Sunday, July 5, 2020


Why is the Chancery Giving Prominence to Two NCW Priests Serving in New Jersey? 
By David Sablan President, Concerned Catholics of Guam, Inc. 

Founder of the NCW
Why is leadership of the Archdiocese of Agana placing a lot of emphasis and prominence in reporting that two men, originally from Guam, were ordained to the priesthood in New Jersey after completing their studies at a Neocatechumenal Way Redemptoris Mater Seminary? Could it be that there are still NCW sympathizers in the Chancery and in the clergy? 

These two men started their “Way” to ordination by attending the fake seminary at Yona. One even stated in the Pacific Daily News (03 July 2020 issue, page 5) that he received a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology at the Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores Catholic Theological Institute for Oceania on Guam. Really? Who was or were the professors who taught sacred theology at that fake seminary? There was never a bonafide faculty at that fake seminary. 

I was shocked at what this same man said was the reason for his becoming a priest! With the help of a priest, probably an NCW-oriented one, he found that the Lord was offering him a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enter into an ADVENTURE” (my emphasis) that would take him to places that he never thought he would see or visit. Wow! Later in the interview, he did state that his mission as a priest “is to bring others closer to God.” The latter should be the only reason to be a priest. And by bringing people closer to God through the administering of the holy sacraments, a priest is saving souls for God. That is his duty. 

Typical of the NCW to make things sound big and intimidating to the common Catholic, the "Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores Catholic Theological Institute for Oceania in Guam" sounds quite impressive till you see that the “Institute” is an unfinished hotel building project whose owners defaulted when they went bankrupt. 

Oceania is a huge region in the Pacific that includes, Australia, New Zealand, the islands of Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia. So that fake seminary in Yona was training seminarians from “Oceania” which in total has a population of about 41 million people. Really? 

The fact is, there were only 10 seminarians from Samoa and American Samoa who came to attend that fake seminary, and then later were withdrawn by their respective bishops. There were several from Guam and Saipan. That was the entire enrollment from “Oceania”. Clearly, the bishops of Samoa and American Samoa did not believe their seminarians were getting the education and formation necessary to be good and qualified priests. 

In 2017, Archbishop Byrnes closed that fake “seminary” in Yona because it was not sustainable. I also believe it was not up to training and education standards necessary to prepare men for the priesthood. Archbishop Byrnes knows what curriculum is needed to form men for the priesthood and the seminary in Yona was a scam. Archbishop Byrnes should know because he was Vice Rector of Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. 

This closure made those two men from Guam enroll at a Redemptoris Mater Seminary in New Jersey. Maybe it has more credentials than the one Archbishop Byrnes closed in Yona. But I would question, why go there; why not go to a proper seminary to train for the priesthood and then return to Guam to serve the faithful here?

Back to the Communications Office of the Archdiocese giving prominence to the two men who were originally from Guam and who were ordained recently to be priests in a New Jersey Archdiocese for the Neocatechumenal Way. Bear with me as I go through some historical events and facts leading up to my point about the Communications Office of the Archdiocese of Agana emphasizing the ordination of two men originally from Guam (though one was born in California and raised in Guam), now serving in the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey as NCW priests. 

Concerned Catholics of Guam, Inc. (CCOG) with the “Laity Forward Movement” have been watching and studying the activities of the Neocatechumenal Way in Guam for many years now to determine if their hierarchy is truly capable and worthy to teach Adult Catholic Catechesis and the Magisterium of the Church as interpreted by the Pope and the bishops through Scripture and Tradition. 

Archbishop Byrnes had requested to see the NCW’s Catechetical Directory (their Catechesis teaching manual basically) since early 2018. He has not received it as of this date to the best of my knowledge. WHY? Because their teachings are contradictory to the Magisterium of the Church, that’s why. 

Excerpts from their directory have been gathered and studied by others who shared the information with CCOG. Archbishop Byrnes is responsible for what goes on in the Archdiocese of Agana, but these NCW leaders defy his authority. 

Archbishop Byrnes should EXPEL them from Guam. 

There is enough documented evidence and first-hand accounts of the NCW’s activities that CCOG has gathered to prove this organization—as Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan has said, “is a Trojan Horse within the Church.” He should know. He worked with the NCW in Karaganda, Kazakhstan for several years by order of his Archbishop. 

Here is an excerpt from an interview with Bishop Schneider back in March 2016 which highlights the deceit of the NCW operating within the Catholic Church, thus, the analogy to the “Trojan Horse.” 

