On November 14th, Tim Rohr posted the following photo with the title "Might as well start selling indulgences" on his blog:
The title and photo of his blog misled SOME readers into believing that it was the Archbishop who placed the sign and collection box up. However, some people who knew the sign had been there for a long time even when Monsignor James was there finally spoke up. Under that thread, Tim Rohr made the following statement (the bold is mine):
Correct. It's not new. And if Msgr. James had put up the same sign there wouldn't have been anyone who gave it a second thought. The sign is not the issue.http://www.junglewatch.info/2015/11/might-as-well-start-selling-indulgences.html
Of course, the sign is not the issue because some people recognized that the same sign was there during Monsignor James' time at the Cathedral. Therefore, Tim said that the 20 million dollars debt was the real issue. According to Tim Rohr (bold is mine):
Yes. And it was not a problem. I posted this because I want people to think about why it is now a problem.
The archdiocese is 20 million in debt. The VG Is shaking down the insurers. Apuron just hit up "let the babies die Lou" for nearly another million bucks. and while the cathedral begs for dollars he hands over a mega million dollar asset and wings off to Colombia for some fun and frolic with his boytoys.That 20 million dollar debt is NOT new. In fact, that debt goes back to the time when the former finance council was still there. In January, 2015, Tim Rohr wrote (bold is mine):
$20 million is the figure estimated by the former AFC. Note that the remainder of the debt incurred by the renovation of the Cathedral and the Cemeteries, a project overseen by Msgr. James, is only 1.7 million.http://www.junglewatch.info/2015/01/setting-record-straight-really-straight.html
That 1.7 million incurred by Monsignor James was later increased to 7 million dollars on July 31, 2015. According to Tim:
The Archdiocese is 20 Million dollars in debt which means that even if Apuron can blame 7 million dollars of that debt on Msgr. James, the remaining 13 Million is all on Apuron. The truth is of course that even the 7 million dollars that Msgr. James was tasked with paying back was actually Apuron's loan, not Msgr. James', for the simple reason that Msgr. James has no authority to sign for a loan.http://www.junglewatch.info/2015/07/picking-on-second-thing.html#more
The idea for the collection box for the visitors at the Cathedral originated with me.
A collection box charging the tourists was placed at the entrance of the Cathedral, and some people were blaming the Archbishop and Monsignor David for putting it there. Some commenters came out and said that it was Monsignor James who put it there. But Tim Rohr admitted in his blog that he was the one responsible for the collection box. It was his idea.
The question is why make an entry post with the photo of the collection box and a title that misled readers into thinking that the Cathedral is so much in debt that they are NOW RESORTING to charging $1.00 from the visiting tourists?
Now, this is getting lovely. This was published in the jungle under the thread "Might as well start selling indulgences" (the bold is mine):