"Anger in the face of evil is both just and necessary. It is the human response that Jesus Himself evinced when he was confronted with the leaven of the Pharisees. Anger that does not fester, that does not hate, but propels us into good, positive action to right wrongs, is not a sin. It is a force."
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
FORGIVENESS? - PART 1
Posted by Tim
I am continually amused by those who believe that our campaign against the injustices perpetrated by the powerful of this diocese is somehow motivated by a vendetta, or a response to a personal wound, or just "hate." It shows how far we have sunk from an ability to recognize Evil, put on the armor of God, and go out to do battle with it.
Our inability to do this isn't just an oversight, it is an age-old tactic of Satan: apathy, except that in the present case, the apathy is made even more sinister by dressing it up in the Christian garb of "forgiveness," and then "forgiveness shaming" anyone who doesn't measure up to the "can't we all just get along" mantra of the "forgiveness police." (credit to Austin OE)
By chance (?) as I sat down to write this post, I checked my Facebook first and came across an article in the National Catholic Register entitled: "Come Out of the Cold This Advent," and subtitled: "Praying for someone does not mean you agree with the bad things they do." Here is the money quote:
This is precisely the "anger" which has motivated me and others over these three years of doing "battle" with the enemy. In our case, wrong after wrong is being righted. First there was the elimination of Apuron's episcopal authority. Then there was the clearing of Fr. Paul's name, then Msgr. James, then the exposition of the truth about RMS (that it is NOT a seminary for Guam), then the return of the property, the abolishing of the RMS Board of Guarantors, the legal disconnection between the seminary corporation and the Neocatechumenal Way, and then the appointment of a successor to Apuron who is NOT Adrian or David as had been planned.
All of this is a result of an unfailing, persistent "positive action to right wrongs." And, ultimately it was and remains a SPIRITUAL effort. We knew what we were dealing with. We were not dealing with mere men - however corrupted they might have become, but with "the spirits of wickedness in the high places."
A mere sinful man does not spend his priesthood molesting and raping young boys and then, without compunction and without regard to what may become of his diocese, go on to accept a bishopric in the same diocese and in the face of the "little ones" he destroyed. (Do you really think John Paul II would have approved of his appointment if he knew of Apuron's past?) We are dealing with something far more serious and sinister than mere human failing.
What did he think was going to happen?
Actually, in Apuron's case: NOTHING. He was so convinced of his power and so fortified by the siren promises of the Kiko's that his episcopal motto became "no one can get me," a phrase he repeated many times to those he thought were in his confidence.
In fact, he was so sure that those he molested and abused would remain silent that upon meeting one of his victims, Roland Sondia, in the early 80's, only a few years after molesting him, Apuron pretended as if nothing had happened and casually showed him around the new Agana rectory, making sure to point out "John's room," which was a slap to Roland which said "See! If you didn't run away, you could have this too!" (Read Roland's statement here.)
To be continued