Friday, June 23, 2017
FR. GORDON MACRAE: "On the Island of Guam, Is the Eighth Commandment Discarded?"
I'm willing to cut Fr. Gordon Macrae some slack. He is in prison for something he said he didn't do. It happens. In fact, I personally am working right now to help someone who I believe to be wrongly accused.
However, unfortunately for Fr. Macrae, he thinks that Diana is a credible source and has composed this whole post based on "her" facts. It's too bad. Macrae might have actually found more support for his personal cause if he was willing to do a little real research and get his own facts.
His willingness to seek the truth, however painful it might be, about his fellow clergy, could have lent credibility to his own claim of innocence and might have inspired more people to support him. But he didn't. In fact, he uses St. Thomas More to defend Apuron - all based on "The Diana."
On the Island of Guam, Is the Eighth Commandment Discarded?
I don't know if Fr. Macrae will publish the comment I left on his post, so I will publish it here.
I'm afraid you don't have your facts straight. The committee report will clearly show that the Archdiocese of Agana, then under the administration of Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, an apostolic administrator appointed by Pope Francis, did NOT oppose the legislation. In fact, there was surprise among the legislators that there was NO opposition from the church.
Also, the original bill did NOT hold the archdiocese liable, but only perpetrators. However, Archbishop Hon, publicly mocked the idea that there could be any victims and treated the accusations as a sham. This enraged the people who KNEW the allegations to be true and they pushed forward an amendment to the bill which would hold the archdiocese liable.
The archdiocese (Hon) did NOTHING, until the 11th hour, just before the governor signed it, calling for a veto.
The larger truth is that Fr. Louis Brouillard, who is charged with the majority of these crimes against children, is still living and publicly CONFESSED to having abused boys, asking for their forgiveness.
Archbishop Apuron and Flores, before him, both new of Brouillard's 30 years of abuse in Guam, which is why Flores kicked him out of the diocese and sent him home to Minnesota (where he continued to abuse). Apuron did NOTHING to help to heal Brouillard's victims because of his own history of abuse.
The pope doesn't simply pull bishops out of their diocese for no reason. But not only did Francis pull Apuron out, he has now appointed a coadjutor bishop from Detroit to succeed Apuron.
As for Apuron's victims not testifying. Two of his victims were hindered by their civil attorney, but two other victims, including the one Apuron raped, DID testify before Burke and Apuron's canon lawyers, and were shortly followed by the two others.
Also your timing is wrong. Apuron's victims were not waiting for the coffers to be opened. The bill was signed into law last September. Burke did not come to Guam until February of the following year.
On Guam, the Diana blog, is a joke because no one puts their real name to it.