First of all, it helps to listen and to have an open mind. Jumping to conclusions does not help the situation. One should examine all sides and look at things from the context of the situation.
It was news to everyone when Archbishop Hon announced to the media that Archbishop Apuron disobeyed the Pope when he was instructed to rescind the Deed Restriction. This announcement came on August 19, 2016. Father Pius gave an answer to Archbishop Hon's accusation. According to KUAM news:
While Archbishop Hon has previously stated Apuron did not follow a directive given by the Holy See a year ago to rescind and annul the deed restriction, Father Pius states, "The Pope never gave any directive. It was a congregation of the Holy See, which gave this indication and, as I said, an archbishop answers only to the Holy Father."Therefore, it seems that there was a misunderstanding between Archbishop Hon and Archbishop Apuron. All bishops answer only to the Pope, the Holy Father. An instruction was given to Archbishop Apuron to rescind the Deed Restriction, but this instruction did not come from the Pope. It came from a congregation of the Holy See. A congregation of the Holy See is not the Pope. Because it came from a congregation, Archbishop Apuron had the choice to either follow it or not. Archbishop Hon, on the other hand, was mistaken into thinking that all instructions coming from a congregation is an instruction coming from the Pope. That is an error.
Likewise, he also made another error into thinking that he had the authority to rescind the Deed Restriction. On August 18, 2016, he reported in a press release that he has rescinded and annulled the Declaration of Deed Restriction, not realizing that he overstepped his authority. Father Pius, who was the Rector of RMS at that time, came out and announced through the media that only the Archbishop of Agana or his successor have the sole authority to rescind the Declaration of Deed Restriction.
I am certain that after reviewing the necessary documents, Archbishop Hon realized his error. There is a document stating that the Redemptoris Mater Seminary is a corporation sole (similar to the Archdiocese of Agana). and that the corporate sole is the Archbishop of Agana. That document is not found in the Department of Rev. and Tax as Tim Rohr assumed. It is a document that came from the Vatican.
After realizing his error, Archbishop Hon then called upon the NCW to rescind the Deed Restriction and requested the RMS Board of Directors and Board of Guarantors to sign the papers drawn up by CCOG. However, this again is another error. The NCW, the RMS Board of Directors and the Board of Guarantors also do not have the authority to rescind the Deed Restriction nor do they have the authority to sign any papers giving up the use of the property. Because RMS is a corporation sole, only the Archbishop of Agana or his successor have the sole authority to rescind the Deed Restriction. Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Byrnes was the only one who can rescind it. Notice that the NCW, the RMS Board of Directors and Board of Guarantors did not dispute Coadjutor Archbishop Byrnes? The dispute was only with Archbishop Hon because he never held the title Archbishop of Agana nor was he the successor of the Archbishop of Agana.
Archbishop Hon has publicly stated that the seminary belongs to the Archdiocese of Agana. Archbishop Hon stated to KUAM news:
"The Archdiocese of Agana owns that property. No doubt of it...."He said this in the Jesse Lujan talk show and to KUAM, but CCOG refused to listen. Instead, they criticized Archbishop Hon. CCOG believed that the Declaration of Deed Restriction transferred the seminary to RMS, which is false. They got this false information from Tim Rohr, and they chose to believe Tim Rohr over Archbishop Apuron, Archbishop Hon, Father Pius, and Father Jeff San Nicolas who all stated that the seminary is owned by the Archdiocese of Agana. The Declaration of Deed Restriction is not a deed as the jungle claimed. It is a declaration just as the document itself stated. The purpose of the Deed Restriction was to protect the intent of the donor and to protect the seminary from being sold. The 2 million dollars donation came with certain stipulations, which Archbishop Apuron intended to protect.