Thursday, October 19, 2017

SECRECY AND EXCOMMUNICATION: ATTORNEYS DISCUSS APURON'S CANONICAL TRIAL

"We understand Your Honor, that the people are sworn to secrecy, and if they expose it that they'll be excommunicated if they expose it." - Attorney John Terlaje, Counsel for Archdiocese of Agana to Judge Gatewood


The attorneys representing Archbishop Apuron and the Archdiocese of Agana discussed the outcome of Archbishop Apuron's canonical trial the other day in federal court.

Does Rome really think that secrecy and threats of excommunication are going to work or make things better here or anywhere else?  SMH.

(Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood presided over the hearing, Jackie Terlaje is the attorney representing Archbishop Apuron, and John Terlaje is the attorney representing the Archdiocese in the civil cases.)


Judge:  The question I have is, I understand, I don't know if it was brought to the court's attention by one of you or somebody else.  There is a canonical trial in Rome, and what is the status of that if anybody knows.  Does anyone know?  And maybe Ms. Terlaje you would know best, or maybe you would, Mr. Terlaje.
Mr. Terlaje:  Maybe Ms. Terlaje knows...
Judge:  Ms. Jackie Terlaje, would you know what the status of that, the disposition on that trial?
Ms. Terlaje [by telephone]:  Your Honor, this is Jackie Terlaje.
Judge: Yes.
Ms. Terlaje: Your Honor, with respect to the canonical trial, there is no information that has been provided as the court may be aware.  The proceedings are completely secret. They're held secret.  So therefore, there's been no information that  has been transmitted to us to indicate that they are prepared to render a verdict on the canonical trial.  And so we are essentially held at abeyance until such time there is a ruling in that matter. I am aware that there was some kind of  closure of the proceedings, but other than that, Your Honor, I have  no further information about a prospective date in which  court will make its ruling.
Judge:  Okay.  Does anybody else have any update, yes, Mr. Ter...
Mr. Terlaje: Yes. Yes, that's correct, Your Honor, there's no decision made as of today.  We understand that proceedings have been completed.  We understand that the decision is being moved around, but no dates are, we have no idea what is going to come out of it.
Judge:  Okay, you have no idea?
Mr. Terlaje:  No, Your Honor.
Judge:  So secret, huh? Is that how...
Mr. Terlaje: We understand Your Honor, that the people are sworn to secrecy, and if they expose it that they'll be excommunicated if they expose it.


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