Tuesday, May 21, 2019

FOLLOWING UP ON THE MT CARMEL SCHOOL STORY

(Posted by frenchie)



This is Tony Diaz, the Director of communications for the Archdiocese of Agatna.
One would assume that a director of communications, would communicate.
Apparently on Guam, it is only an afterthought.


The communication done at the Archdiocese of Agatna is about a sort of "kumbaya" world, where everything is rosy , and everybody is happy.
I guess the world according to Tony Diaz is a sort of musical comedy named
"Its a wonderful world"

Perhaps Tony is too busy preparing his yearly vacation on the mainland.


LAST WEEK WE DID THREE STORIES ABOUT AN AFFAIR BETWEEN A FORMER CUSTODIAN OF MT CARMEL SCHOOL AND A 12 YEARS OLD GIRL.


The main issue with this story is the serial contradictions of the office of communication and the School.

We officially asked Tony Diaz to answer some of our questions, as I mentioned on Saturday.
Our  intention is not to attack the Archdiocese but rather to clear the air, and prevent any manipulation by third parties.
So far, only a deafening silence coming from Tony.

Both Mr Sarmiento and Mr Diaz did a terrible job at following the instructions laid out by the Archbishop.
Both the Chancellor Fr Ronald, and the Vicar General Fr Jeff gave us subpar performances.
This in turn has led to a very fluid and dangerous situation for all parties concerned.
The child, the parents of the child, the School and the Archdiocese.

As always, when a story like this one appears on our radars, my first reaction is  who is manipulating who. Why is something being talked about, or why is something kept under silence?
 

THEN OUT OF THE BLUE THIS THING CAME UP, THAT STARTED TO MAKE SENSE.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

A TALE OF TWO SYSTEMS

(Posted by frenchie)


On November 2018 two different, but in many ways similar incidents occurred
at two different schools on our island of Guam.

One happened at the George Washington High School.
The other took place at the Mt Carmel Catholic Middle School.


In both cases, the incidents involved minors having inappropriate relations with adults who should have been trusted with their care and well being.


Without going into the disturbing details, the incidents at George Washington High School resulted in the suicide of two teenagers, while at the Mt Carmel Catholic Middle School, the extent of the damage has not reached that level yet, Lets hope it never does.


In both cases the trust that was put in the adults who we suppose have the best interests of our children was betrayed.


Yet as of now the ways both the Guam Department of Education, and the Department of Catholic Education have handled both cases, are standing in Polar opposition.


I have gone along two different articles this week over the very dismal reaction of the Catholic administration, in regards to the allegations at Mt Carmel.

For those who are interested in more details, you can consult the interviews, and interview attempts of several of the actors involved below and judge for yourselves.
watch and listen here (starts at 34.55)
watch here (starts at 39.00)

In contrast to this culture of silence that smacks in total opposition to the very public positions of the Archbishop on the subject of child abuse; the director of the Guam Department of Education, has granted interviews, where he is as forthcoming as possible, and has taken immediate administrative  measures to allay the concerns of parents, as related to his administration.
Watch here (starts at 7.22)

The contrast could not be more evident between one administration, which clearly is very embarrassed by what led to the suicide of these teenagers,but is willing to investigate; and the other administration return to the darkest days of the Apuron reign.




Why do we have this eerie feeling of "Deja vu, all over again"?

As I said on many occasions, when Archbishop Byrnes first arrived on our shores, he benefited of a huge thirst by the faithful for a new era of honesty and leadership.
Basically Catholics of this island had a need for the antithesis of everything Apuron ever stood for.

So when Archbishop Byrnes started meeting many of the catholic groups from Guam, there was great hope that, as he seemed to listen intently to everyone, that positive change would prevail.

One of the suggestion that the Archbishop failed to follow and/or act upon was that he enact a clear and definite break with everything related to the old administration.   

In its stead he chose to keep many of, for lack of a better explanation, what could be called the deep state of the Apuron machine of corruption.
This is how we ended up with the likes of Tony Diaz, Fr Jeff, Msgr James, in key positions in his administration.
This is why he kept the same assistant than Apuron, believing honestly that all these actors had seen the light, and turned a page for the better.
So far, this analysis seems to have erred.

Again I will underline that the task facing him was herculean, at best.
The pass chosen to deal with these issues, was certainly not the wisest.

One of the most obvious issue is the lack of any actions in regards to the NCW.
Beside naming a Deacon, as Vicar to the NCW, and a few reassignments of some of their presbyters, nothing positive has happened on that front. One could even argue that the situation on the ground might be even worse that it was upon Apuron's departure.
But a whole article about this would be necessary.

Surprise of all surprises it would seem that the NCW is very involved in the alleged coverup of the Mt Carmel Child illegal custody/ possible kidnapping/ongoing relationship between an adult and a 12 years old. I am choosing not to cover this further until more verified information can be made available.

One thing seems to be clear: it is that wishing to have a better and different result with the same people that participated in, and abetted the Apuron administration, turned out to be a foolish endeavour.

Lets hope that our leadership will come to terms with this truth.


Notes: I have sent official questions to Tony Diaz for clarifications about the many grey areas in this very disturbing case at Mt Carmel. So far I have only received a receipt from Tony Diaz that he received my questions. I shall keep you posted if and when the communication office of the Archdiocese find it agreeable to let us know their side of the story. It should be very revealing of what is and what is not happening at the Chancery.
May the Holy Spirit guide Archbishop Byrnes in the right passage.


St Michael the Archangel protect us in battle.
Most Holy Apostle St Jude Thaddeus, friend of Jesus, I place myself in your care at this difficult time

Thursday, May 16, 2019

FROM BOB

Monday, May 13, 2019
THE CCU, BIG RAISES, LACK OF TRANSPARENCY, CONSPIRACY AND TAP DANCING

The CCU's playing fast and loose with the Open Government Law and tap dancing instead of complying with the Sunshine Law prompted me to send this letter to the CCU. CONTINUED

A BIGGER MESS THAN IT FIRST LOOKS LIKE.