“I know them very well because I was an episcopal delegate for them for several years in Kazakhstan in Karaganda. And I assisted their Masses and meetings and I read the writings of Kiko, their founder, so I know them well.  
“When I speak openly without diplomacy, I have to state: The Neocatechumenate is a Protestant-Jewish community inside the Church with a Catholic decoration only (my emphasis).  
“The most dangerous aspect is regarding the Eucharist, because the Eucharist is the heart of the Church. When the heart is in a bad way, the whole body is in a bad way. For the Neocatechumenate, the Eucharist is primarily a fraternal banquet. This is a Protestant, a typically Lutheran attitude. They reject the idea and the teaching of the Eucharist as a true sacrifice. They even hold that the traditional teaching of, and belief in, the Eucharist as a sacrifice is not Christian but pagan. This is completely absurd, this is typically Lutheran, Protestant.  
“During their liturgies of the Eucharist they treat the Most Holy Sacrament in such a banal manner, that it sometimes becomes horrible. They sit while receiving Holy Communion, and then they lose the fragments because they do not take care of them, and after Communion they dance instead of praying and adoring Jesus in silence. This is really worldly and pagan, naturalistic.” 
Bishop Athanasius Schneider, March 2016 Interview at the John Henry Newman Center of Higher Education, Hungary. 

The NCW has been here in Guam since mid 1990’s at the invitation of Fr. Adrian Cristobal, now a fugitive from the Archdiocese of Agana, who has broken his vow of obedience to Archbishop Byrnes who ordered him to return to Guam on at least two occasions. No one knows where Cristobal is now; as is Bishop Anthony Apuron, disgraced former Archbishop of Agana, who deceived us to support the fake seminary in Yona financially to the tune of about $1 million annually among other things he did in abusing the trust we placed in him. He told us the seminary was to train, educate and ordain priests for Guam. 

As many news reports stated several years ago, the property the seminary sat on in Yona was secretly deeded to the NCW for free and was controlled by the NCW hierarchy. Their articles of incorporation clearly stated they were training men in the Neocatechumenal Way. They were not for Guam. 
They were bringing in men from South America, Central America, and the US. And the people of Guam were subsidizing their stay at that fake seminary! There are still some NCW-ordained priests on Guam, who celebrate their own mass with their NCW followers only. 

They do not follow the Rubrics as found in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, the law governing the sacramental rite of the Roman Catholic mass. As Bishop Schneider stated, they dance at their mass; they sit for communion; and forget about the crumbs of the Eucharist that falls to the floor. They have testimonials from their followers when the sermon or homily should be presented to the congregation at mass by the celebrant.

So, now to my point. Why, with all the sweat, tears, protests, and prayers in public that the faithful on Guam have gone through to remove Apuron from his seat as the Archbishop of Agana because of all that he did to deceive the people of Guam in addition to the boys he sexually abused and their families whom he has traumatized; for the efforts the faithful of Guam has done to bring attention to the abuse of the assets of our Archdiocese by Apuron and all his cohorts, some who have left the island, would the Communications Office and the Chancery give public media prominence to two individuals from Guam who deserted Guam to serve as priests elsewhere? 

They had a choice to go to a seminary in California and thereafter return to Guam to serve our people. Instead they chose to go to an NCW seminary and serve somewhere else. 

This is an insult to all the people who worked to clean up our Church these past several years and who continue to do so, because the people behind these two priests are the NCW organization, which, along with Apuron and his cohorts, have severely harmed our Church in Guam! 

And the Chancery and the Archdiocese of Agana’s Communications Office is effectively sticking it in our face! 

I would not put it past the NCW leadership to be behind this effort to “stick it to us” for taking two of Guam’s sons to serve their organization instead of serving the people of Guam. 

I learned also there are a few other men from Guam who are studying for the priesthood at an NCW seminary in the US. They are free to choose where they want to be formed for the priesthood, of course, as long as we do not pay for their training and education. 

The four seminarians we have now studying at St. Patrick’s seminary are to be commended and supported by us and promoted with prominence by us and our Archdiocese at every opportunity during the course of their formation. 

They need to know we are praying for them to be good priests to serve our people on Guam, to conquer this evil and remove the stench of evil that Apuron and his ilk have left on Guam. 

To the Communications Office director, Tony Diaz, stick to stories of the sons of Guam who are studying for the priesthood to serve the Catholics of Guam, not some neocat deserters. 

I urge you to remove the stories of these two NCW priests from the Archdiocese of Agana’s Facebook page and wherever else you have the story presented. We do not condone anything related to the NCW on Guam because of what they have done to our Church. And our Chancery and Archdiocese should not promote anything they do. We should be working together to expel this heresy from Guam, officially and “by the book.” 

And please don’t say that we do not have a voice in this matter because we are not an official or an organization of the Archdiocese. We do! Because this is our Church too! And we are doing what is right to protect our Church from charlatans infiltrating it at high places and throughout to take it over for their own purposes. 

Concerned Catholics of Guam, Inc. is not an organization of the Archdiocese by design. So we can be critical of your directives and actions if we see it going down the wrong path. Keep your guard up; scrutinize anything coming from the NCW. In fact, throw it in the trash can. 

We do not need to promote them or what they are doing to divide our Church, even if you think we should be trying to “get along.” 

