Monday, March 5, 2018


Survey poll declining Catholic flock

Tim Rohr · 

How about by starting out without a "secret deacon," who will be able to know who we are but we can't know who he is. SMH. So glad to know this wasn't Archbishop Byrnes' idea.

In 1986, the year Apuron became the Archbishop of Agana, there were maybe five non-Catholic religious communities of any consequence. Today, there are over 60, all mostly made up of "former" Catholics. This long exodus happened under Apuron's 30 year "reign of neglect" and began happening long before the sex abuse allegations came to the fore beginning in May 2016.

And here are a few other matters that grew under Apuron's three decades of episcopal power. (The data was assembled for an article in the PDN in 2013.)

  1. Guam has the most liberal abortion laws in the nation which allow for the termination of nearly one out of ten pregnancies with more than 60% being Chamorro. (2012 Guam Medical Records)
  2. Guam has the 14th highest suicide rate in the world and a rate 1.2 times the national average (2011 World Health Organization and A Profile of Suicide on Guam, September 2011)
  3. Guam has a 20% higher out of wedlock birth rate (60%) compared to the rest of the nation (40.8%, CDC 2010) Note: Guam stopped reporting “illegitimate” births in 2005. 60% is based on the average between 2000 and 2005).
  4. Guam has double the teen birthrate compared to the rest of the nation (Guam PDN, 6/25/13)
  5. Guam’s rape rate is 94.4 per 100,000 (2011 Yearbook: 151 reported rapes). This is nearly triple the national average of 29.8. (U.S. Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012, Table 314)
  6. Guam abuses and neglects its children at nearly double the national average (Guam child maltreatment rate of 76.81 per 1000 children based on 2012 CPS report and 2010 census vs 41.2 per 1000 children national average as per Table 3-2, Child Maltreatment 2011, Children’s Bureau, U.S. DPHHS)