Monday, November 23, 2020


It is "interesting" to note that other than Pacific News Center and its radio pal, K57, no other Guam media outlet, nor any media outlet, has opted to pick up on the potentially incendiary story of Guam's first-ever-openly-gay Lt. Governor, Joshua Tenorio, reportedly receiving the canonical quash from Guam's archbishop, Michael J. Byrnes, prohibiting him (Tenorio) from presenting himself as godparent/sponsor for his (Tenorio's) niece/confirmation candidate. Maybe because it's not a story at all. 

If you listen to the full interviewit appears Tenorio did not intend to even bring up the matter until the K57 host ("Patti") decided to make LGBTQ stuff part of her interview with Tenorio. 

However at that point, it appears that Tenorio was waiting to pounce.

Tenorio picks up on Patti's clear and sympathetic invitation to bash Archbishop Byrnes - and Catholicism generally - as memorialized in the PNC story:

According to Tenorio, the church has a legal authority to do this, but there’s no question that his experience is evidence that there will continue to be a movement against the rights of those who are living their lives independently in the LGBTQ community.

“I would expect that, unfortunately, those will be the same voices that will try and pass legislation to reduce the number of freedoms and liberties we have here on the island,” the lieutenant governor said. - PNC

Let's unpack this:

"According to Tenorio, the church has a legal authority to do this.." 

Let's keep in mind that Tenorio is the Lt. Governor, and presently second in command in terms of governance of the U.S. Territory of Guam. 

What "legal authority" is Tenorio referring to? 

The Catholic Church needs no "legal authority" (i.e. Tenorio's government) to enforce its own internal governance and moral laws.

Pathetically - for Tenorio - he does not come across (to anyone the least bit educated about this thing) as knowing what in the least he is talking about. However, fortunately for Tenorio, few others (i.e. Catholics) are "the least bit educated" about WHAT Tenorio is talking about either.

But for now, suffice it to say, Tenorio is trying to tear down the wall of "separation of church and state," a wall Tenorio's LGBTQ side has long since been building - because suddenly Tenorio finds himself...well...on the inside of the wall that...well...he's been building.

In short Tenorio is demanding that the Church tear down the wall of "separation of church and state" and be nice to him. 

But more so, Tenorio is setting the stage - whether he intends it or not - for an historical repeat of a modern day Neronic persecution of the Catholic Church. 

While thousands and most-likely millions of Christians - or anyone Roman emperors didn't like - perished in the most horrible ways ever devised under the likes of emperors like Diocletian and Decius, the most horrible of them all was Nero, who, on a whim, would nail Christians to crosses, cover them with tar, then set them on fire to light his garden while he fiddled - which is probably a euphemism for what he really was doing:

The first Roman emperor to have married a man was Nero, who is reported to have married two other men on different occasions. First with one of his freedman, Pythagoras, to whom Nero took the role of the bride, and later as a groom Nero married a young boy to replace his young teenage concubine whom he had killed. - Source

To be continued...

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