What came out of this ironic piece at JW is that there is a bitter division among the ranks of the protest movement. The division is coming from the opposing opinion of who should be regarded as the number one enemy: the archbishop or the NCW.
Those who consider the archbishop the number one enemy argue that he is the one who should be removed. This view is supported by Tim Rohr. They go against the NCW just as much as it is needed to remove the archbishop from his office. They hate the NCW only because NCW is affiliated with the archbishop and they hate the archbishop first! They have a vision of discrediting, humiliating and destroying the archbishop so that someone else would replace him who is oblivious of the real issues of Guam Catholics. Then, they could influence him more easily. This group may make a peace with the NCW under the condition that the archbishop must go.
The opposing view in the protest movement is that the NCW should be targeted as number one enemy. They consider the NCW as the root cause of all problems inside the local church. This view is supported by Chuck White and the CCOG. They hate the archbishop only because he allows NCW to operate on island, and they hate the NCW first. Their goal is the remove NCW from the island, either by forcing Rome to act as Chuck proposes, or even by sheer physical force as some CCOG members demand. Their vision is that the heresy charges against NCW will find favor at the Curia and this would allow them as the persecuting arm of Vatican to ostracize and chase members of the NCW away. They would make peace with the archbishop easily, as long, as he commits himself of banning the NCW from Guam.
This division inside the protest movement was inevitable, because of the diverging views. The internal logic of radical thinking leads to escalation. A number one enemy must be named. Nothing would make sense anymore without blaming everything on one thing, be it a person or an organization. The split in the rank is about who should be hated first, and above all: the local leader, Anthony Apuron, or the local NCW communities.
I personally do not see any way out of this dead end. While some of the complaints expounded by CCOG ring true, it was a mistake to go into blanket opposition and frontal attack against everything that is happening in the church on Guam under the current leadership. Tim Rohr is a bright person with great strength in convincing people. However, his views and proposal have not been screened for validity. CCOG made an error in following blindly these proposals. Now, when the monetary influx starts coming into CCOG, the hidden split in strategy is coming out and divides the protesters.
What is the best strategy to continue the fight? It is just too hard to make a decision. But not making a decision will take a high toll on both JW and CCOG. In my opinion the best decision would be to go forward and meet halfway with both the archbishop and the NCW. We don't need more bitter infighting. We need a meaningful approach that allows the archbishop to lead and at the same time would foster better integration of the NCW into the parishes. Of course this would be a radical change away from meaningless and self-destructive radicalism of the prevailing trends of both JW and CCOG.These are my thoughts:
There are indeed two groups of people among the opposition. The first group wants the Archbishop removed while the second group wants to work with the Archbishop to resolve the problems in the Church. CCOG is obviously the second group. Their mission statement clearly indicate that they wish to work with the Archbishop.
Unfortunately, their actions are contrary to their mission statement. Tim Rohr is in the first group. He has publicly stated that the Archbishop should be removed. Yet, CCOG allows him to become their mouthpiece in their meetings that they might as well make Tim Rohr the President of CCOG. The fact that they have allied themselves with those who wish to remove the Archbishop contradicts their mission statement altogether.
The money which CCOG received from some of the people was intended to be used to bring the Archbishop to court in order to get the RMS property returned to the Archdiocese of Agana. It is illegal for CCOG to use the money they collected for any other purpose other than what it was intended. So, they have a serious dilemma. With the publication of the Certificate of Titles, anyone with intelligence can see that the RMS property is still under the Archdiocese of Agana. What courtroom judge would rule in favor of CCOG when the Archbishop is the one holding the Certificate of Titles, clearly stating who owns the property? The Archdiocese of Agana never misled them. It is also not the fault of the Archdiocese that CCOG did not believe them nor gave them the benefit of the doubt.
Grow up in faith has a point. Everyone can see that the jungle blog focus its attack on the Archbishop while the Thoughtful Catholic blog focus its attack on the NCW.