(Posted by frenchie)

Right when we all thought things were getting better at the Archdiocese, 
we are painfully reminded, that just because we swept some unpleasant things under the carpet, it does not mean that things are all well under the sun.
Far from it, as you shall see.

The alleged rape of a 12 year old girl by an employee of Mt Carmel School just threw a huge ripple in the calm waters that appeared to have settled around us.

What seems to be the issue?

As we presented yesterday, Kandit News, the online news network has been investigating an alleged rape by a custodian of the Mt Carmel School of a 12 years old female student.

What do we know so far?
  
We know that the rape did not take place on the premises of the School, but rather on a parking lot at GPO in Tamuning on a Friday, back in November.
We know that it was reported by fellow students of the girl to the parents.

From here, it is still confused  on what happened between the moment of the alleged incident and the time it was reported the following Monday, which is in contravention of the Child protection law. (there are time limits for the reporting of such incident)

The press secretary for the Chancery Tony Diaz has made several declarations to Kandit News regarding this case, but the least we can say, it is that his statements were confused and confusing.
There is a strong possibility of course, that he has not been given all the information necessary by people in the know. I shall come back to that.

Meanwhile Kandit News has interviewed Mr Sarmiento from the School, the GPD  the Child protection agency and the governor's office, as well as the Attorney General.

So far it appears that according to the GPD and the Governor's office no report was filed with the GPD.Or if one was filed, it cannot be found at this time.
As you can see , it appears that there are several areas of confusion.

What has the chancery done so far?

 That is a very good question, there are many zones of mystery.

As of now the Chancery does not recognize, and/or had not be made aware by the reporting parties that there was an issue.
According to Mr Diaz, as far as he knows this is just a case of inappropriate relationship between an adult and a minor.
The adult in question is no longer employed by the school.
It sounds as if for the administration at the Chancery, the case is closed and they did all the appropriate reporting, even though Mr Diaz admits that the Archdiocese did not reach out to the parents of the girl.

So, what is the problem?

Lets go back and review what we know, that both Guamblog, and Kandit News did not report on.

The alleged incident took place back in November of 2018

We are aware on Junglewatch that during that period of time, Archbishop Byrnes was traveling on the mainland, both for personal reasons, and to attend a meeting of the USCCB, which ironically enough was attempting to streamline their policies regarding child abuse, and how to create channels to better report these issues and avoid future coverup.

While Archbishop Byrnes is absent the two persons in charge of the Diocese are the Chancellor and the Vicar General.
During that period, this would have been Paul Fisher and Fr Jeff San Nicolas.


The proper channel of reporting for the school principal, after he enacted an initial inquiry would be to notify the superintendent of Catholic Schools.
So far, the Chancery has not clarified if that was the case, or if Mr Sarmiento the Principal of Mt Carmel did indeed report to the superintendent of Catholic Schools, or if he first notified the owner of the School (attorney Phillips).

This last issue is very important because if the chain of command was properly followed we should not have in principle the mess we have now, and the obvious lack of knowledge from the press secretary.

What did Mr Sarmiento actually do?

From the different testimonies that have surfaced, we know that the child was interviewed by the Principal either before the Monday after the incident or after, that is not yet clear.
We do not know if the parents of the child were present at the time of her interview by the principal.

Here lies the first issue:
  • During the interview the child actually told the principal that she had been dating the Custodian for more that two months.
  • Why on earth then did Mr Sarmiento concluded that this was only a custodial interference?
A relationship of a child of less than 14 years of age with an adult (she is 12) is considered as rape, because the law considers that a child that age, does NOT have the intellectual capacities to choose on her/His own.


2 We still do not know who filed the report with both the GPD and the CPS 
Was it the principal Mr Sarmiento?
or 
Was it the office of the Superintendent of Catholic schools? 

3 In any case, was the filing done with the knowledge of the Chancellor and the Vicar General?

or
Were both the Chancellor and the Vicar General told  afterwards.

This is important because if either the Principal or the Superintendent filed the report the way they did, after they consulted with the Chancellor and the Vicar General, then we have a huge problem.

Why would the Chancellor (a trained Lawyer) and the Vicar General would choose to file a custodial interference after they were made aware that the adult was dating this child for several months already?

If they did so, this would be grossly negligent.
  1. On a purely moral point of view
  2. because it would go against the Archdiocese own instructions
  3. because it would amount to a false report
Finally when the Archbishop came back from his trip, was he made aware of this case? 
What was he told?
The little we know about Archbishop Byrnes is that he is a person of principles.
If he was given the true picture, it seems he would have taken corrective action.
INSTEAD, WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT THIS 6 MONTHS LATER THANKS TO THE INVESTIGATIVE WORK OF TWO LOCAL ONLINE INVESTIGATORS.
THIS IS DEEPLY TROUBLING .
THE ARCHBISHOP HIMSELF NEEDS TO TELL US WHAT HAPPENED AFTER HE HAS FOUND ANSWERS TO THESE TROUBLING QUESTIONS.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

THE MORE IT CHANGES, THE MORE IT STAYS THE SAME

(Posted by frenchie)



With over 200 sexual abuses lawsuits going through the court system and the subsequent chapter 11 reorganization of the finances of Archdiocese, one could conclude that officials at the 
Chancery would be doing their out most to follow up on any allegations of sexual abuse.

After the dismal administration of Apuron and his minions, and the replacement of Deacon Martinez by Deacon Charos, aka Deacon for sure for sure, following his catastrophic cover up against 
Apuron by the late John Toves; the faithful were elated by the new
 approach of our then newly appointed Archbishop: Michal Jude Byrnes.

