I heard from one of the brothers that an RMS priest have already announced in his parish what some of us have already known for a long time. There will be a new Bishop who will be coming to Guam soon to replace Archbishop Hon! This new Bishop is already aware of the mess going on in the Archdiocese.
We have written letters of complaint to Rome, and they have responded to our cries of help within only a month. Rome will be sending a new Bishop to replace Archbishop Hon while Archbishop Apuron goes through a canonical trial. Archbishop Apuron still remains the Archbishop of Agana. So, continue to pray for Archbishop Apuron and the Church of Guam. Continue to pray for peace and unity. Continue to pray for our persecutors.
Monday, October 24, 2016
Sunday, October 23, 2016
An anonymous commenter brought some good news! According to his/her comment:
It is also evidence that Guam's RMS priests have been able to go on to higher graduate studies and obtain very high degrees. RMS now has two priests with very high degrees. Congratulations to Father Miguel.
An anonymous commenter made the following comment, which can be found here. According to his/her comment:
AnonymousOctober 23, 2016 at 10:18 PM
Diana, Timmy isn't refuting Dr. Eusebio's response. He's only going after the little errors like the date. I think Dr. Eusebio may have gotten the date wrong. If he got the date wrong, that is not a lie. That's an honest mistake. From Junglewatch:
"1. Tricky Dick says: "To form presbyters of the “New Evangelization” is not a characteristic of the Neocatechumenal Way, as is made clear by the St. Pope John Paul II’s Ad Limina message to CEPAC (Dec. 5, 1999)."
This is seriously funny. The problem for Tricky Dick is...well, me. I actually look things up. Tricky Dick, like a trained parrot, just repeats what he's told. The Kiko's love to throw "the pope said this, the pope said that" around. And the reference to "St. Pope John Paul II’s Ad Limina message to CEPAC (Dec. 5, 1999)" is another attempt by Tricky Dick and his kiko-brains to shut down mere peasants like ourselves."
For those who have been reading the jungle, Tim has been nit-picking Dr. Eusebio's response on little things like the date, grammatical errors, not being able to see the full report of the Denver law firm, etc. Anonymous at 10:18 pm made a correct assumption. Dr. Eusebio made an honest error on the date.
Dr. Eusebio cited St. Pope John Paul II's Ad Limina message to CEPAC on December 5, 1999. Tim stated that there was no meeting of CEPAC on December 5, 1999. The reason being is because Dr. Eusebio made an error in the year. There was a meeting of CEPAC on December 5, 1998. You can read St. Pope John Paul II's address to CEPAC dated Decmber 5, 1998 here.
Therefore, Dr. Eusebio was not lying. He was telling the truth, but simply wrote the incorrect year, which is an honest mistake that can happen to anyone. An error on the year is not a deliberate lie. The truth is....there was a meeting with St. Pope John Paul II with CEPAC on December 5, 1998.
Furthermore, I would also like to point out that in any debate or discussion, the one who starts attacking the person through name-calling rather than the issue already lost the debate.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Chuck White once again criticized Catholic teaching without understanding true Catholicism. He criticized the Catechetical Directory approved by the Vatican. According to Chuck White:
Kiko is certainly correct in saying that the Passover celebrated at the time of Christ was celebrated in family groups, but he is in asserting that “at the time of Jesus Christ the temple is no longer the center of the liturgy”. Millions of pilgrims made their way to Jerusalem each year to celebrate the Passover with a lamb sacrificed in the Temple.Those who attended the Catechetical Conference this year heard the presenter, Father Ricky Manalo, pointed out that the Jewish Passover was celebrated with the family as the focal point during Jesus' time. (Father Ricky Manalo, by the way, is NOT a member of the NCW.) During the Passover, the Jews would go to three places to celebrate it. The first place they visited was the synagogue where they listened to the readings. The second place they visited was the temple where they held their sacrifices. The third and FINAL place in which the Passover was celebrated was in the home where they held a meal. This meal is called the "Seder" and is seen as the "highest point" of the Passover. According to a Jewish website regarding the Passover (the bold is mine):
Passover is one of the most important Jewish festivals of the year, and its high point is the seder. Experiencing this wonderful Jewish meal and interactive “happening” is to live through all the varied themes of the Passover festival.Therefore, Kiko Arguello was correct, and he received this teaching from the Catholic Church. Mr. White is in error. At the time of Christ, the temple was no longer the center of the liturgy because the sedar meal became the "high point" in the Jewish Passover. That is still true today. Christ told His disciples to prepare the Passover meal (See Matthew 26:17-20). During that meal, Christ mentioned the "new covenant" for the first time. It was also there that the Eucharist was instituted.
