Friday, December 16, 2016

WHY WE MUST CONTINUE TO "STOP THE MONEY"

Posted by Tim

The only protection Roy, Walter, Doris, Roland, Leo (and who knows how many others) have against being sued into poverty, as Apuron has threatened to do, is the law lifting the civil statute of limitations relative to sex crimes against minors. 



Had it not been for the efforts of Silent No More and the swift action of Senator Frank Blas, Jr., the author of the bill, Apuron's suffering wounded would have been sued into poverty and silence. The only thing that kept Apuron from crushing his accusers was the threat of the legislation and the only thing keeping him from crushing them now is the law born of that legislation. 


Apuron's victims do not personally have the financial resources to outlast a lawsuit from Apuron who threatened to sue his accusers (starting with John Toves) to "defend the Church." Apuron has a tremendous amount of personal wealth and a particular Korean benefactor, otherwise known as "Kimchee" or "Cashee," who would have bankrolled his legal fees. For decades, Apuron relied on his ability to legally crush anyone who came forward about his filthy past. 

And now, our archdiocesan leadership wants to take away that protection, the only thing standing between Apuron's victims (and many more) and a bishop or even a diocese who would have the financial might to molest and abuse those victims all over again. 

I know for a fact that Archbishop Byrnes was not directly aware of Attorney John Terlaje's FOIA request. In fact, it wasn't even John Terlaje's request. Terlaje is acting as the local intermediary for a California law firm which was hired by our archdiocesan leadership to "defend" the archdiocese. However, since Terlaje is a willing participant, he must be included in this.

That law firm and Terlaje are being paid for by our charity, our donations, our Sunday collections. Our money, our gifts, given for the good of our Church, is being used NOT to help the victims but to remove the legal protection for those who have dared to come forward after decades of suffering in silence. Once again, our Church leadership maneuvers FIRST to protect itself. 

This is a colossal slap in the face. Our leadership is "reaching out" to victims with invitations to contact the archdiocese, and with the establishment of committees and advocates and whatever, and at the same time working to undermine the only protection those victims actually have. 

Here's a hint for our church leadership. 

STOP trying to undermine the law. Stop trying to fight this with lawyers and law firms whose only interest in this is billable hours. Do what other dioceses are finally starting to do. The CCOG has already laid out the path in its Seven Point Plan. Set up a system of assistance to victims through neutral third party organizations and fund compensation through it. 

Simple economics will make it work. Victims not having to share compensation with expensive attorneys and court fees will probably end up with the same amount of compensation or even more by using a non-legal route. 

Also, there are many victims who would prefer not to endure the public scrutiny and potential shame of legal proceedings and would gladly access an alternative neutral third party path to come forward and make their peace with the Church which looked the other way for decades at their suffering and abuse. 

Just a few days ago, the bishops of Switzerland set up such a method to assist victims of abuse. If our own archdiocesan leaders were to do this instead of spending our money on expensive law firms to undermine the will of the people and the massive public support for a law that represented our only path to justice at the time, then maybe the faithful of this archdiocese will open their wallets again. 

But NOT until then. 

STOP using our money to defeat us. STOP using our money to defend the decades of institutional abuse your church leadership perpetrated against our children. STOP abusing our money and our trust, and MAYBE you just might have more of it. 

But NOT until then!


23 comments:

  1. Thank you Tim. I was struggling with this issue. I want to support our new archbishop. But I also want to support true change. This posting has solidified in my mind the proper path to follow. Your posting hit the nail on the head.
    Rather than using the Church money we gave them for victim outreach, they use our generosity to beat the victims again. To re-victimize them.

    Stop the money! We are all ...
    SILENT NO MORE!

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    1. WOW!! look at the so-victims faces, that scared look before they go hell, the truth shall set you free or enjoy the fire

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    2. Anon @ 5:40 PM - You are A SORRY EXCUSE of a Human Being! How dare you make fun of those that have been wronged by Your apuRUN and other so called Catholic Priests. You Know - Karma is a Bitch and She is Heading Your Way!

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    3. Anon 5:40 PM.. I'm just repeating what someone suggested : GIVE IT UP!..all 4 walls must be caving in on you..you must be running out of space to run and hide ..I will give you credit for trying.. At least you're still giving it your best shot before your lights are out and completely down....LOSER..!!. LOL..

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    4. Anon 5:40 PM,,Victims scared??..Naw,.they are NOT scared.. they came forward and Identified themselves.. we know who they are..NOW THAT'S COURAGE !!..Unlike you,a coward and wants to remain Anonymous.

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  2. NO MONEY… apuron OUT… SILENT NO MORE… NO MONEY… apuron OUT... SILENT NO MORE…

    Again… same words, same promises, same results year after year after year…

    According to yesterday's statement by the Archdiocese of Agana, it is committed to redoubling its efforts to reach out to victims of sex abuse here and take steps to appropriately punish those who have betrayed their trust.
    A policy is in place and will be quickly enforced when the Archdiocese receives reports of improper behavior by its personnel, according to the church statement, and authorities will be immediately notified about allegations of abuse or improper conduct.