Sorry, the NCW leadership is deceitful, and we should be strong enough in our faith to see the Truth. 

Please get this through your noggins up there at the Chancery 

Saturday, July 4, 2020


A few days ago, Tony Diaz, Director of Communications for the Archdiocese of Agana, released a statement relative to the discontinuance of Apuron's stipend. 

There was an immediate backlash on social media indicating that there are many who do not understand why - more than two years after Apuron was found guilty of the sexual abuse of minors by the Vatican - that Apuron has continued to receive a stipend via the "collection plate" of the Catholics who have already been burdened with paying for the bankruptcy wrought by the same Apuron. 

Typical of this archdiocese's historic treatment of the laity, there was a "none of your business attitude" in the release. 

That's too bad. The release was a wonderful opportunity to heal the wounds at many levels. 

First, there was the opportunity to explain that the current archbishop was bound by canon law to continue Apuron's stipend given that the Vatican stopped short of laicizing ("defrocking") Apuron. 

Second, there was the opportunity to demonstrate that we can trust the current archbishop in demonstrating that more than likely there was "good cause shown" to the Vatican big boys (i.e. the CDF* and even the pope), that - due to the bankruptcy - it would be immoral to continue to pay Apuron his stipend when us "lowly" lay Catholics are already being made to foot the bill to keep our parishes and schools open because of what Apuron did.

*CDF is Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which was ultimately the Vatican authority which pronounced Apuron "guilty." It is also noteworthy that this is the first time in Church history wherein a bishop was found guilty in a trial before a Vatican tribunal. 

And, third, it was an opportunity to educate everyone about what happens when church law and civil law come into conflict, something all of us need to know more about these days. 

However, none of this was done. And it remains to be seen whether or our current archbishop (via "Fr. Ron" and "Tony") will tell us "the rest of the story." 

As far as JungleWatch Nation (and specifically Tim Rohr, the author of this post) is concerned, the real issue is WHY?, several years hence, the leadership of the NCW, i.e. David Atienza* - "arch" NCW "catechist" for Guam, is permitted to continue to defy Archbishop Byrnes at almost every level: 

(1) Atienza's refusal to provide Archbishop Byrnes a copy of the NCW Catechetical Directory - so AB Byrnes can perform his canonical due diligence inquiry into the NCW doctrine; 

(2) why the NCW (via Atienza) is continuing to "celebrate" their "Eucharist" according to their own - and mostly prohibited - rubrics right under the new AB's nose; and  

(3) whether or not the NCW's (i.e. Atienza's*) continued "black trash bag" collections - or a portion thereof - are being routed to Apuron. 

We encourage Archbishop Byrnes to take a "deep look" at the "deep state" which still runs what is left of this archdiocese and which led us into bankruptcy in the first place. Hint: They are right next door.

*According to this, Atienza is being sustained and supported by the tax-payers of Guam. 


P.S. Do not think that we are not aware of the "rest of the story." 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020


June 30, 2020

News Release

Archbishop Byrnes discontinuing
monthly honorarium to Bishop Apuron

The Archdiocese of Agaña will no longer remit a monthly honorarium to former Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

The decision by Archbishop Michael Byrnes will become effective Wednesday, July 1.

Bishop Apuron was found guilty of sexual abuse of minors by the Vatican’s Apostolic Tribunal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith two years ago. Bishop Apuron had appealed the initial finding in 2018 but the Vatican announced on April 4 of 2019 that the Tribunal had “upheld the sentence of First Instance finding the Archbishop guilty of delicts against the Sixth Commandment with minors.”

With the removal of office, the Archdiocese has still remitted a monthly honorarium of $1,500 to former Archbishop Apuron, even during this time of bankruptcy.

“The monthly honorarium has been, to say the least, very difficult for the victim survivors of sexual abuse to comprehend,” Father Ron Richards, Episcopal Vicar of the Archdiocese of Agaña said in a letter to Bishop Apuron last week. “The victim survivors see this honorarium, to a credibly accused violator of delicts against the Sixth Commandment, as contrary to justice and a continuation of the abuse they suffered at the hands of the clergy.”

“Archbishop Byrnes has heard from more of the victim survivors,” said Father Ron. “Recognizing the pain these survivors have experienced from the sexual abuse in the past, he sees the continuation of remitting this honorarium as a further deepening of the wounds they are trying to heal from.”

Archbishop Byrnes remains on extended leave off-island after undergoing hip surgery earlier this month.

Sent by Tony C. Diaz, Director of Communication

Monday, June 22, 2020


"The surreal cancellation of normal Catholic life by so many bishops around the world 'because of the virus' has created difficult sacramental situations which no reasonable Catholic could ever have expected to face."