Christ was the "New Covenant" and it was He who made certain changes in the New Testament. For example, the word "temple" was understood to mean the human body (See John 2:19). Apparently, that change was made after he drove the money changers from the stone temple. When Christ said, "destroy this temple, and I will raise it up within three days," he was referring to His Body. But the Jewish Pharisees did not understand him. Obviously, Chuck White was in the same page as the Jewish Pharisees because he also did not understand that Christ changed the word "temple" to mean the human body after he drove the money changers out. Mr. White did not understand that the TRUE sacrifice was in the Body of Jesus Christ......not in the bulls and lambs held at the stone temple. Notice also that the place Christ made this change was at the Jewish temple where they held animal sacrifices.
Also, has anyone ever noticed that whenever Chuck White writes about "sacrifice" he always has this picture shown??????
Someone among the jungle nation should inform him that the REAL sacrifice is depicted in this photo below:
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Some people think that the NCW was stopped in Japan. This is false. The NCW is very much active in Japan despite that some Bishops in Japan wanted to expel the Way for five years. The Pope told the Bishops of Japan that the Way will continue and cannot be expelled from Japan. The Neocatechumenal Way has the blessing and support of the Pope, the Vicar of Christ. This is the truth, and this truth shows beyond any doubt that the Way is Catholic. The family in the video below was sent by Pope Francis as missionaries to Japan.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
I found the following video on YouTube. I do not think it is the greatest video footage due to the large words shown throughout the video. Nevertheless, the Guam NCW youth in Poland had a fantastic WYD. They were excited to see Pope Francis. You can see joy, happiness, and excitement in their expressions. The youth had an great experience spreading the gospel in two by twos like Jesus' disciples. The pilgrimage has also inspired many of our youth to discern more about their vocation in life and God's plan for them.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
RESPONSE VISITATION REPORT OF THE REDEMPTORIS MATER SEMINARY OF GUAM
BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RMS
The report on the seminary prepared by the Visitation ad hoc Committee shows a lack of knowledge on the seminary's reality but, most of all, fierce bias and prejudice. However, in the interest of clarity and for all people of good will who love the Church and the truth, we will answer the main points addressed in the report:
1. REGARDING THE “DIOCESAN” IDENTITY
The report of the Committee questions the “Diocesan Identity” of th RMS without understanding what “diocesan”means. The RMS is a diocesan seminary duly erected by the Ordinary of the Archdiocese, as acknowledged by the Visitation Committee Report; thus, the nature of the RMS is “diocesan” by virtue of the fact that the Ordinary has established the institution (CIC. 238 §1). Additionally, the Articles of Incorporation of the RMS specifically identify the Sole Member of the Corporation, as the Archbishop of Agana. More important, the Statutes of the Redemptoris Mater seminaries have been approved by the Holy Father and by more than one hundred cardinals, archbishops and bishops. However, the Report elaborates a rough “theorem” trying to demonstrate that the Seminary is not diocesan, therefore preparation for priests is bad, that priests formed there are bad and that therefore it must be closed. Let us examine it point by point:
Report (Point 1): A legal opinion by Attorney Jacques G. Bronze (see Appendix V) was presented to the Archdiocese of Agana and holds that the land which is currently being used by the RMHF and RMS is not owned by the Archdiocese of Agana (“Bronze Opinion”).
