One has to wonder why the jungle is in a rush to "defrock Apuron." Archbishop Hon had already asked Pope Francis to remove Archbishop Apuron so that he no longer holds the title "Archbishop of Agana." He failed to do that. It was Pope Francis who made the decision to allow Anthony Apuron to continue holding his title, so why are the protesters going against Pope Francis' decision. Archbishop Hon already accepted the pope's decision. The Sunday protesters should also do the same.
After all, Archbishop Apuron is already undergoing canonical trial. If he is found guilty, then he will be removed as Archbishop of Agana, and they will receive what they wanted. All the Sunday protesters had to do is wait for the outcome of the canonical trial. So, why are they in a rush? Why not wait for the result of the canonical trial? What are they afraid of that they cannot wait?
Is it possible that the reason they want Archbishop Apuron's title removed NOW is so they can implant into the minds of ALL people that Apuron is guilty even without having gone through a trial? If his title was removed, it would be easy to spread the propaganda that Archbishop Apuron is indeed guilty of those sexual allegations and even pressure the next Archbishop (his successor) to rescind the deed restriction. The fact that his title was removed would speak volumes and leave no doubt as to whether he was innocent. Nevermind the fact that he did not go through a fair trial.
Is it also possible that they are afraid that he would be found not guilty? Lately, Tim Rohr has been voicing his opinion that Archbishop Apuron will be cleared of sexual molestation and that Rome cannot be relied on. This raises some questions. First, how would Tim Rohr know that Archbishop Apuron would be cleared, and secondly, if we cannot rely on Rome, then WHO are we supposed to rely on? Surely, the jungle is not saying that we should rely on Tim Rohr over Rome?
Perhaps, it also time to re-visit this post that I published on June 19, 2016, which can be found here.