By Cathy Cardi, on Canon Law Made Easy


Saturday, June 20, 2020


Posted by Bob
Useful idiots" as Lenin would say - Museum-Quality Poster 16x16in ...The post that ran on Monday drew some interesting comments which are set out below. A term that came up in the back-and-forth was "useful idiots" defined "... Lenin is credited with describing as "useful idiots," i.e. one who propagandizes for a cause without fully comprehending the cause's goals, and is cynically used by the cause's leaders." One of the commenters challenged the accuracy of the  post's tying BLM to neo-Marxists and then went on to embrace the term, "useful idiots." Here are the links and an article quoting Patrisse Cullors one of three founders of BLM quoted thusly, “Myself and Alicia are particularly trained organizers — we are trained Marxists."(Click on the link to watch the video.)

This piece is very theoretical, yet makes an interesting empirical claim: 'The grand unifying principle for the Marxists behind the Black Lives Matter movement is that everything—and they mean everything—can be reduced to “oppressors” versus the “oppressed.”' The author offers no evidence that Marxists are behind the Black Lives Matter movement. Furthermore, I was recently at the BLM demonstration on Guam. I heard no mention made of Marx, Marxism, or Marxists. Instead, one could see a billboard with Martin Luther King, Jr.'s image on it. One could also hear the name of Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu mentioned in conversation. Both of these men were (or are) Christians and men of the cloth. Although they were not present physically, they were present spiritually. At least some of those demonstrators understood themselves to be both Christian and supportive of BLM...without contradiction.

If BLM brings about a more judicious use of police force, a national conversation about race relations in American society, an awakening to the many inequalities in America, an historical appreciation of how America became America, and policies to make good the civil rights of her citizens, then I will gladly accept the tag to my name: Timothy Guile, useful idiot.

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors Confirms They Are ‘Trained Organizers and Marxists’ (VIDEO)

We already knew Black Lives Matter are radical neo-Marxists and the co-founder confirmed it during an interview this week.
Patrisse Cullors, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter proudly admitted she’s a radical, anti-white Marxist.
“We actually do have an ideological frame,” Cullors said. “Myself and Alicia are particularly trained organizers — we are trained Marxists. We are super versed on ideological theories…”
Black Lives Matter is seeking to transform America by defunding the police, dismantling capitalism, ‘destroying the patriarchy,’ breaking down the nuclear family unit, emptying prisons, redistributing wealth in the form of reparations among other far left objectives.
Black Lives Matter and Antifa rioters have destroyed small businesses, targeted churches and razed buildings to the ground.
Their goal is to bring chaos where there is order, fan the flames of class warfare and demonize Christians and conservatives.
The media praises Black Lives Matter and anyone who doesn’t bow down to them gets canceled.

Monday, June 15, 2020


"It’s unclear how many Christians are going along with the current neo-Marxist collective guilt movement out of fear, a misunderstanding of what they’ve signed onto, or an authentic conversion to the cause. What is clear, however, is that you can’t be a Christian and a Marxist at the same time—not without irresolvable contradictions."

You Can Be A Christian, You Can Be A Marxist, But You Can’t Be Both


Comments can be made on this post, but they may or may not be moderated. If you wish your comment to be seen, please make your comment at where you see this post. 

Sunday, June 7, 2020



Comments can be made on this post, but they may or may not be moderated. If you wish your comment to be seen, please make your comment at where you see this post. 


Click HERE for PDF

Comments can be made on this post, but they may or may not be moderated. If you wish your comment to be seen, please make your comment at where you see this post. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020


“You know, just standing here, right behind you, that is where I was raped,” says Denton, 56.

'Look what he's taken from me': the deadly toll of Catholic church sex abuse on Guam

There are now nearly 300 sexual abuse lawsuits against more than 20 priests on the deeply religious island in the western Pacific

by Anita Hofschneider in Agat, photographs by Ken D'Souza

Comments can be made on this post, but they may or may not be moderated. If you wish your comment to be seen, please make your comment at where you see this post. 

Friday, May 29, 2020


It was said in court that a total of 281 sex abuse complaints need to be resolved. Of those, 245 cases are in the District Court of Guam, 21 are in bankruptcy court, and 15 in the Superior Court of Guam.

Former archbishop must provide sworn statement

Former Archbishop Anthony Apuron could be allowed to give his sworn statement via Zoom from California before his sex abuse case can be settled. (CONTINUED)

Comments can be made on this post, but they may or may not be moderated. If you wish your comment to be seen, please make your comment at where you see this post. 

Monday, May 25, 2020


This is something some of us have been doing since about 2005: meeting once a week for about an hour and engaging in a variety of studies from Apologetics to a read through of the Bible. 

It's called a Catholic Adult Study Group because, in our opinion, while church leadership spends untold resources on our kids, their parents, Catholic adults, are mostly neglected...despite the fact that the constant mantra from the top is "faith begins at home." And then we wonder why the kids leave. SMH

Initially, we spent several years on apologetics, i.e. learning how to share the faith with others, both Catholic and non-Catholic. 