ANSWER: The Bronze Opinion, arguing that the property has been alienated and therefore the seminary is no more diocesan, is unfounded and ridiculous. The proper authorities for the determination of this issue were, first, canonically, the judgment of the Pontifical Council of Legislative Texts by Bishop Arrieta stating that there was no alienation whatsoever by Archbishop Apuron; second, the Government of Guam by the Department of Land Management who has issued certificates of title confirming the ownership in the Archdiocese of Agana; third, the Articles of Incorporation that in art. XII, iii state that the Archbishop is the sole administrator of all the temporalities of the RMS; fourth, the opinion of the Lewis-Roca law firm, specialized in corporation sole laws, stating that the ordinary has never lost control of the property or of the Corporation and that therefore the restriction of use, decreed by the ordinary to establish the juridical person of the seminary (CIC. 114 and 120 §1) and to protect its stability, can be freely revoked by the ordinary or his successor.
Report (Point 2): The statutes of the RMS are specifically designed to form presbyters for the “New Evangelization” as understood by the Neocatechumenal Way. As a result, the seminarians’ formation does not prioritize the importance of parish ministry, parish management and the general familiarity of the seminarians with parish life.
ANSWER: The Neocatechumenal Way is a way of Christian initiation into faith approved by the Holy See and supported by the last four Popes, Pope Francis, Pope Benedict, St. John Paul II, and Pope Paul VI (Statutes of the NCW art. 1). To form presbyters for the “New Evangelization” is not a characteristic of the Neocatechumenal Way, as it is made clear by the St. Pope John Paul II’s Ad Limina message to CEPAC on Dec. 5, 1999.
The majority of the priests formed in the RMS are serving in the parishes of the Archdiocese: Fr. Alberto (Mount Carmel), Fr. Antonino (Nino Perdido), Fr. Edivaldo (Our Lady of Peace and Safe Journey), Fr. Kryzstof (Santa Rita), Fr. Julius (San Dimas and San Dionisio) are pastors serving in the parishes of this Archdiocese performing daily masses, baptisms, weddings, funerals and performing many other pastoral duties; Fr. Michael is vicar at Dulce Nombre de María, Cathedral Basilica, Fr. Edwin is vicar in Our Lady of Lourdes, Fr. Vincenzo is vicar in San Vicente in Barriagda, and are serving under priests not from the RMS and obeying them. The priests formed in RMS take care of all parishioners; there is no distinction between those who attend the Neocatechumenal Way and those who do not. Seminarians also participate in Archdiocesan events: the parish fiestas, constant liturgical assistance at the Cathedral, days of recollection, walk for life or any other special event The seminarians do pastoral works in the parishes in different periods of the year, getting to know the people, the difficulties, the sufferings, and the realities, giving them a tremendous affinity and love for the parishes and its parishioners. The priests formed at the seminary are incardinated in the Archdiocese of Agana; thus confirming the diocesan nature of the RMS.
Report (Point 3):. “Decision making on all levels, from the daily administration to the most important matters of governance, is controlled by the leadership of the Neocatechumenal Way”.
ANSWER: The seminary is “controlled” only by the Ordinary; in this case, the Archbishop of Agana is the Sole Member and sole authority of the seminary. Article 18 § 3 (Statute of the Neocatechumenal Way) provides that the RMS is governed by the current norms for formation and incardination of diocesan clerics (CIC canons 232-272 and CCEO canons 331-366); these norms are approved by the Holy See, and cannot be modified without its approval (cfr. Article 18 of the Statute). The fact that the formators are from the Neocatechumenal Way and not from the archdiocese does not affect at all the diocesan character of the seminary since it is the secular tradition of the Church to use for the formation of priests those charisms and experiences most suited for it: so the formation in San Francisco is totally entrusted to the Sulpicians Fathers and in Fiji to the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and not to diocesan priests.