APURON'S CRIMES

ARCHBISHOP ANTHONY S. APURON’S CRIMES AGAINST THE CATHOLIC FAITHFUL OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF AGANA

From 2002 through the present, Archbishop Apuron has raised millions of dollars from the Catholic faithful of Guam for the Redemptoris Mater Seminary (RMS) under the false guise that the seminary is producing diocesan priests for Guam. In 2014, it was discovered that according to its own articles of incorporation, RMS exists only to train priests for the Neocatechumenal Way and can be sent to any diocese.

In January, 2006, Archbishop Apuron publicly rejected Pope Benedict’s instruction to bring the neocatechumenal celebration of the eucharist into conformance with the rest of the church. In doing so he called into question the credentials of Cardinal Prefect Francis Arinze who was tasked by Pope Benedict to deliver and enforce the pope’s instruction.

In November, 2011, Archbishop Apuron, without notice, gave away a property belonging to the Archdiocese of Agana to his friends in the Neocatechumenal Way. The former Accion Hotel property was thought to be worth at least FORTY MILLION DOLLARS. The agenda for the archdiocesan finance council meeting of September 7, 2011, shows that Archbishop Apuron gave this property away against the advice of his legal counsel and without the required consent of the Holy See and the Archdiocesan Finance Council.

In January, 2012, Archbishop Apuron terminated the service of the four members of the Archdiocesan Finance Council who had objected to assigning title to the FORTY MILLION DOLLAR asset (the “Yona Property”) to RMS in order to cover for the fact that he had already secretly recorded the deed without their knowledge or consent - which church law required.

On July 16, 2013, Archbishop Apuron threatened Fr. Paul Gofigan, pastor of Santa Barbara parish, with an “arduous and painful closure to (his) assignment if he did not immediately resign. Upon his return to his office after the meeting with Apuron, Fr. Gofigan found himself locked out of his office. Apuron had had the locks changed while he was at the meeting.

In July 17, 2013, Archbishop Apuron violated church law by illegally replacing Fr. Paul as pastor with a parochial administrator. Furthermore he stripped Fr. Paul of his ability to publicly celebrate Mass, ordered him out of his parish residence, and told him to leave the diocese. Fr. Paul’s “crime” was not obeying an order to fire a certain employee two years previously.

On July 22, 2013, Fr. Paul produced written evidence that he had terminated the employee as ordered in 2011. Apuron immediately changed the charge to not firing a “de facto” employee since the employee continued to serve the parish as a volunteer.

The reason for Apuron’s demand to fire the subject employee was that as a registered sex offender the man was a “danger” to parishioners and the children of a nearby school. A few months later it was discovered - as per the employee’s parole records - that Apuron himself had permitted the same man to work in the same parish 13 years earlier upon his release from prison and as a condition of his parole.

In October, 2013, Archbishop Apuron, speaking to approximately thirty members of the clergy, inferred that Fr. Paul Gofigan was in a homosexual relationship with the former employee and that to facilitate late night, drunken, sexual trysts, had built a private stairway to his second floor room at the Santa Barbara rectory - despite the fact that the stairway had been built many years previously by another pastor.

In December, 2013, Fr. Paul publicly demanded an apology from Archbishop Apuron. Apuron only told him to “cool it.”

In December, 2013, it was discovered that Archbishop Apuron had lied to Aaron Quitugua about why Aaron could not seek the priesthood at an accredited off-island seminary as all previous diocesan priests had done. Apuron had told Aaron that the diocese did not have the money to send him. Aaron then volunteered to pay for his own education if only Apuron would sponsor him. Apuron refused.

In July, 2014, Archbishop Apuron sent Fr. John Wadeson "away" after it was revealed that Wadeson had a record of being "credibly accused" of the sexual molestation of two minors in the Los Angeles diocese, from which he had been banned before Apuron incardinated him in Guam in 2004.

In July, 2014, Archbishop Apuron made several charges of financial impropriety against Msgr. James Benavente. All of these charges were proven false by the financial professionals who had assisted Msgr. James. Apuron not only never permitted Msgr. James to have a copy of these charges in writing, but continued to publicly accuse and malign him in the public media.

In January, 2015, the deed giving away the FORTY MILLION DOLLAR Yona Property to the Neocatechumenal Way-controlled Redemptoris Mater Seminary was discovered.

In March, 2015, Archbishop Apuron hid another priest after Fr. Luis Camacho was found by police with a minor girl in a car at an Agat beach. The girl, seventeen years old, said the "action" was "consensual," so he was only arrested and charged with “custodial interference.” Archbishop Apuron announced that there would be a “canonical investigation,” but Fr. Camacho was soon spirited away from Guam and was last seen in the Middle East.

In May, 2015, a Legal Opinion was obtained verifying that the deed in fact had conveyed ownership of the Yona Property in “fee simple” to the Redemptoris Mater Seminary and that the Seminary was not in the control of the archbishop or even its own Board of Directors, but a clandestine, unelected, and un-replaceable Board of Guarantors which included three members of the Neocatechumenal Way team for the United States and Apuron personally.

In November, 2015, the Archdiocese published in the U Matuna a copy of the Certificate of Title to the Yona Property in an effort to prove that the property had not been given away to RMS. However, the Certificate of Title as published was missing the memorial showing the contested deed, recorded in November 2011. This amounts to tampering with a public document.

Documentation for all of the above can be found at www.JungleWatch.info under the tab CCOG Presentations.

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