    The church also plans to conduct a public outreach program during the next few months to let people know how to report abuse, according to the Archdiocese.
    The church also asked abuse victims to report their abuse to law enforcement officials, regardless of when it happened.
    The church also asked victims to call the church's victim assistance program office.

    "While it is always a positive step when church officials come clean about abuse, it's also terribly unfortunate and reckless that it took repeated requests by survivors, outside press reports, hidden church documents and media attention to get any transparency about sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Agana,"

    "Again, the Catholic Church does not and will not tolerate any kind of sexual abuse," the Archdiocese said in its statement.

    WHY is it again, and again… with this archdiocese… insanity is doing the same again and again, expecting different results…

    With a new bishop… will it again… be the same words, same promises, and again the same result in the years to come…
    Bishop Byrnes, PLEASE DON’T BE AN apuron… PLEASE DON’T BE AN apuron… NOT again… EVER again…

    http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2010/03_04/2010_04_23_Limtiaco_ChurchLocal.htm
    http://www.kuam.com/Global/story.asp?S=12361644
    http://www.kuam.com/story/12353891/archdiocese-confesses-priest-was-defrocked
    http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2010/03_04/2010_04_22_Rudolph_GuamArchbishop.htm

    NO MONEY… apuron OUT… SILENT NO MORE… NO MONEY… apuron OUT... SILENT NO MORE…

    In our four hundred years of Church history, you would think we would learn by now… “those who don’t learn history are doomed to repeat it”

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  3. Excellent article regarding the Swiss bishops and their concern for abuse victims. If necessary the flock will lead the shepherds in this archdiocese.

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  4. "Although more questions remain for the Archdiocese, today the archbishop declined to be interviewed; we were told that their spokesperson would be handling the media. In the release, the Archdiocese stated they have reported the case to the civil authorities and can no longer comment on it at this time."

    http://www.kuam.com/story/12353891/archdiocese-confesses-priest-was-defrocked

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  5. For victims of clergy sex abuse to report the crime(s) committed against them to the Archdiocese is akin to chickens asking the fox in the hen house to protect them against predators.

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  6. What the Church have done it is the work of the Silent No More, Junglewatch, CCOG, other's and the laity who stood up, said enough is enough, fought through the black smoke in our Church' for so long. Wondering how could Archbishop Byrnes coming in to the picture just now, take part in making the right decision. Tough one.

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  7. Stop the MONKEY ?? How is Tim going to get paid 11 kids and all, oh wait a minute Tim is charge of selling the carmelite monastery in Tamuning, and next Yona hotel site, what Tim a easily 40 Million ?? and what next Tim the island of Guam wake up CCOG,Laity,and other's stupid people, what a Joke!!!!

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    1. LOL. I've raised 11 children over the space of 30 years and quite without a sale of the above mentioned properties. I have the listing for the former carmelite monastery because the owners trust me. BTW, here's the listing link:
      http://www.flexmls.com/share/fq6r/SharedListings

      Bring me a customer and stop complaining. But seriously dude, thousands of hours of my life for a measly commission. Ummm, I don't think so. But when you have a rotted out neocatechumenal brain, what else could you think. Bye.

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    2. Anonymous cowards are precious. The bravery they exhibit in attempting to throw stones while cowering behind anonymity is truly inspiring.

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    3. Jose M. you sound like a real tough guy or girl with no picture of yourself coward....nothing but a laugh!!

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    4. LOL. Anonymous demands a picture of Jose. I don't know what we're going to do for fun when we get rid of you. That's why I tell the people NOT to get rid of you. We want to keep you for the Guam zoo. LOL. Peace.

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    5. 4:29. Please. LOL! You are too much LOL!
      Only a coward becomes offended thinking I was talking about them, yet still remains anonymous! LOL! 😂😂😂
      Ha,ha,ha. . .but, maybe I was insulting the other anonymous coward LOL! I just don't know! How do you tell each other apart?! LOL!

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    6. only coward come offended is that right Tim Ummm.

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    7. 4:29pm, you sound like a real tough guy or girl or whatever with no picture of yourself...you're a real laugh loser.

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    8. To coward at 4.29....Jose is a well known member of this community. Only a moronic outsider with no ties to this island would ignore that fact.

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    9. Anon:4;29 Pm is having inferiority Complex and can't identify him/or herself..being poked at from all corners of the World only makes it worst ..Hmm let me help you Honey Bun...How does SHIM sound?? Its' a pretty name ..just giving you an idea to help with your confusion and other issues...PEACE HONEY BUN..LOL..

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  8. Lady Di said the owners are the Archdiocese. She said it is listed on the Website. I'm busy can't look it up just now. Bye

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    1. Ummmm, no. The former Carmelite monastery in Malojloj belongs to the archdiocese, not the new monastery in Tamuning.

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  9. Heard Malojloj was a streal or Apuron got it for free. Talk about dirty deals. Where is that joker, anyhow?

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