Thursday, August 10, 2017

THANK YOU, LORI

https://www.postguam.com/forum/letter_to_the_editor/snap-our-goal-is-to-expose-the-abuses-in-guam/article_73c53f30-7bfc-11e7-a300-d32c96164933.html

Lori Cruz Hayden Marino · 
The Holy Spirit has been working through many faithful Catholics on Guam to expose these abuses and bring this terrible situation into the light. There have been so many sacrifices and tribulations suffered for love of God and His people to come to this point. There must be repentance and restitution made on the part of the Archdiocese to the victims. 

If the victims want to work with Hope and Healing to settle their cases with the Archdiocese, why is SNAP trying to get in the way? Why is SNAP trying to cast aspersions upon the canonical trial of Archbishop Apuron? Archbishop Apuron needs to be held accountable for the abuses of his flock and I pray he repents for the good of his soul. 

I get that SNAP is an advocate for victims of sexual abuse and I thank them for their previous representation of those who needed them. Do the victims in Guam's situation need SNAP's assistance or is SNAP trying to insert themselves into this situation? 

I wonder why would SNAP want to completely destroy the ability of the Archdiocese of Agana to serve the people? The Archdiocese of Agana is not rich like Los Angeles or Orange County. Those dioceses suffered financially but they are doing alright nowadays. I don't think the same can be said for Guam. 

If the Church on Guam goes bankrupt, how can she serve her people? It always seems that off-island organizations come running to Guam when there is tons of money to be made. I'm reminded of the time when billions of dollars were going to be invested into building up the military bases or when a super typhoon comes to destroy our island. Many groups from the mainland come running to make money from the federal government. Yes, they want to help and they have resources to do the work but it's about the money. It's how they make a living. 

There are also people on the Guam who can do the work to help their own people without completely draining the financial resources. The only people who make real money in lawsuits are attorneys and they only take cases when they know they can (win) make lots of money. Hope and Healing (the Hope and Healing of God) is really needed for these poor victims and for the rest of the Church on Guam. Pax vobiscum

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