Archbishop Byrnes while facing a mountain of issues, left by his inept and corrupted predecessor,
seemed to take the bull by the horns.
He did put in place a set of procedures for the Church to identify and recognize victims.
He initiated a third way for victims that did not want to sue.
He put in place a reporting system for any abuse that may arise in the future.
He also made it mandatory for all personnel inside the Church and in the Schools affiliated with the Church to go through a sensitivity training, as well as a background check.

Actually one can easily follow this comprehensive program on the Archdiocese website.

So far Archbishop Byrnes has talked the talk, and started addressing a long litany of soar issues.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

MY NAME IS "JOHN CHARLES ADA TOVES"


Now that the local media has come out with a sort of "in memoriam" piece about John Toves and his role in the exposition of a clergy abuse scandal that is, per capita, now 400% bigger than the Boston scandal which led to the Academy Award winning movie, "Spotlight," you may want to read (or re-read) the REST OF THE  STORY. 


BTW: Where is Adrian?

Monday, May 6, 2019

PDN: WERE IT NOT FOR ONE MAN

Guam priests' child sexual abuses would have remained a dark secret were it not for 1 man


Back when no one dared to publicly accuse any Guam priest, much less the archbishop, of sexually abusing a child, former Agat resident John Toves did so in 2014.

It was about 12 years after the Archdiocese of Boston's sex abuse scandal exposed widespread wrongdoing in the American Roman Catholic Church. CONTINUED

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

DID WE JUST SEE A DIVINE SHOT ACROSS OUR BOW LAST WEEK?

(Posted by Frenchie)


Was last week well publicized fiery cataclysm of Notre Dame of Paris
a divine sign for both the French and the Universal Church?


With the help of 24 hours media coverage, many people were able to witness the destruction by fire of one of the iconic building of western Catholicism: the Cathedral of  our Lady of Paris.
Believers, lovers of the art and tourists alike were shocked that such a well recognized building.
Notre Dame is in fact the most visited building of the Paris landscape with 12 millions visitors yearly.


A sense of awe and despair was felt by tens of thousands of people around the world as people witnessed the expression of adoration,which came to symbolize the faith of the builders of such an exquisite piece of architecture, literally go up in smoke in front of our eyes. 


To most practicing Catholics, the fact that this plague would happen at the beginning of the Holy week, was not lost.
Yet few commented on the fact that the end of Holy week, the beginning of our Year, the celebration of the rising of our Lord Jesus Christ was also marked by another awful event: the Martyrdom of hundreds of innocent worshipers in Sri Lanka. 



Could this be a divine sign, a warning, of things to come, if we continue to not follow the advises of our Lord and Savior? 
T

Monday, April 22, 2019

MEMORIAL MASS FOR JOHN TOVES THIS COMING SATURDAY

(Posted by Frenchie)

As many of you have already noted through different notifications in the PDN and on social media, our dear friend John Toves, has left us last Wednesday, just before the Easter Tridium.
After a long and difficult fight against cancer, he has now moved on to a better and more just world.

As Tim, and other commentators have noted, we owe John Toves a debt of gratitude, for being the first courageous person to publicly denounced Apuron for the sick person he is.
He became the Catalyst which allowed for many survivors to come forward.






The funeral will take place in the Bay Area in California, on Saturday the 27th of April.

Here on Guam, a Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday April the 27th, at 1PM at our Lady of Lourdes Church in Yigo.

You are all invited to participate

A pot luck meal will take place after Mass at the Hall of our Lady of Lourdes.

Fr Paul Gofigan will be the celebrant.

If you have any question, feel free to contact us.

PDN: LAWSUITS AGAINST THE ARCHDIOCESE OF AGANA

PDN: CHURCH AT CROSSROADS

People of faith reflect on the Catholic Church at a crossroads

Johnny S. Villagomez said he's lost trust in the Catholic priests who have been named in clergy sex abuse lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Agana. But he hasn'tt lost faith in God and the Catholic Church.

“Who else is going to take care of the church if not us, the believers?” Villagomez said, after he and his wife, Linda, attended Palm Sunday Mass.

CONTINUED

Friday, April 19, 2019

WE COUDN'T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU

As I have no interest in what The Diana says or has ever said, I don't waste my time there, but that is not to say that I don't appreciate it when others send me postings which help to advance JungleWatch. 

In fact, I almost wish that I did not have this automatic reflex to vomit whenever I do see The Diana's postings because - since I don't watch TV - I could probably use the comic relief that sometimes the regular TV news can afford you.

Apparently, thanks to Zoltan's letter in the PDN, The Diana once again has her panties in a twist over her blog being characterized as "Neocat blog," or as a "semi-official" Neocat blog as Zoltan characterized it. 

The fact is of course - and this is a point that we have always made - so long as The Diana chooses to be The Diana - instead of a real person with a name (like me), then ALL OF US are free, to not only characterize her blog however we want, but also to name her whatever and whoever we want. 

I choose to name The Diana "May Llanes" because, well this:


And this:


And then when we posted about this a couple years ago, within a few days, we got this:


Actually, Zoltan and The Diana used to be friends:


But while we all may laugh at the laughingstock that is The Diana, I would admonish you to also offer prayers of thanks. 

As I've shared before, The Diana, almost singlehandedly brought down Apuron, and has wrought (though it still may take awhile) the death of Kiko's Heresy. 

Thanks to The Diana, she kept the conversation going after The Father Paul Thing, when there really wasn't anything to talk about, and two years before Apuron's first victim took to the streets. 

In fact, I learned later, that it was the ongoing tit for tat between The Jungle and The Diana that awoke the sleeping monster that Apuron had long since thought he had killed and buried. 

