Tuesday, March 27, 2018

MY RESPONSE TO THIS LETTER

Posted by Tim


The author of this letter is quoting from “Our Lord’s revelations to Mutter Vogel” as found in the Pieta Prayerbook. This is private revelation and Catholics are not bound by it. 

Canon Law (212) actually requires Catholcis to engage their pastors when they see error:

"They have the right, indeed at times the duty, in keeping with their knowledge, competence and position, to manifest to the sacred Pastors their views on matters which concern the good of the Church. They have the right also to make their views known to others of Christ’s faithful, but in doing so they must always respect the integrity of faith and morals, show due reverence to the Pastors and take into account both the common good and the dignity of individuals.”

The men who accused Apuron of molesting and abusing them simply stated what had happened to them and asked for Apuron to apologize. I am quite sure they would have been very willing to forgive had Apuron said he was sorry, or even if he sincerely claimed that he did no such thing. 

Instead, Apuron fled and used the full force of his office to threaten his accusers into silence, and even now, is accusing those who confronted him of being manipulated by the "powers of darkness" and those with a "greedy agenda." 

Further, he personally threatened to sue me for simply keeping stories already in the press in public view. 

In the end, it was Pope Francis himself who judged Apuron, since only a pope can remove a bishop. Here is the pope's judgement:

"The canonical trial in the matter of accusations, including accusations of sexual abuse of minors, brought against the Most Reverend Anthony Sablan APURON, O.F.M.Cap., Archbishop of Agaña, Guam, has been concluded. 
The Apostolic Tribunal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, composed of five judges, has issued its sentence of first instance, finding the accused guilty of certain of the accusations and imposing upon the accused the penalties of privation of office and prohibition of residence in the Archdiocese of Guam."

And while Apuron can appeal, there is no question that the Vatican Tribunal, the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Pope Francis, himself, (since only the pope could have permitted the publication of the sentence), judged Apuron GUILTY. 

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