Then we did a complete read through and study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Currently we are doing a chronological read through of the Bible. This has proven to be especially challenging because not only are there many different versions of the Bible - even approved Catholic versions, some of those versions differ so radically that if you don't have the same version it's hard to know what the others are reading. However, we persist, and even the radically different versions of the same scripture give us cause for study.

After the Covid thing and we were no longer able to meet physically, some of us began meeting virtually. The virtual meeting had an added benefit. Per the "share screen" function, we could all read from the same version and we could collectively use helpful online commentaries. 

While we have never put this out to the general public before, we are now. Feel free to join us per the following information. While we are using the Douay-Rheims version of the Bible (Challoner edition), you are welcome to follow along in whatever version you prefer to use and share how your version translates/interprets the same verse(s). 

Oh, and no need to be Catholic to join. 

Tonight (Monday, 6pm, Guam Time) we will be doing this:

and using this:

We will be meeting at 6pm at:

Comments can be made on this post, but they may or may not be moderated. If you wish your comment to be seen, please make your comment at where you see this post. 

Sunday, May 24, 2020


Scroll to find

Comments can be made on this post, but they may or may not be moderated. If you wish your comment to be seen, please make your comment at where you see this post. 


"We, as individuals in the community, should also carefully consider whether we should celebrate Mass inside the building or via livestream, which has become a common channel of communication for many local churches. While we all want to resume a normal life, the simple truth is the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, a sometimes fatal respiratory infection, is still out there." Guam Daily Post Editorial, May 24, 2020

It is time to engage the central issue of what makes Catholic worship different than every other "worship" and why Mass "via livestream" CANNOT be our "common channel" to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - if you are Catholic, of course.  

For almost every other Christian expression of public worship, "worship" is, for the most part, a combination of singing and sermons. That's something that can be done at home, at church, in a barn, on the beach, or sitting in front of a screen. 

But Catholic worship is not that. The sermon usually makes up only about 10% of a Catholic worship service ("The Mass") and is sometimes optional, and singing (this will surprise most Catholics) is not even permitted except for under a very strict formula (as outlined in the post-conciliar document Musicam Sacram)

Catholic worship is different because the Catholic Mass is exactly what Jesus commanded us to do when on the night before he died, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ instructed his apostles to "DO THIS." 

He didn't give a sermon, and other than the strictly formulaic psalms as prescribed for the Passover he was celebrating, he didn't lead them in song. 

Worship is very serious business for anyone who takes Jesus Christ seriously. For a Catholic, there are three main instructions in Scripture relative to worship:

1. "Do this in memory of me." While Christ's command is found in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the most complete form is provided by Paul: And giving thanks, broke and said: Take ye and eat: This is my body, which shall be delivered for you. This do for the commemoration of me. 1 Cor 11:24

2. "And on the first day of the week, when we were assembled to break bread." Acts 20:7. Here we see that the first Christian communities understood that they were to assemble on the first day of the week, every week, and "break bread," which is of course in obedience to Christ's command to "DO THIS." 

3. "Every one therefore that shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in heaven. But he that shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven." Mt 10:32-33. While confessing Jesus before men certainly means preaching, sharing, and living the Gospel, our Church teaches us - as Jesus did - that the highest form of confessing Christ before men is the public celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. And millions of Christians have gone to their certain and often horrible deaths over the last two millennia for daring to "assemble to break bread," and many still do. 

By the way, that last verse is also why it is a mortal sin to willfully miss Mass. Another word for "confess" is "acknowledge" (See: New American Bible) And how did Christ command us to acknowledge him? With songs? With sermons? With private prayer? No. While all of the above still count, Christ commanded us to acknowledge him, to commemorate him, to confess him before men with our physical - and for centuries often life threatening - presence at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. 

"Corona" is Latin for "Crown." It is time for us to come out of our holes and take the crown we have conceded to Caesar (wherein we have denied him "before men") and give it back to Jesus Christ. But only if you're Catholic.

Comments can be made on this post, but they may or may not be moderated. If you wish your comment to be seen, please make your comment at where you see this post. 

Saturday, May 23, 2020


For weeks now, and especially in the wake of President Trump's "open the churches now" order, we are bombarded with mantras such as "we don't need a building to worship" and the like. 

Well, if you're not Catholic, you are right. If you're not Catholic, your "building" is well, a building. And you are also right, if you're not Catholic, that you can "worship" at home or wherever. But that's if you're not Catholic. 

If you're Catholic, then it really is about the building. Because if you're Catholic, your church building is not a building, it is a sacred space, a consecrated space, a descendant of the Tabernacle of Moses wherein was kept the Ark of the Covenant and upon which the Shekinah, the cloud of God's glory, settled. 

And our modern Catholic churches, despite the oft irreverence and sometimes sacrilege that occurs in them, are no different.

The Ark of the Covenant of Moses' day, which once held the Manna from Heaven, is now our Sacred Tabernacles, which now hold the True Manna from Heaven, the Bread of Angels, the Panis Angelicus, the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

But only if you're Catholic. 

