Saturday, November 5, 2016

IF YOU COME TO A FORK IN THE ROAD, TAKE IT.

Posted by Bob
Catholics (no initial adjective required) don't take liberties with the liturgy, do want priests not presbyters in their parishes, abhor the gratis alienation of the patrimony of the church, will strive to recover the property that was given away, have no tolerance for a bishop who was mean to his priests, abhor child molesters and will go to some lengths to help victims of child molesters seek justice. Catholics adhere to a church hierarchy that starts with a parish priest and ascends to the Pope in Rome.
Image result for decideThe Archdiocese of Agana is made up of thousands of Catholics. Our Catholic Church has been in existence for over 300 years. Within the last 20 years that church of thousands has been hijacked by a couple dozen people, e.g. apuron, who put the church into the crisis we find ourselves in now. AB Byrnes is now in charge of the diocese and with it the crisis. So far AB Byrnes has not given much comfort to the Catholics with remarks like:


When asked about the Neocatechumenal Way and his familiarity with the issues here Bishop Byrnes responded “I have some familiarity, not close, I’ve never been part of the Neocatechumenal Way. The reputation is good, ...

...Bishop Byrnes said. He added that he is aware of some of the issues here on Guam, but the first thing he will do when he gets here is meet and listen and hear both sides, “I don’t want to come with any preconceived notions on how I will handle this, until I see the situation for myself and that’s the only way for me to get a grasp of it, “ he told KUAM News.

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PNC News
Another issue Byrnes will like have to address is the controversial ownership and leadership within the Neocatechumenal Way and the property in the middle of that controversy: the Redemptoris Mater Seminary. 
At this point, Byrnes says it's too early to form an opinion or to "take sides.""To listen; that’s the first plan. My main expertise is the scripture and the constant direction of the scripture is to listen to both sides before you judge; the limited knowledge. I know right now is there seems to be a taking of sides....
There aren't two sides.  There's the Catholic Church and the hijackers.  The kind of equivocating "listen to both sides" approach won't work if AB Byrnes sees the hijackers as a side. AB Burns needs to take charge and take prompt action.
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Let's urge AB Byrnes to go with the Catholics and not the hijackers. See you on the picket line tomorrow.

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