Monday, November 6, 2017

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY CAME

"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes."

Shakespeare's Macbeth, Act IV

From the Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Sunday, Dec 19, 1948, page 128:

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  1. After the people of guam suffered the atrocities during WWII, they held onto their faith only to have the church leadership fail them by accepting a pedophile shortly after. Just a sad sad time in history.

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  2. How much do you want to bet that this guy left some victims in Colorado before he got here?

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  3. How did he ever end up in Guam after being university in Minnesota and ordained in Colorado?!! Who invited tis joker to come to Guam and be incardinated in this Diocese?? Amazing.

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    1. It's more like how did this diocese end up financially supporting this pedophile's retirement income even after knowing about the abuses. Just goes to say how far church leadership would go to hide these abusers just to protect themselves.

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    2. It's actually not retirement. He remained on the active payroll.

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    3. It would be interesting to hear how Brouillard got to Guam. Baumgartner was from Long Island and a NY Capuchin. How did he end up with a priest from Minnesota, who went to seminary in Colorado?

      It was right after the war, so I'm sure as a new bishop/apostolic vicar Baumgartner was looking everywhere to get priests to Guam. If Brouillard was Capuchin it would make sense, but he went through the diocesan track.
      One cannot help but wonder if there were already problems with Brouillard as a seminarian, and that's why Minnesota and Colorado cut him loose to head to Guam? Obviously, Brouillard is a very sick individual, and that sickness had to preceed his transfer to Guam.
      So, the sex abuse scandal goes back to pre-war years when it was an acceptable practice to move disturbed priests from place to place.
      Speaking of disturbed priests, any new sightings on where Apurun may be hiding out at? Is he still with the Quitugua family in the BOG home owned by Governor hopeful Lou LG Cook?

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    4. Reportedly, Apuron was still paying retired Brouillard $900.00 per month after he returned to the Mainland. That was eventually reduced to around $500.00. Is that rotting pos still on the Archdiocese of Agana's payroll?

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  4. Huh. St Thomas Seminary, CO where Broulliard graduated is now RMS. Nice campus. Good work Generrini. Did you steal this one too? Did you?

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  5. So just for clarification Baumgartner, Camacho and Aupuron were all aware of this priest? Did Camacho just inherit and keep obedience to his predecessor and so as Apuron? Is there canon law that justifies are continued financial support to him or was it at the discretion of the Bishop? Why didn't our clergy ever question this, especially our long time local ones? Does everyone have bones in their back drawers that they have been holding and hiding away?
    So many questions.

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    1. There was good reason to keep Brouillard quiet. Three years ago a published a post showing Brouillard on the payroll:
      http://www.junglewatch.info/2014/10/a-2005-list-of-diocesan-priests-for.html

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    2. I think it is at the "discretion" (so called) of bishops. My old bishop tried to move my old PP to a different parish and it wouldn't frankly have been much trouble for him to keep in touch with us. But no, he and some lay people from London (with our then Primate's backing) were impolite enough to twist the good bishop's arm, and he is still on our payroll in another continent. God only knows "whom" he has been "advising" and "what", but I fear it has impacted on some high profile goings on.

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  6. Was it customary during his time that a priest would have attended two different seminaries in two different states?

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  7. For those of you who want to make sense of this information.
    From what we know Brouillard was born in 1921.

    From this newspaper article, we know that he went to Study at the Nazareth Hall.
    The Nazareth Hall was a preparatory Seminary located in Arden Hills, a suburb of St Paul. It operated from 1923 until 1973.
    As such it operated a 4 years High School program, as well as a 2 years preparatory college.
    In 1968 when the Actual College of St John Vianney opened as part of the St Thomas Catholic University, the preparatory college was merged with St John Vianney.
    Nazareth Hall continued as an High School until 1973, when it closed and was sold by the Archdiocese.
    All records were moved to the St Paul Seminary School of divinity, until 1991, when all records for the 3 establishments were moved to the Archives of the University of St Thomas, which is the agent of record.
    All records are restricted, and you need a special authorization if you wish to consult them.
    I contacted my former parish priest, now a retired Msgr, who spent his whole career in the Archdiocese (more than 50 years)
    According to him, Brouillard finished the preparatory seminary (6 years) then started the seminary in St Paul, but was drafted after Pearl harbor.
    He would have been 21 or 22 years old at the time.
    From what we have gathered, he served in the Navy in the Pacific, towards the end of the conflict 44/45.
    I have not been able to verify the later.
    He returned after his service to study at the seminary, but was not able to rejoin the St Paul seminary.
    This is most likely why he ended up in Denver.
    As far as why Baumgartner recruited Brouillard in 1948, we need to remember that in 1945, there was only one Chamorro priest left for the whole island. All the non Chamorros brothers and priests were still held in Japan, as prisoners. There were no nuns on the island.
    Baumgartner went on his well known mission of rebuilding schools and starting the minor seminary. He also recruited extensively all over the USA, for priest willing to come and help rebuild.
    He also was in charge of a large territory, Guam being just part of his Vicariate.
    While this does not excuse anybody, it unable us to understand a little better the environment at the time.

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    1. The Navy...the WHY in unable to rejoin St. Paul sounds interesting. Did Baumgartner only recruit priests or was there recruitment at the seminaries prior to being ordained? Your Monsignor friend...could he be cherry picking the information he is able to access?

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  8. The war issue is a very relevant issue in lots of localities. The Catholic Church in the UK hasn't really got over the First World War yet, which is why people like my grandparents (who changed religion twice), my parents and I fell through the catechetical gaps, several generations running. It has only really been "coping" with people who are nuclear families AND have been to one of their schools AND are of "regulation" ethnic extraction! People like me try to give the Catholic Church a fair run out of sheer keenness.

    I loved the bit where it goes "Who made me?" "God made me (with such foresight and good taste)".

    Then we suddenly hear talk of "adult faith" - ooh er!!!

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