Personally, I want to thank The Diana for pushing The Jungle to nearly NINE MILLION VIEWS. 

Seriously, Diana, we couldn't have done it without you. Oh, and about "the other thing," your time is coming. 

COURAGE...May. 

P.S. Just for fun (if you're looking for some) JungleWatch has over 140 posts exposing The Diana, or more precisely, the Agenda of Pius, the Fake Monk. 

WILL AGANA BURN?



“If the Shepherds of the Church refuse to do penance for the spiritual conflagration of the past fifty years, and for the betrayal of Christ’s universal command to evangelize, should we then not fear that God might send another and more shocking sign, like a devastating conflagration or earthquake that would destroy St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome? God will not indefinitely and shamelessly be mocked by so many Shepherds of the Church of our own day, through their betrayal of the Faith, their sycophantic serving of the world and their neo-pagan worship of temporal and earthly realities. To them as well are addressed these words of Christ, ‘I tell you, unless you repent you will all likewise perish.’” (Lk 13:5) - Bishop Schneider: Notre Dame fire is sign of ‘spiritual conflagration’ in the Church 


REPORTED IN USA TODAY:
Apuron said this climate, "shown by the local media, which hampered the work of the court of first instance, testifies to the presence of a pressure group that plotted to destroy me, and which has made itself clearly known even to authorities in Rome."

Thursday, April 18, 2019

ZOLTAN

Letter: Neocatechumenal Way needs openness, transparency

"An oppression of dissent, including merciless censorship of content and comments at the Way’s semi-official Guam blog, is evidence of fear of openness and transparency. Reality should regain its true meaning as the things we see around us in the light of Catholic teaching."

Because of the significant events that have shaken our Catholic Church on Guam, it is indispensable to face the new realities of religious life to appreciate necessary changes that will ensue. Of particular interest is the future of the worldwide Catholic semi-charismatic movement, the Neocatechumenal Way, on Guam, which has played a significant role in Catholic life during the past 15 to 20 years.  CONTINUED

Saturday, April 13, 2019

SAVING APURON...THE REST OF THE STORY...FOR NOW

During an in-flight interview on August 26, 2018 from Dublin to Rome, Pope Francis, speaking of his decision to personally entertain Apuron's appeal, said: “It is a complicated case, on one hand, but not difficult because the evidence is clear.” 

Given all the trouble we had had in getting Rome to even take notice, all the bait and switch, the deflection, the denial, the threats of suits against those of us who spoke up, the pulling back the curtain on Cardinal Filoni's role in confounding our efforts, the very vague Sentence that left doubt about what Apuron was actually found guilty of, and Apuron's own threat to exonerate himself in the appeal by "discrediting the witnesses" (starting with me - or didn't you think I knew that), we had every reason to ask WHAT NEXT? when the Pope, in personally taking on Apuron's appeal, decided to bypass the tribunal and then characterized the case as both "not difficult" but "complicated."

And then there was the matter that Apuron had taken advantage of the vague Sentence (which stated only that he had been found guilty of "certain accusations") by inferring that the main accusations - sexual abuse of minors - was not among the "certain accusations," by saying upon submitting his appeal: "I am relieved that the tribunal dismissed the majority of the accusations against me."

For those of us who had been in this battle from the beginning, we knew exactly what was going on. 

Everything must be seen through the lens of the hierarchy of the Neocatechumenal Way. I am not speaking here of most people's personal experience of the NCW, I am speaking of the parasitical power bosses that run the NCW and use it as a Trojan horse in the Church to suck off power, money, and control. 

To understand just how parasitic and powerful these bad guys are, one has only to read the sordid history of how the NCW hierarchy finagled away the Yona Property, our local church's largest material asset, under the guise of establishing a seminary, and then hid the transaction for years. (For just a taste, read Certificate of Title Fiasco - wherein these operators were able to worm their way even into GovGuam - and The Ultimate Treachery - wherein they tried to pervert a Carmelite Superior.)

So when Pope Francis first said the he was going to bypass the Vatican tribunal process and personally hear Apuron's appeal, and then said that the case was both "not difficult" (because the "evidence is clear") but "complicated," we knew exactly what was going on: the same parasites were at work in Rome to save Apuron - NOT because they cared about Apuron, and not even because they cared about the NCW, but because they cared about their power.

To even begin to understand this mess, one must first understand that Apuron was the NCW's mascot bishop. Apuron was the only bishop in the world known to be one of the "brothers," i.e. just one other member of a Neocat "community." And we on Guam, beginning with Apuron's infamous public slamming of a Vatican directive in 2006 (and in particular his on-air challenge to the legitimate authority of a Cardinal-Prefect), were well aware that Apuron was OWNED by the Neocat power bosses, and that they, not the Pope, were his superiors. 

It is very clear that those bosses never thought things would go as far as they did. In the beginning it was just this noisome blog that wouldn't shut up. But in their attempt to shut down this blog, they made a big mistake. In fact, if anything or anyone can be directly credited with bringing Apuron down, it was the deluge of hateful, threatening, and mostly anonymous comments (nearly 70,000). These comments kept people around the world coming back to watch the war, and every log-on added another number to the page view counter. And every number on that counter was another thump of the "tell tale heart" buried beneath Apuron's chancery floor. 

As the page views climbed into the millions and the country counter began registering nearly every nation in the world, the press began to take notice, but more importantly, on the other side of the Pacific, a certain John Toves began to take notice. And John knew what we didn't: "THE AGAT BOYS." And I assume you know the story from there. All hell broke loose. 