Comments can be made on this post, but they may or may not be moderated. If you wish your comment to be seen, please make your comment at where you see this post. 

Friday, May 22, 2020


"Around the world, the cancellation of our sacramental life by many bishops "because of the virus" has become almost a joke. If civil authorities and their medical experts have determined that a gathering of 20 people does not pose a significant health risk in their region, then on what grounds does a diocesan bishop insist that it does?" 

Our Priest Cancelled Our Wedding, So Who Else Can Validly Marry Us?
by Cathy Caridi

Q:  My fiancé and I have been engaged for about a year, and long ago we had planned to marry on April 25.  As you can probably imagine, our parish priest cancelled the wedding entirely, citing a directive from the bishop that all weddings are postponed indefinitely because of the virus. In our locale, the […] CONTINUED

Comments can be made on this post, but they may or may not be moderated. If you wish your comment to be seen, please make your comment at where you see this post. 


Comments can be made on this post, but they may or may not be moderated. If you wish your comment to be seen, please make your comment at where you see this post. 


Comments can be made on this post, but they may or may not be moderated. If you wish your comment to be seen, please make your comment at where you see this post. 


Comments can be made on this post, but they may or may not be moderated. If you wish your comment to be seen, please make your comment at where you see this post. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020


May 19, 2020, Guam Time

Comments can be made on this post, but they may or may not be moderated. If you wish your comment to be seen, please make your comment at where you see this post. 

Sunday, May 17, 2020


Robinson alleges he was threatened with arrest if he hosted Mass at his church.

Priest suing Murphy over ban on religious gatherings, claims order violates Constitution

A Catholic priest in North Caldwell is suing Gov. Phil Murphy over the governor's stay-at-home directive, alleging in a new federal lawsuit that the state's prohibition of religious services during the coronavirus outbreak violates the U.S. Constitution.

The Rev. Kevin Robinson, of St. Anthony of Padua church, says in the four-count complaint that churches can easily accommodate the kind of social distancing that keeps some commercial businesses open. Murphy issued the directive, Executive Order 107, on March 21, banning all gatherings of individuals with some exceptions, not including religious services. CONTINUED

Comments can be made on this post, but they may or may not be moderated. If you wish your comment to be seen, please make your comment at where you see this post. 


“I am very disappointed that the public health director needs to be told that it is not OK to threaten an 87-year-old priest with jail if he so much as unlocked his church doors for anyone,” Young said.

Church sues town over virus order

ORANGE — Our Lady of Sorrows Church has sued the town health director, alleging that he overstepped his authority in canceling religious services in the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

The church and the Rev. Bernard Champagne filed the suit against Amir Mohammad in U.S. District Court.

Christian Young, an attorney with the Bridgeport law firm Cohen and Wolf, filed the lawsuit on behalf of the church. He said this is the first time in state history that government officials have ordered a church closed. CONTINUED

Comments can be made on this post, but they may or may not be moderated. If you wish your comment to be seen, please make your comment at where you see this post. 

Thursday, May 14, 2020


While most of us await the "all clear" from our government to go back to church or back to work or back to getting regular haircuts, some of our Catholic laity have decided to go back to praying together without permission from anyone. 

As reported in the Guam Daily Post:
On Wednesday about 20 people gathered at the former police “koban" in Barrigada for a rosary in celebration of Our Lady of Fatima, the Blessed Virgin Mary, despite a government mandate limiting gathering to no more than 10 people due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I thought if they are opening the mall, then we should be able to have our rosary.”
– Juanita Cruz, 79, founder of the Our Lady of Fatima Barrigada Group

On the same day, another group gathered outside the Cathedral and did the same. (Facebook link to video.)

Thank you!

Comments can be made on this post, but they may or may not be moderated. If you wish your comment to be seen, please make your comment at where you see this post. 

Thursday, May 7, 2020


Note: Aside from the current Covid frenzy, this is the problem with "Eucharistic Minsters" generally. At least we get to see the priest wash his hands before he distributes Holy Communion. Who knows where the "minister's" hand have been prior to their "handing" the sacred host to a communicant.

Communion in the hand is no more hygienic than Communion in the mouth. Indeed, it can be dangerous for contagion. From a hygienic point of view, the hand carries a huge amount of bacteria. Many pathogens are transmitted through the hands. Whether by shaking other people’s hands or frequently touching objects, such as door handles or handrails and grab bars in public transport, germs can quickly pass from hand to hand; and with these unhygienic hands and fingers people then touch often their nose and mouth. Also, germs can sometimes survive on the surface of the touched objects for days... 
....The next time you stop at McDonald’s, you may want to skip the new self-order machines, as a recent study found fecal matter on every touchscreen tested at the fast food restaurant. Conducted in November [2019] by U.K. newspaper Metro, the study swabbed screens at eight different McDonald’s locations in London and Birmingham. All of the self-order kiosks tested positive for an array of harmful bacteria.

