had in previous years. Rumors like this only support the bad image the clergy have today.

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    4. And why does Hon not do anything about Rudeee and his affair? And yet Hon wants us to contribute to the extended and extended and extended annual appeal. Hon wants his cake and to eat it, too! Whatever happened to priests having ethics and being like Christ?

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    5. We all know who the priest is who promotes Divine Mercy. Years ago a woman told me that many women had complained to her that that priest was always hugging them in a way that makes them feel uneasy. Easy to believe he progressed to more than lengthy hugs.

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    6. I guess rudee partner won't be going to her boyfriend new parish as he and she knows she is not welcome. However, if all are aware of this affair who can we TRUST, definitely not Arch. Hon if he is aware of this.

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    7. Actually, this one is not Rudy.

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    8. Sadly, he is one of our non-NCW priests but also Filipino.

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    9. Poor Carmelite put up with Rudy practically every day. THAT was a real trial. Now this.

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  9. In his quoted response to some of Father Cristostomo's comments reported on 21st September, Dr Eusebio claims the RMS staff and seminarians, and NCW itinerants, are as independent of the Catholic Church as Muslims are. This is very interesting and crucial!

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  10. I think this so call doctor needs to see a doctor as it seems something is real wrong with him. Just looking so stupid. He just called Sister a liar and he is protecting the so call their little tony. Well doctor eusebio (small letters for his name as he is only a small boy) you just lost all you cane as you put it that RMS is your cane to get to heaven. As of the day you called Sister a liar all your canes have been pull from you. YOU ARE JUST TO STUPID for a doctor.

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  11. Support Neo Idiots, they are extremely entertainingNovember 22, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Uhhhhh, uhhhhhhh, uhhhhhh. Blah blah blah blah blah. bla blah bla blah blah blah.
    Official translation: Hello, my name is Dr Ricardo Eusebio, quack surgeon, um, I mean crap surgeon, darn, I mean crack operator. YES! And I am the President of the "Idiot Fan Club for serial sexual rapists, perverts, and deviants". We have over 500 members on Guam, who support all sick, sexual miscreants, of which we know many.

    Please support our fan base. You can help by totally unplugging your brain.

    And come to our secret catechesis. We will blow your mind. And Apurun will blow your sons!

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  12. Rick's only reason to meet with Archbishop Byrnes would be to ask for absolution! He's slandered the good name of the Carmelite Sisters which opens him up to a liable suit. Lucky for Rick they will not sue but will choose to pray for his soul.
    Rick has demonstrated the manner in which members of "Cults" follow their leaders even to the point of drinking koolaid, in this case KAKA.
    God gave us a conscience with the gift of Right Reason. Rick has made Kiko and Pius his Gods.

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  13. Eusebio says the nuns knew all along....well, all the nuns except for Mother Dawn Marie and the Mother Superior she was visiting, that is. Oh, and Apuron didn't know that they didn't know....hence his "Pius made me do it" admission. But, then again, this is all conjecture on Eusebio's part.
    Oh, but HEY....Diana knew all along, folks....so that's the truth!! Mother Dawn? Why she's just making things up...that's what Carmelite nuns do! Got it?

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  14. Where is Fr. Lito and Msgr. Bibi? I haven't seen them at any of the events welcoming Archbishop Byrnes.

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    1. i saw msgr bibi in the Mass as shown by kuam on youtube. and i think that was fr lito outside standing with the bishops while watching the chamorro chants before the morning service, also on kuam's video.

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    2. They were both at the evening Mass as well

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