In fact, Apuron foresaw what was going to happen. For decades, he had been quite sure that his secrets were secure. But this blog thing presented a problem he hadn't anticipated: people talking, or, more specifically, people talking anonymously (i.e. without consequences), and in a venue that the whole world could see. At some point, Apuron knew that it would only be a matter of time before the boys he had long since buried deep 'neath the dirt of his power, would wake from their sleep of shame and grief and begin to speak. And speak they did. 

This is why Apuron went to Rome in October of 2013 to try to shut me down. I still remember my amusement when I got that letter from Cardinal Edwin O'Brien, Grand Master of the Equestrian Knights of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, threatening me to "desist" from going after Apuron. 

I found his letter amusing because first it was obvious that O'Brien hadn't written the letter himself. Second, it was laughably obvious that English was a second language for the writer of the letter (and O'Brien is an American). Third, it was just as obvious that O'Brien hadn't even read the letter or he would have corrected the grammatical errors. And fourth, it was very clear that Apuron or his people had approached O'Brien to shut me up because it is highly doubtful that a powerful Vatican Cardinal would spend his evenings drinking wine and reading JungleWatch - which at that time, had less than 50,000 views.

It wasn't until John Toves showed up that I began to put the pieces together. Apuron knew that the growing attention to this blog, and its venue for anonymous comments, would soon attract the attention of something he had long since suffocated in the dark cellar of his personal history, even if he (and he alone) could never completely shut out the dull thumping of those tell tale hearts. Thus, his run to Rome and his (and O'Brien's) attempt to bully me into silence. 

(BTW, the story gets even wilder when in the aftermath of the McCarrick thing, Archbishop Vigano names O'Brien in his August 2018 letter as one of the prelates caught up in the homosexual cabal that is running the Vatican. But I'm saving that story.)

Given just the few items mentioned in the foregoing, one can already get a feel for what the Pope meant when he said Apuron's case was "complicated." What was complicated for the Pope was not whether or not Apuron was guilty. The Pope had already said the "evidence is clear" on that matter. What was complicated was how he was going to navigate through the same sort of treachery that we have had to navigate here at Ground Zero Guam these many years. 

Pope Francis' marching orders appear to have been clear: he was to exonerate Apuron. We know this because the power brokers who ordered the Pope to do this were the same masterminds who wrote Apuron's appeal letter for him wherein he aggressively declares that he will be exonerated through his appeal. Apuron's handlers would not have written and stated this so publicly had they not had assurances that Apuron's exoneration and restoration to power was forthcoming. They had their guarantees (most likely from "the Red Pope").

At this point though, it was no longer about the NCW power bosses saving Apuron, it was about Apuron saving the NCW bosses' power. Because Apuron had been so celebrated throughout the NCW, Apuron's flaming fall from his exalted place, especially as the first bishop to be tried and found guilty by a Vatican tribunal in modern times, would so wound the NCW (i.e. undermine its wealth base - the "black trash bags") that it too would follow Apuron down in flames. 

Remember now that we are not talking about the NCW "on the ground" - the evangelism and the communities and what happens there, we are talking about the drivers of the Trojan horse, the power bosses who drive the horse under the guise of "the new evangelization" and have cancerously wormed their way into the veins of wealth and power in almost every corner of the Universal Church. 

This is a topic for another day, but even the sinister NCW bosses are puppets of a higher power, because at root, Kiko's theology is (in the words of Bishop Schneider) a "Jewish-Protestant heresy." And heresy has only one Author: the same who said "you will not die." 

Apuron was well on his way to being exonerated, and if not exonerated, at least he would be given cover to hide under the crafty term "certain accusations," so that the world, and specifically the NCW world, might think that the whole deal was about some mere mismanagement, and that Apuron (per his own story) was the victim of a nefarious real estate salesman (me) who allegedly was in league with a Chinese gambling interest. (SMH)

But then came the McCarrick thing. 

McCarrick, as archbishop of Washinton D.C., had bestrode the the U.S. Catholic world for many years, and in retirement, as we now know, had slithered and slimed his way in to the highest halls of power in Rome, and, specifically, with Pope Francis, had become a king maker, directing Francis (or so we are now learning) as to which of his buddies (think Cupich) would make archbishops and cardinals of powerful, rich American dioceses. 

McCarrick's history proved to be too sordid for Francis to ignore, and as the World glared in on him over the McCarrick thing, Francis' options to help the Neocats (via Filoni) save Apuron, quickly dissipated.

With the Apuron thing hanging over his head, Francis could not very well exonerate the first bishop to be convicted by a Vatican tribunal led by one of the world's most well known and trusted Cardinals (Burke), even if Apuron was a no name himself from a place most of the world knows little about. So Apuron was doomed.

But not yet.

Remember, this is not about the NCW saving Apuron, this is about Apuron saving the NCW...by saving Apuron, even if the lies have to get bigger. Thus, Apuron's response to even the Pope finding him guilty on appeal. As we know, Apuron (actually, his handlers) continues to maintain his innocence, but (and I know exactly who this is aimed at) he continues to cast himself as the target of a calculated conspiracy. 

Yes, "the evidence is clear," but the case is "complicated." And now you know why. And soon, the day is coming when you will know "the rest of the story." 

Friday, April 12, 2019

MASS OF HEALING FOR JOHN TOVES

(Posted by frenchie)






A Mass of healing will take place on Saturday April 13th at 17h00 (5pm) at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Agat for our dear friend John Toves.

As we have noted earlier, John is fighting courageously against a rare form of Cancer.
Please join us to pray for him.


Thank you very much in advance for your participation.

Pax Christi.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

ISHIZAKI: APURON NEEDS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY

Ishizaki: Anthony Apuron needs to take responsibility for his crimes

The fall from grace of former Archbishop Anthony Apuron has been adjudicated by the Vatican. But what about closure for the victims?