Bishops Cannot Mandate Communion on the Hand or Forbid Communion on the Tongue

With the gradual thawing of restrictions on public gatherings, some dioceses have begun to issue new sets of regulations for Masses. These regulations often include a stated preference for Communion in the hand or even a forbiddance of Communion on the tongue. CONTINUED

Comments are open on this post. Not all comments will be posted due to the time it takes to moderate each comment. Comments remain open on this and other posts at

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

CARDINAL SARAH: "INSANE" of the solutions being considered is a “take-out” communion, because the distribution of the Eucharist is considered to have a “high contagion risk.” This proposal would see hosts placed in plastic bags to be consecrated by the priests and left on shelves for people to take. 
“No, no, no,” Sarah told Nuova Bussola Quotidiana, an Italian conservative site, in an interview published Saturday. “It’s absolutely not possible, God deserves respect, you can’t put him in a bag...

Top Vatican cardinal dismisses ‘take-out communion’ as ‘insane’

As Catholic bishops across Europe and in the United States discuss  reopening Mass to the faithful and ponder what to do about the distribution of communion, considered a “high risk of contagion” moment, Cardinal Robert Sarah of Ghana, head of the Vatican’s liturgical office, warned that the answer cannot be the “desecration of the Eucharist.”

The cardinal said that “no one can be denied confession and communion,” so even if the faithful cannot attend Mass, if a priest is asked to give either they must oblige. CONTINUED

Comments are open on this post. Not all comments will be posted due to the time it takes to moderate each comment. Comments remain open on this and other posts at

Monday, May 4, 2020


Comments are open on this post. Not all comments will be posted due to the time it takes to moderate each comment. Comments remain open on this and other posts at

Sunday, May 3, 2020


"It’s time for America’s religious leaders to come out of the closet and gather together to save freedom — and lives — in America. What will it take for the scales to fall from their eyes? The freedom they save may be their own."

Advice for the Church: Better Call Saul
By: Cliff Kincaid

A local pastor is walking dozens of miles to raise funds for the poor and hungry, many of whom have been created by the government’s COVID-19 economic lockdown. That’s a nice thing to do. But his own church in the Washington, D.C. area remains essentially closed, except for “private” displays of Christianity. Some of his parishioners entered the church to fill the pews with pictures of the people who used to be there. That’s sad. (CONTINUED)

Comments are open on this post. Not all comments will be posted due to the time it takes to moderate each comment. Comments remain open on this and other posts at


Amidst the discussion of permitting Mass again, some bishops are prohibiting the reception of the Sacred Host on the tongue. Catholics need to know their rights as Catholics in order not to be bullied out of those rights by their pastors in the same way Catholics were bullied out of their rights by the secular caesars. 

"I am a parish priest in a Midwestern diocese. Our bishop is allowing us to celebrate the Mass publicly again soon. One of the stipulations is that communion can only be given in the hand. Do you have any words of comfort or wisdom for members of my congregation who only receive on the tongue?"

Words of comfort for those whose bishop demand Communion only on the hand?
by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Since I have not seen the wording, the text, of what the bishop sent out, I can’t say much.  Past experience suggests that these documents really express the preference of the bishop (or rather the one who wrote it for the bishop) but expressed in such a highfalutin way that people who read it thing that it is a legitimate law, even when it contradicts the Church’s universal laws. (CONTINUED)

Comments are open on this post. Not all comments will be posted due to the time it takes to moderate each comment. Comments remain open on this and other posts at

Saturday, May 2, 2020

PRIEST SUES GOVERNOR - (takes "Be not afraid" seriously)

“It is our hope that this lawsuit will force the State to treat religious institutions as an “essential service,” with the same allowances that are already made for other essential services. If we prevail, we will once again begin holding Mass at St. Anthony’s, albeit under some limitations.”

Catholic Priest Sues NJ Governor Phil Murphy to Hold Mass

Catholic priest Father Kevin Robinson has sued NJ governor Phil Murphy alleging that executive order 107, invoked to fight the Coronavirus Pandemic, is infringing on his 1st and 14th amendment rights. CONTINUED

Comments are open on this post. Not all comments will be posted due to the time it takes to moderate each comment. Comments remain open on this and other posts at


"...because the Mass is truly a supernatural event whose heart is the mystery of the offering of the Son to the Father, the image on the screen is Nothing, in the sense that it is not the Mass.  It is watching Father going through the motions of the Mass. It cannot be and is not the Mass. I saw an invitation from a bishop, a good man, inviting those of his diocese to “join him in celebrating Mass this coming Sunday” via streaming.  No. Those who watch cannot join in the act because their physical presence is required to be part of the supernatural event that is the Mass."

Tired of Streaming Masses? An Alternative Option for How Families may worship in Spirit and in Truth in this time of Crisis.

