Don't call a lawyer cause the archdiocese only wants to cover their asses. It's all materialistic to those running the diocese these days. They don't give a shit about the victims.
"Our Archdiocese pledges to correct the wrongs and mistakes of the past. We are strengthening our sexual abuse and sexual misconduct policy so that all people – most especially our young and most vulnerable – may be confident of being in a safe environment fully protected from any harm".The comment above is particularly bothersome. How long does it take to develop and approve a policy and procedures? Before asking the public to come forward, why doesn't the Archdiocese publish its 'strengthened sexual abuse and sexual misconduct policy' in whatever form it is in now? If a child was abused today and a parent reported that abuse to both the civil authorities and the Archdiocese, what measures are being undertaken now to create a 'safe environment fully protected from any harm?'
Well anon at 9.19, apparently it takes a lot more time on Guam.This must be the island's tempo.All jokes aside, the Archdiocese has known their policy was well below par from the time they wrote it several years ago.It took the Apuron scandal, and Deacon Martinez's critical report to have Hon rearrange it slightly, but the policy is still pretty bad by modern standards.At this time we have a chancery, that does talk the talk, but certainly does not walk the walk.The actual person in charge of this very difficult task, even with the benefit of the doubt, is well above ohis head, as far as knowledge and capability.Overall as Tim, pointed out last week, the chancery basically put lipstick on a pig, in regards to its policy regarding sexual abuse.At best the left hand does not know what the right hand does.
Someone should tell the cancery that the pig is getting very, very annoyed!
Face it. The Archdiocese does not have the personnel for a full fledged 'Chancery'. Just a dangerous game.
Considering how they really screwed up on this, it's just an exercise in futility for victims at this point in time. Let's see how they're responding to the recent allegations, first. Better to lawyer up as they seem to respond more when a lawyer is involved.
Either Dr. Ric Eusebio does not know how to read a law or he chooses to remain within the lost world of the NCWs instructions. No where in the law does it stipulate that it is only for the Catholic Church. My question for the reporter is, "why didn't you read the law to him and ask him where does in the law does it limit it to only abuses within the Catholic Church?" Please do some real investigative journalism. Dalai! At least stop reporting the stupidity.
The answer to "It specifically discriminates against private institutions and gives the government a free pass..." is a big "DUH".
If a victim comes forward they should go to the diocese...advise them of what happened and let them know you are being represented by a lawyer. They are doing what the church wants, but they are taking care of themselves as well
Fear for victims who call Archdiocese.victims call David Lujan.
This diocese still hasn't contacted ANY of the victims who came forward. Instead they ignore them and wait on their FAT ASSES for the victims to come to them? What policy is there? Make it public if they are sincere.
This post reminds me of another Jungle Watch post where the bishop of a diocese in Pennsylvania, "IN A PRACTICE SEEN IN OTHER DIOCESES (capitalization mine)," created a 'payout chart' to help guide how much victims would receive from the Church." For example: "Victims fondled over their clothes $10,000 to $25,000...." If you want to know what the pay out chart had for forced sodomy or intercourse, please go to the Jungle Watch Post, Apuron - Around the World. Then, click on the CBS news article, Archbishop's alleged sex abuse could bankrupt Guam church." Finally, click on:"2 Pa. bishops singled out for sex cover up." And, if you haven't done so yet, you owe it to yourself to watch the movie "Spotlight." Watch it for free at: 123movies.to
Just finished watching the movie, "Spotlight". There were several quotes from this movie that jumped out at me and are so apropos to our scandalous "situation" here on Guam. The first one I think is something we should all take to heart, ponder (or fret) about and let it be our call to action: "If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a village to abuse one." The lifting of the statute of limitations on the reporting of child sexual abuse is a significant beginning, thanks to the likes of Mr. Joe Santos, the CCOG, LFM, the brave senators that sponsored and passed it and the Governor who signed it into law. However, we still have much work ahead of us and the constant pressure on the Chancery for transparency and truth must continue. The Jungle Watch is our own version of the "Boston Globe", thanks to Tim and all the blog administrators who stepped up to keep it going. Another quote that is also applicable here is: "We need to focus on the institution, not the individual priests. Practice and policy." So lets see their newly revised SARC policy. Care to print it in the Umatuna or send it out to the local media, Mr. Diaz? (I forget who the newly appointed communications person is). This last quote that grabbed my attention is sadly, I think, for the victims and their families: "They say it's just physical abuse but it's more than that- it's spiritual abuse."I might add, it's also emotional and psychological abuse. It's no wonder some of them have committed suicide; left the church and/or their homes or their island; abused alcohol/drugs; have been in and out of therapy/counseling; chose not to have children; or have lived in fear, mistrust, and depression for most or all of their lives. So what is the monetary value of this raping of the mind, body and spirit of a child? I say it's priceless.