The church has gone through tumultuous times, with conflicts over sexual abuse of children over many years and the internal squabble between traditionalists and Neocatechumenal Way. CONTINUED

THE WORLD OVER LIVE: APURON

Fr. Gerald Murray: "This man has been found guilty of multiple convictions of the sexual abuse of minors..."



Note: I still disagree that laicization would be the ultimate punishment for Apuron. If Apuron was laicized, he could not be kept from returning to Guam, nor could any further discipline be imposed, such as sentencing him to a remote monastery to live out his days in prayer and penance (which is what Pope Benedict 16 did to Fr. Marcel Maciel). 

NEW ARCHBISHOP FOR GUAM

Holy Father Confirms New Archbishop for Guam

Archbishop Michael Byrnes Issues Letter to Faithful

APRIL 06, 2019 22:49 ZENIT STAFF CATHOLIC CHURCH

With the publication April 4, 2019, of the confirmation of the unappealable judgment of the Court of First Appeal against Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes will succeed him as archbishop of the metropolitan see of Agaña, Guam. The Vatican announced the appointment on April 6, 2019.

Archbishop Byrnes released the following letter in light of the Vatican decisions: CONTINUED

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

SO IT'S ALL COMING OUT NOW...AND THERE WILL BE MORE

For more than five years, I was slandered, smeared, libeled, attacked and threatened by Apuron's Cabal, led by Cristobal and Edivaldo, for supposedly masterminding Apuron's ouster so I could work a real estate deal and get a commission on the sale of this property. 

Like everything else these people have ever said and still say, it was all lies, lies, and more lies. And now the sale of this property proves it. I had nothing to do with the sale of the property and I won't see a dime of commission. 

And what's more, because Apuron's lies were so effective, I actually received calls from potential buyers and I referred every call to the listing agent. So it's all coming out now, isn't it. And there will be more

Church awaits court OK for $5.4M former Accion Hotel sale, to pay clergy sex abuse victims

Monday, April 8, 2019

PDN: WHAT WE KNOW...

What we know about the Vatican ruling against former Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron.

Guilty verdict upheld
The Tribunal of Second Instance made a decision on Feb. 7, 2019, upholding the verdict announced in March 2018 that found Apuron guilty.

What it means
Apuron is guilty of "delicts against the Sixth Commandment with minors." According to Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes, that means Apuron is guilty of adultery, rape, breaking the rules of chastity and other serious crimes — essentially sexual abuse of minors. CONTINUED

Saturday, April 6, 2019

PDN. APURON'S VICTIMS: HE DESERVED HIS PENALTIES


Walter Denton was in the dugout at a softball game Thursday when his phone received a text alert.

His heart started to beat fast, he said, as he read the news that he's long been waiting for: "Vatican upholds Apuron's conviction in clergy sex abuse cases."

On this same month in 1977, when Denton was a 13-year-old altar boy in Agat, he said he was raped by Anthony S. Apuron, then a parish priest. Apuron would rise to become the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Agana for 30 years. CONTINUED

THE WOLVES

"Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves."
- MASS, IMPOSITION OF THE PALLIUM AND CONFERRAL OF THE FISHERMAN'S RING FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE PETRINE MINISTRY OF THE BISHOP OF ROME, HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI, St. Peter's Square, Sunday, 24 April 2005



On April 4, 2019, Archbishop Byrnes held a press conference relative to the Vatican's release of the news that Apuron's appeal had been denied. After Archbishop Byrnes' remarks, he was asked several questions by the local press. Following are those questions with most of what Archbishop Byrnes answered and to which we add our own notes. (See the posted recording of the conference for the full remarks and Q&A.)

(Our NOTES are only our personal views.)

REPORTER: "...there was not any mention of laicization, does this in effect mean that Apuron can still hold Mass, just not on Guam but elsewhere. If that is the case then what does this conviction truly mean." 

AB: "It means he can never come back to Guam, which is relatively severe. 

OUR NOTE: While in most cases a priest can celebrate Mass anywhere, he cannot do so publicly without authorization (faculties) from the local Ordinary - the bishop of the diocese where the priest happens to be. This may very well be why Apuron had his most recent protestations of innocence translated and published in Italian. He already has a bishop (or bishops) in mind who will give him faculties in Italy where the Neocatechumenal Way is strong. Plus there is always Bishop Camilo Ballin, an Italian confrere of NCW chief, Cardinal Filoni, whose current position (Ballin's) is Apostolic Vicar of Northern Arabia and who we helped make famous when he surreptitiously took in the fugitive Fr. Luis Camacho. 
But even Ballin is not going to be so bold as to give Apuron a visible position. More than likely Apuron will do exactly what was in the plan for him since 1995 when he brought the NCW into Guam. Apuron, knowing that one day his history would catch up to him, very likely traded control of Guam to the NCW for a promise of protection should the likes of Walter Denton ever surface. So Apuron will continue to minister as a priest in the underground NCW network that has already given cover to Wadeson, Camacho, and probably Cristobal too. 
REPORTER: "Is he still able to ordain priests?" 

AB: "That's an interesting question. The canon lawyers said this is an issue."

OUR NOTE: Apuron has not been removed from the episcopacy, only from his position as the Archbishop of Agana. The prohibition on his being able to wear certain items (insignia) which would indicate he is a bishop, does not make him an "ex-bishop." And as bishop, he certainly maintains the "powers" to ordain priests. The question is "who would want him to?" The answer is easy: The NCW. While Archbishop of Agana, Apuron had already been a servant of the Neocat heads for several years, ordaining men to the priesthood per the orders of his Neocat superiors, even ordaining men who he most likely knew, even in his own compromised state, that he knew he should not have. So most likely, unless otherwise prohibited by the Pope, Apuron will be busy ordaining priests for the NCW, under the shelter of bishops like Ballin. 
One of the reasons there are not clear answers to these questions is because Apuron was the first bishop in modern Church history to undergo a canonical trial, and it appears that there as many questions as to what to do with him now as there were when it was first decided to grant Apuron a canonical trial. Remember it was Apuron himself who demanded a trial, believing he would be exonerated. 