-By Father Richard Gennaro Cipolla


Comments are open on this post. Not all comments will be posted due to the time it takes to moderate each comment. Comments remain open on this and other posts at

Friday, May 1, 2020


On Saturday, May 2, our archbishop will reconsecrate our island to Our Blessed Mother. The reconsecration will coincide with the U.S. Bishops doing the same on May 1. 

And while the reconsecration of our nation and our island to the Blessed Mother is a right and good thing, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf is imploring bishops "to pronounce the exorcism in Title XI Chapter 3 of the Roman Ritual over their dioceses" before the consecration:

"Before the consecration of these USA to the Blessed Mother, I call on all bishops to pronounce the exorcism in Title XI Chapter 3 of the Roman Ritual over their dioceses."


In the history of salvation, there have always been spiritual purifications before blessings and consecrations. 
  • In the traditional rite of baptism there are exorcisms.
  • In the traditional rite of consecration of a church there are exorcisms.
  • In the traditional rite of the blessing of Holy Water there are exorcisms.
  • Before Isaiah was given the office of prophet by God, the holy angel purified his lips with a burning coal.  Only then was he made God’s prophet.
  • In the traditional rite of Holy Mass, before the reading of the Gospel the image of the angel with the coal is invoked before God’s blessing is begged.
An exorcism first - or at least the public rejection of Satan - also follows the pattern of the annual renewal of our baptismal vows, which, had we been permitted to attend Mass on Easter, we would have done:

V. Do you reject Satan?
R. I do.

V. And all his works?
R. I do.
V. And all his empty promises?
R. I do.
V. Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth?
R. I do.
V. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?
R. I do.
V. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?
R. I do.
V. God, the all-powerful Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and forgiven all our sins. May he also keep us faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

Before reconsecrating ourselves to the Blessed Trinity we are asked to reject Satan, all his works, and all his empty promises. Of course, rejecting Satan before participating in anything holy follows the same pattern as to why we go to confession (or used to) before we receive communion. 

Given the absolute decades of "filth in the Church" which have been uncovered in the last few years (the real plague by the way), not to mention our electing as governor the first president of People for Choice*, Guam's first pro-abortion activist organization, which, beginning in 1990, paved the way for thousands of murdered infants, mostly Chamorro (the following chart only shows 2008-2017)...

...perhaps an exorcism first?

* Asian/Pacific Islander American Women: A Historical Anthology, edited by Shirley Hune, Gail M. Nomura, Pg. 375

Comments are open on this post. Not all comments will be posted due to the time it takes to moderate each comment. Comments remain open on this and other posts at

Wednesday, April 29, 2020


Guam has plenty of them. Wouldn't it be great if one of them went to bat for our church like this AG is doing?

Reopen churches to in-person services or face legal action, AG says

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Attorney General Daniel Cameron is calling upon Gov. Andy Beshear to reopen churches to in-person services or face legal action.

During a Tuesday press conference outside the Capitol, Cameron said, “The Governor should allow churches to resume in-person services, consistent with the (U.S.) Constitution and CDC guidelines.  And if he doesn’t, we will be forced to file a lawsuit and allow a judge to determine whether his order, as it pertains to religious groups, is constitutional.” (CONTINUED)

Comments are open on this post. Not all comments will be posted due to the time it takes to moderate each comment. Comments remain open on this and other posts at

Tuesday, April 28, 2020


After Fr. Paul Gofigan, representing the Archdiocese of Agana, nicely asked Governor LLG for permission for Catholics to once again attend Mass, baptize babies, and anoint the sick - amongst other sacramental acts, Governor LLG, via her Director of Public Health, Mrs. Linda Unpingco DeNorcey, basically said HELL NO:

"DPHSS neither supports, nor approves any sacramental services..."

What an awesome opportunity we have here! 

Let's face it. In the wake of Apuron's atrocities and now the world's largest clergy sex abuse scandal (per capita), it is understandable that certain Catholic Church leaders might be shy about standing up to Caesar LLG. But this is exactly what "they" need to do. 

And I say "they" because, unlike the Apuron scandal wherein it was the laity who led the way, the laity cannot do a thing to restore the sacraments only priests can provide. 

It's actually too bad the legislature didn't pass the bill which would have given Caesar LLG the power she wanted to arrest violators of her edicts. Just imagine the powerful regenerative power for our Church if Caesar LLG arrested Archbishop Byrnes - or any priest for that matter - for celebrating Mass! 

Faith in our Church would be restored JUST LIKE THAT!

But even without getting arrested, our ordained Church leaders can accomplish the same thing by simply doing exactly what they nicely asked Caesar LLG for permission to do. 

There is not a thing Caesar LLG can do to stop them. Only "they" can stop them.

Oh, and P.S. It's time for you to move all of your accounts out of the Bank of Guam. 

Comments are open on this post. Not all comments will be posted due to the time it takes to moderate each comment. Comments remain open on this and other posts at