Posted by Tim
LAITY FORWARD MOVEMENT
Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai, SDB
Archdiocese of Agana
Re: Attempted visit to the RMS Seminary per our email of September 1
Dear Archbishop Hon:
The acting rector of the seminary, Msgr. David C. Quitugua, did not permit our visit to the seminary which we had arranged per the referenced email and the good offices of the Delegate of the Administrator, Father Jeff San Nicolas. Rather than allow the visit Msgr. Quitugua posted the attached sign on the locked gate of the driveway to the seminary. As you will see when you review the notice Msgr. David, the acting rector, states the he is the “competent authority” for access to the seminary. The line after the paragraph in which Msgr. Quitugua establishes himself as the “competent authority” reads as follows:
Archbishop Savio Hon.
The placement, font, etc. suggests that the entire communication on the NOTICE is from you, not Msgr. Quitugua. Given the communication among you, Fr. Jeff, and us this strikes us as at least very strange! Our email indicated that we wanted to visit the seminary today at 11 AM. We asked that someone guide us to the following areas:
We also asked to review several documents.
Although you didn’t answer our email Fr. Jeff and I had several telephone conversations concerning our visit. On Tuesday, September 6, I received a call from Fr. Jeff letting me know that he received the letter. Father asked me why we want to visit the seminary and entertained my answer with seeming approval. Father Jeff said that he would have someone prepare the document for our review then asked if half an hour is OK for us. I said half an hour would be OK and perhaps if we needed more time we could schedule another visit. Father then said he would call me the next day, which was Wednesday but that he probably would be very busy since it was Fr. Patrick Garcia’s funeral. Father was, as expected, busy.
Fr. Jeff finally called at 9 AM this morning letting me know that he was at the seminary and Monsignor David Quitugua is the acting rector. Fr. Jeff then said he would have Msgr. Quitugua call me.
At 9:20 this morning Msgr. Quitugua called me and told me that I had to write a letter to him! The letter had say what our purpose was, when we wanted to visit and the number of visitors, in other words all the information in the email to you, supplemented by my conversation with Fr. Jeff. I of course told Msgr. Quitugua that that information had already been communicated through you and Fr. Jeff, that it was too late to change our plans and that we’d arrive at eleven.
Archbishop, we began planning our visit with the email to you a week ago. Since our planning involved nine ladies it was a little late to change the plans we had made. We arrived at the seminary at 11 AM as planned. We were greeted by a locked gate and the attached notice.
Archbishop Hon, the actions of Msgr. Quitugua seem to contradict the authority of you and your Delegate, Father Jeff San Nicolas. Msgr. Quitugua’s actions also indicate that the seminary belongs not to the Archdiocese of Agaña, but to Msgr. Quitugua’s superiors, whoever they may be. Msgr. Quitugua’s posture in this matter suggests that he, not you, is in control.
Your recent extension of the Archdiocesan Annual Appeal asks us to contribute thousands of dollars to this seminary. Our experience since September 2 causes us to wonder why any Catholic would want to support the seminary so long as Msgr. Quitugua is the acting rector.
We had attempted to visit the seminary in April. That time Fr. Pius called the cops on us. We thought that with the departure of Fr. Pius things would be different. We now wonder what it is about the seminary that they don’t want us to see.
It is our position that we have every right to visit our seminary and thought that you and Fr. Jeff agreed.
cc: Andrew Camacho, VP CCOG; Media