REPORTER: "Does this mean Apuron will still receive a stipend from the Archdiocese of Agana? 

AB: "Yes..."

OUR NOTE: Per Church law, the Ordinary (now Archbishop Byrnes) is always responsible for the material well-being of the clergy incardinated in his diocese, even if they no longer reside in it. So it's not something Archbishop Byrnes can decide not to do. The last figure we heard for Apuron's care was $1500 per month.

REPORTER: "...in terms of healing for the victims, there are those that have expressed that the archbishop (Apuron) should be allowed to Guam, particularly to stand trial for his crimes. Is that something you would be willing to talk to the Vatican about? 

AB: "Yes..."

OUR NOTE: While the case against Apuron personally is still proceeding through the civil courts on Guam, he is not going to "stand trial for his crimes." While the statute of limitations for civil liability was lifted for the sex abuse of minors, the criminal statute was not. Apuron can be found civilly liable for his offenses, but not criminally. In any event, there will still be a trial, and Apuron could be required to appear before the Court, but that might be up to the judge. "The pope won't let me" is not a likely excuse the judge in the civil trial will accept. 

REPORTER: "He's still a Capuchin. And he has a superior and he's not longer a diocesan, so does he have to stay in his community and answer to his superior, and how do we track...?"

AB: (was unsure)

OUR NOTE: When Apuron was consecrated bishop in 1986, he was released from his vow of obedience to his Capuchin superior as well as his vow of poverty - as diocesan clergy do not take a vow of poverty. In short, other than the Pope, Apuron is not beholden to any superior and is a Capuchin in name and dress (if he wants) only. 

REPORTER: "What is the archdiocese's response to Apuron maintaining his innocence?"

AB: "I'm sad. I don't think that's right."

REPORTER: "Were you surprised that he did not even apologize to the victims in Guam in general?"

AB: "Sadly no."

OUR NOTE: As effectively the Archbishop of Agana since late 2016, Archbishop Byrnes has had access to a lot more information than probably anyone other than the  members of the Vatican tribunal who found him guilty. And while, the Vatican's statement is short, terse, and lacking detail, Archbishop Byrnes' very personal response to these two questions says all we need to know about Apuron's lame claim to innocence. 
It's easy to see why Apuron is still claiming innocence. This is no longer about the NCW saving Apuron (restoring him to Archbishop of Agana), but about Apuron saving the NCW, or more to the point, being used to save the NCW. The NCW was so vested in Apuron that for Apuron to go down in flames would be a permanent wound to the NCW worldwide and we'd soon see the end of it. So the NCW heads need to keep Apuron propped up, for no one else to see but their own. 
In his reply, Apuron once again trotted out the conspiracy angle and "new evidence." There is nothing and no one prohibiting Apuron from naming names, but he won't, because he knows that doing so would open the door to lawsuits for defamation.  

REPORTER: "When Apuron dies, will his body be allowed to be brought to Guam and be buried in the Cathedral?"

AB: "Another good question that I don't have an answer for. On the face of it I would say no that he wouldn't be buried here."

OUR NOTE: It is only a tradition and not a rule or a right that the body of a former bishop of a diocese may be interred in the diocesan cathedral. Whoever is Ordinary at the time Apuron passes will probably be the one to decide whether or not Apuron can be buried on local church grounds or even within the diocese.

REPORTER: Lay people pretty loosely toss out the term "defrocked." Can you explain..."

AB: "He was not laicized, but defrocked means your clothing and there's certain clothing he cannot wear now." 

REPORTER: "I guess it would be accurate to say that he was effectively defrocked."

AB: "Yes, but not in the way people think. Laicization means you are no longer a priest. 

REPORTER: "But he still is."

AB: "He still is, yah." 

OUR NOTE: It continues to be a bit maddening to see the clamor for Apuron to be laicized, as if that is the ultimate sentence for guys like Apuron. We need to be reminded that not laicizing Apuron keeps him under the control of the Pope and "saves" him for further discipline, including the equivalent of imprisonment such as being assigned to a cloister to finish out his life in prayer and penance. If Apuron was laicized, he would be a free man, and he has enough private wealth and connections (remember where he was found hiding in 2017?) to live out the rest of his life in security and comfort. Moreover, rarely if ever is laicized clergy banned from living in their home diocese. Apuron was. This is why AB says as the beginning of the Q&A that that is already "relatively severe."  
Additionally, though, the prohibition of Apuron's wearing the episcopal insigna, a new provision of his sentence that was not part of the first sentence, is actually what DEFROCKING is. As AB explained, "de-frocking" means removing the "frock" (clothing). And Apuron can no longer wear anything (mitre, ring, etc.) that would signal his episcopal status. 

REPORTER: "As the head of the Catholic Church here on Guam, how difficult is it would you say to defend the Catholic Faith when you have conflicting decisions where in one instance you have a priest who is laicized who's not and he's still allowed to go forward and be a priest?

AB: "The church is more than it's priests and more than its bishops. It's the place where Jesus Christ is consecrated in the Eucharist. That's what the Church does, it makes Christ visible and tangible to the people of God. We've always been a Church with faults and this is our turn... Nonetheless, the Church is the Body of Christ..."

OUR NOTE: Again, the problem with seeing laicization as a bigger punishment when in fact, at least in Apuron's case, it is not. Though, his not being laicized will still make him useful to the NCW, so we have to suspect that Filoni et.al had something to do with that.

REPORTER: "...when this happens it is the ultimate violation of trust, and the people wanted justice and every individual has their idea of justice in their minds. What message do you have for those who are not only Catholics but to those who critiquing and scrutinizing the Church to reconcile with themselves..."

