"Not having a board of directors is one of the features of a corporation sole and the Archdiocese of Agana does not have one..............
The fact that RMS is formed by a Corporate Sole DOES NOT make RMS a corporate sole"
Yet, according to the weblink below regarding St. John's seminary:
Like most Catholic diocesan seminaries St. John's is a "corporation sole," and the archbishop of Los Angeles is the "corporate sole," the single legal owner, who passes authority to his successor in office. At St. John's, the archbishop also serves as chair of the board of directors, which is legally an advisory group, not a board of trustees with final authority. Patrick Nichelson is president of the board.
St. John's seminary in California operates the same way as the RM Seminary on Guam with the Archbishop as the corporation sole. The RM seminary also has a board of directors. The board of the directors at the RM seminary also acts as an advisory group who assists Archbishop Apuron, who is the corporate sole of the RM seminary. St. John's seminary in California is only one of the many Catholic seminaries in the United States that is a corporation sole like the RM Seminary on Guam.
How is CCOG going to react to this kind of information? Are they still going to trust the jungle who stated that not having a board of directors is one of the features of a corporation sole? How do they explain St. John's seminary, which is a corporation sole with a board of directors?
Archbishop Apuron, Father Pius, and Father Adrian have been saying all along that the RM Seminary is owned and under the control of the Archdiocese of Agana and that the Archbishop is the corporation sole of the RM Seminary on Guam. To those who have been following CCOG and swallowing everything the jungle feeds you, I highly recommend that you at least once listen to what the Archdiocese has been telling you since the beginning with an open mind and an open heart. You have already been told that the title and control of the RM Seminary is under the Archdiocese of Agana. You have been told about three times that the Archbishop is the "corporation sole" of the RM Seminary. He is not going to answer the same questions over and over again. You have been told. If you do not believe him, that is not the Archbishop's problem. Therefore, I would think long and hard about putting any money into CCOG.
The website I provided on St. John's seminary also gave the following information:
Governance at a Catholic seminary
As a Catholic diocesan seminary, your governance model is somewhat unusual. For example, Cardinal Mahony acts as board chair, right?
Yes. Under our bylaws, the ordinary of the diocese, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, is the "corporate sole." So, it is his seminary and he is chair of the board. [Editor's note: In Catholic usage, an "ordinary" is a bishop who has jurisdiction over a diocese, as opposed to an auxiliary bishop or retired bishop, who does not have jurisdiction.]
He makes the ultimate decision on matters of policy?
That's right, but he works very collaboratively with the board. I think that's the norm these days — most modern bishops work collaboratively with their boards.
How often does the board meet?
Four times a year. Formally, the board meets only once a year with the cardinal.
Cardinal Mahony is retiring soon. What challenge does that present?
We're not sure of the impact yet, but it will happen in 2011. His successor, Jose Gomez, former archbishop of San Antonio, has been chosen and is now coadjutor archbishop of Los Angeles, which means he'll succeed Cardinal Mahony as soon as the cardinal retires.