Monday, December 19, 2016

REDEMPTORIS MATER HOTEL


In Sunday's GUAM DAILY POST cover story, "Archdiocese of Agaña enters a new, troubling era," reporter, Neil Pang, ends with this:
"While none of the current 13 suits are related or equivalent to Killion’s 2007 suit, if the $375,000 figure is used as a benchmark, then the Archdiocese of Agaña, as of now, could stand to lose upwards of $4.5 million and be forced to sell some of its more valuable, and contentious, properties to make those payments."
Read the last part again:
"...the Archdiocese of Agaña...could...be forced to sell some of its more valuable, and contentious, properties to make those payments."
There is only one property that is "contentious." 

Thanks, Neil, I'll cut you in on a finder's fee after I sell the property. LOL.


Actually, I don't recommend selling it. Rather I recommend that Archbishop Byrnes explore the possibility of leasing it to a hotel chain or hotel management company. 

In 2013, Guam hotel executive, Mark Pieper noted that over 150,000 tourists had been turned away in the last year at a loss of $165 Million Dollars to Guam's economy due to a shortage of hotel rooms. To address this shortage, the Guam Tourism 2020 Plan has a goal of establishing 1600 more hotel rooms by 2020. 

There is no reason for Archbishop Byrnes not to look into the possibility of turning what used to be a hotel back into one and turning it into a long term revenue generator for the Archdiocese of Agana which is, thanks to Apuron, more than TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS in debt with that amount continuing to increase and we haven't even paid out a single dollar yet to the victims of sexual abuse who have brought their cases forward under the new law permitting them to do so. 

As for a seminary, Guam simply does not have the economies of scale to support one, plus real vocations to the priesthood would be better served by sending them to a firmly established seminary somewhere else with their education and formation financed by the revenue stream from the hotel operation. 

If Archbishop Byrnes decides he wants a local seminary (a real one), then he would need the kind of revenue generated by a hotel operation to finance it since, as RMS proved, financing a seminary on the backs of the people has left us crushing debt and malformed presbyters. 

If the Archdiocese finally gets smart and establishes an alternative way to address victim's claims (as the Swiss bishops recently did and other U.S. dioceses are beginning to do) rather than going through the courts and questioning the current law, then the hotel operation revenue will play a huge roll in the Archdiocese's ability to finance out of court settlements that may well be more beneficial to the victims than the results of difficult, costly, and public legal proceedings. 

In fact, given the nearly SEVEN MILLION views (it is 6,955,728 as of this writing) this blog has had and the interest generated the world over, think of the marketing potential of such catchy tourism phrases such as "Tony hid here," and "Former Refuge of  Pius the Samnut!"

LOL. Courage :)




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