AB: "Justice is going to mean something different for each person...tell me to your face that you're sorry. And that hasn't happened. I'm standing in the place of Archbishop Apuron..but I'm not him. ...the other aspect is...never again. So we're investing in some of the best things we know how to do to prevent it. We have over 2000 people in our diocese who are trained to be aware of what are the signs of child abuse, whether physical or sexual or emotional. We've got people who are mandatory (mandated) reporters. That's something. And we'll do our best. And you can be sure that if a credible accusation gets through our independent review board, we will take action immediately. We're actually already involved with one right now...

OUR NOTE: Sadly, this is the only place where we feel that AB continues to miss the mark. But he's not alone. The problem isn't pedophilia and it never was. Even the John Jay Criminal Justice Study commissioned by the USCCB which provided the foundation for the so-called "Dallas Charter" (which AB has adopted) noted that only 6% of the victims over a period of 50 years were prepubescent children (mostly boys). Nearly all of the victims were adolescents at the time of their abuse, i.e. "biological adults," and once again, mostly males. So while the victims may be minors, they are NOT "children." 
This is precisely why, upon being raised to the office of Pope, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, and now Pope Benedict XVI immediately initiated a "purge" of the seminaries. Prior to becoming Pope, Ratzinger was Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith, a position which placed him at ground zero of the clergy sex abuse scandals that had erupted 5 years before his being raised to the Pontificate. And this is precisely why Benedict was driven out of office in 2013 by those he called "the wolves."





WASHINGTON POST: SORROWFUL SHAME

Archbishop: Vatican decision closure to a ‘sorrowful shame’

By Associated Press April 5 at 1:03 AM

HAGATNA, Guam — The Vatican’s decision to uphold its conviction of the U.S. territory’s ousted Archbishop Anthony Apuron for sexually abusing minors marks a sorrowful chapter in church history, the current archbishop of Guam, Michael Byrnes, said. CONTINUED

PDN: NEOCAT UPDATE

https://www.guampdn.com/story/news/2018/03/19/guam-archbishop-byrnes-speaks-vaticans-guilty-verdict-apuron/437020002/

Neocatechumenal Way

Byrnes said he is still consulting on the status of the Neocatechumenal Way, a group within the church whose practices sometimes are at odds with those of Guam's traditional Catholic community. *

"In the meantime, what I established last year is still enforced," Byrnes said.

In March 2017, Byrnes asked for a one-year pause on the formation of new Neocatechumenal Way communities until a review of its teachings and practices is completed.

Apuron allowed the Neocatechumenal Way to take root on Guam and became a follower. He transferred a multi-million property to the Neocatechumenal Way, against the advice of his financial council, which he later dissolved.

The closed Redemptoris Mater Seminary, in the former Accion Hotel in Yona, is one of the 41 properties that the archdiocese could sell to help settle the nearly 160 clergy sex abuse lawsuits filed against the church.

Byrnes said the process of making these properties available for sale is moving forward, although at a slower pace than initially thought.

* MY NOTE: The practices of the NCW are not "at odds with those of Guam's traditional Catholic community." The practices of the NCW are at odds with what is legislated in its own Statute. 

CRUX: FINAL RULING AGAINST APURON




Rejecting appeal, Vatican hands down final ruling against Guam bishop

ROME - The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has rejected an appeal by the now-former Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron of Agana, Guam, upholding its judgment of finding him guilty of abuse against minors.

The doctrinal tribunal’s decision is final and no further appeals are possible, it said in a communique published April 4. CONTINUED

Friday, April 5, 2019

ULTIMATELY, APURON BROUGHT DOWN APURON

https://www.guampdn.com/story/news/local/2019/04/04/vatican-upholds-apurons-conviction-officially-removes-him-archbishop/3361938002/

Apuron, in his statement, said there's been a coordinated campaign against him. 
"The pontifical secret prevents me from litigating my good name in public, but I wish to take this opportunity to offer my deepest thanks to the many individuals who have privately and publicly come forward in my defense, despite threats and the climate of fear on my beloved home of Guam," he said. 
Apuron said this climate, "shown by the local media, which hampered the work of the court of first instance, testifies to the presence of a pressure group that plotted to destroy me, and which has made itself clearly known even to authorities in Rome."
*****



Apuron already has the opportunity to "litigate (his) good name in public," and no "pontifical secret" can keep him from doing so. It's called a civil case and it is before the District Court. But Apuron has been working frantically to get the case dismissed

So he is NOT interested in "litigating his good name." He will be found just as guilty in the civil court as he was found guilty in the FIRST EVER Vatican trial of its kind, and certainly the first ever Appeal of that verdict, NOT TO MENTION that the POPE HIMSELF was very public about deciding the Appeal all on his own.

Apuron is NOT prohibited from naming the so-called "pressure group" or the members of the "coordinated campaign," but he won't. And he won't because there was no "pressure group" or "organized campaign" other than what was already very visible on this blog for nearly six years. 

The only "pressure group" was the group of Catholics who had had enough and finally pulled together to march until Apuron was gone. And the only "organized campaign" was the campaign to tell the truth about Apuron over and over and over, NOT by the media - as Apuron claimed - but by the relentless contributors to this blog, aka "Jungle Nation." 

Let's be clear, Apuron's ouster was NOT brought about by the Media, lawyers, or legislators (e.g. Boston in "Spotlight"). Apuron's ouster was brought about by a group of elderly Catholics who KNEW Apuron all their lives, and who decided NOT to let another generation of Catholics be destroyed by his ilk. 


But ultimately, Apuron was brought down by Apuron. And if you need a demonstration of how he did it, all you need to do is read his statement of April 4, 2019

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