Hon said the January 2015 pastoral visit to Guam by himself, Archbishop Martin Krebs and the Rev. Tadeusz Nowak included checking on the November 2014 allegation by California resident John Toves that Apuron sexually abused Toves’ cousin.This is already a false statement along with many of the things he said. So, let us go back and look at the John Toves case. (The dates are in red.) Those of us who have kept up with what has been going on for three years know that this whole conflict started with the removal of Father Paul in 2013 and Monsignor James in 2014. The removal of Monsignor James was the last straw, and Tim Rohr came out in public on August 6, 2014 and called for the Archbishop's resignation. See KUAM news here.
As for John Toves, he was a regular poster at Tim Rohr's blog "Junglewatch." On October 31, 2014, John Toves wrote in the jungle: (The bold is mine).
We all must do more. Not everyone is called to the same level of activism, but everyone must come up with their own resolutions to stop Apuron, Quitugua, and Cristobal. We must stop this cancer from spreading!Below is a screenshot of that statement:
Be courageous, strong, and faithful.Let us all DO WHAT WE KNOW WE MUST DO.I know I WILL.ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
Toves admitted that he will do something, but he did not specify exactly what he will do. Then on November 14, 2014, John Toves delivered an ominious video message to Archbishop Apuron and Father Adrian. You can listen and view that ominious video message in the jungle here or in Youtube here.
John Toves indicated that Archbishop Apuron will have regrets if he does something that he (Mr. Toves) considers a bad intention. He warned the Archbishop to watch what he intends to do. Three days later, on November 17, 2014, Mr. Toves went public in KUAM, saying that Archbishop Apuron molested his relative. This accusation was made PUBLIC while the Archbishop was in Rome in audience with Pope Francis. This was reported in the jungle blog on November 17th, but KUAM did not air the allegation until the NEXT DAY. Therefore, Tim Rohr knew about John Toves' allegation BEFORE it was aired in KUAM. According to Tim Rohr:
As some of you heard, John Toves went "public" today on Jesse Lujan's show on KUAM. Of course, what John went "public" about is already very public in a different way. For years the accusations have been rumored. But since no one was willing to "talk", there wasn't much that could be done about it. John is willing to talk. And he has. What's next? I don't know. That particular "battlefront" belongs to John.Below is a screenshot showing that Tim Rohr knew about John's allegation BEFORE it was publicly aired in KUAM:
After the sexual allegations was aired in KUAM on November 18th, three days later on November 21, 2014, Tim Rohr wrote his thoughts on the sexual allegations. According to Tim Rohr: (The bold is mine.)
Fr. Wadeson is on record stating that no formal charges were ever brought forward, only an allegation. But Archbishop Apuron DID NOT NEED formal charges in order to remove Wadeson. By his own actions against Wadeson, Apuron demonstrated that all that was needed was the allegation, even if it was more than forty years old.Below is a screenshot of the above statement:
There is now a similar allegation against Archbishop Apuron. Whether it is true or not remains to be proven. However, again, as per the Archbishop's implementation of his own policy in his actions against Wadeson, no proof or truth or formal charges are needed for the removal of a cleric, including himself.Thus, Archbishop Apuron, by virtue of his own policy and his own example of its implementation, MUST REMOVE HIMSELF and permit an independent investigation to move forward. (A temporary diocesan administrator will be appointed by Rome during this process.)
Notice at that time in 2014, Tim Rohr did not appear to care whether the allegation was true or not. The primary focus he brought up is that the Archbishop "MUST REMOVE HIMSELF."
Today, these are facts that we know:
- John Toves never witnessed any sexual molestation committed by Archbishop Apuron.
- John Toves claimed that his relative was sexually molested by Archbishop Apuron.
- John Toves' relative never came forward to make those allegations.
- John Toves admitted that he never spoke to his relative.
- John Toves admitted that his relative never told him that he was sexually molested.
- John Toves admitted that he heard the information from someone else.
The John Toves' case took place in 2014. This then brings us back to Archbishop's Hon's statement today in the Pacific Daily News. The pastoral visit took place on January, 2015. By that time, Archbishop Hon already knew that John Toves' story was not credible for the simple reason.....that he never spoke to his relative, that he never got the information from his relative, and that his relative never came forward. So, why badmouth Archbishop Apuron if not from hatred?