Delegate to the administrator Father Jeff San Nicolas made the announcement in a press conference Friday morning on behalf of Archbishop Hon. "I hereby declare that Monsignor Benavente's response is found both credible and satisfactory and none of these alleged major irregularities should be held valid," he stated.This is my response to Archbishop Hon:
Apparently, your excellency, those invalid major irregularities contain two checks in the amount of $13,000 made out to a Joshua Perez for Monsignor James 20th Anniversary dinner. In addition to those two checks was a receipt in the amount of $14,280 for reimbursement for the 20th Anniversary dinner. That sounds very "SUBSTANTIAL" to me rather than invalid.
Now that Jackie Terlaje has submitted that report to the Attorney General's office and the Guam Police Department, the justice system will decide whether there is enough "substantial" evidence to move forward in indicting Monsignor James for misappropriation of funds along with other charges. If that happens, questions will be brought up from the Catholic faithful regarding the Church's finances. Questions will be asked as to how you managed to clear Monsignor James of financial mismanagement with "substantial" evidence in place.