Saturday, October 14, 2017

RMS Priest Kidnapped In Nigeria

It was brought to my attention that an RMS priest who was in mission in Nigeria was kidnapped.  Please pray for him. His name is Father Maurizio Pallu.  He is from Italy. According to news report:

ROME-An Italian priest who’s been living in Nigeria as a missionary was kidnapped when he was visiting Benin City in the southern region of the country on Thursday. Prosecutors are investigating it as a terrorist act.

On Friday afternoon Rome time, papal spokesman American Greg Burke went on Twitter to say that Pope Francis has been informed of the kidnapping of Father Maurizio Pallù, 63, and “is praying for him.”

The priest is originally from Florence, but belongs to the diocese of Rome. He has been in Nigeria for the past three years. According to the Italian news agency Ansa, he was stopped, together with his four companions, on his way to Benin City. The armed group that attacked them stole their belongings and kidnapped Pallù.
At the moment, there’s no more information available.

Pallù was born in Florence on Oct. 18, 1954. According to a brief biography of the priest published by his parish in Florence, in 1971 he “encountered” the Neocatecumenal Way, studied history and was a lay missionary for 11 years. In 1988, after his father’s death, he entered the seminary in Rome. After ordination, he worked as a priest in the Italian capital, and then as a missionary priest in the Dutch city of Haarlem before being assigned to the archdiocese in the Nigerian capital of Abuja.
The Diocese of Rome expressed “apprehension and worry” for the priest’s safety and said the church “was united in prayer” for his liberation.
He’s not the first priest to have been kidnapped this year on the outskirts of Benin City. On April 18, Father Samuel Okwuidegbe, a 50-year-old Nigerian Jesuit, was also taken.
Italian papers are reporting that Pallù might have been kidnapped by members of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. However, unlike the Muslim-majority north of the country, where the militant group threatens the Christian community, the southeast of the country is predominantly Christian.
The region is plagued by government corruption and violence. Armed gangs roam the region, and kidnappings for ransom are common.
On Sept. 3, Father Cyriacus Onunkwo was found murdered in the town of Orlu, which is in Imo state.yoBenin. The motive for his kidnapping and the identity of the perpetrators remain unknown. On Frid, papal spokesman Greg Burke took to Twitter to say Pope Francis has been informed of the kidnapping, and he's praying for the Italian priest.

A Missionary Shepherd, A Missionary Church

Image result for Christ and the lost sheepAccording to the Umatuna (the bold is mine):
“The main reason for closing the seminary is that it’s just not a sustainable model for the Archdiocese of Agaña,” the archbishop said.
The Redemptoris Mater Seminary model is a missionary seminary model whereby priests are formed at a diocese and are then sent as missionaries to other places, the archbishop explained.
That model could work and be very sustainable in other places, in particularly large dioceses like Denver or Miami where Catholic faithful number in the millions, the archbishop said. However, it is not sustainable on a small island like Guam, he said.
One of the reason why the United States would never give up Guam is because of its strategic location to Asia - a predominantly non-Christian continent.  The Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Guam was not only there to serve the local Church but also serve the Universal Church in spreading the Gospel.  Guam would be an ideal place for RMS because it is an American territory closer to the Asian region....a region that is predominantly non-Christian.  

Archbishop Byrnes says the RMS model is a missionary seminary model and such a model is not sustainable in Guam.  REALLY?  What Catholic seminary is viewed as non-missionary and do not teach missionary work?  What Catholic seminary does not prepare its priest for missionary work?  I suppose then that Archbishop Byrnes does not view himself as a missionary shepherd?  The Catholic Church itself is missionary.  All her baptized are missionaries and called to spread the Gospel to the ends of the world just as Jesus commanded.  The mission of the Church is to save souls. According to Vatican Radio:
The Church should be on its feet and on the journey, listening to the restlessness of the people, and always with joy.........
Pope Francis the focused on three "words" taken from the day's first Reading, inviting those present to re-read the passage at home. The first saying was the words of an angel to Philip: "Get up and go".  "This," the Pope said, "is a sign of evangelization": the vocation, and the great consolation of the Church," is to evangelize.                        
“But in order to evangelize: ‘Get up and go!’ One doesn’t say: ‘Stay seated, calm, in your house’: No! In order to be faithful to the Lord, the Church should always be on its feet and on the journey: ‘Get up and go.’ A Church that does not rise up, that is not on the journey, is sick. 
Pope Francis encouraged us to listen to the restlessness of the people with joy.  One cannot listen if all you do is talk.  And when you evangelize using only a newspaper and a podcast from behind your desk, you are not listening to the suffering of the people. All you are doing is talking.  A church that stays in is SICK. Jesus left the 99 sheep and went looking for the lost sheep.  The shepherd always goes out of his way to save the lost sheep.

Another Redemptoris Mater Seminary is being opened in France.  Praise the Lord for this Missionary model of a seminary.  Praise the Lord for a missionary seminary producing missionary priests who goes out looking for the lost sheep. What is unique about the opening of this seminary is that its opening is a result of martyrdom. According to Catholic News Agency:  

.- Patrick Canac was baptized, but like so many others, drifted away from the Church over time.
In recent months, however, the successful French businessman has had a change of heart, returning to the Catholic Church and even making a large donation for the construction of a new seminary in Avignon, France.
What caused the drastic change? The witness of Fr. Jacques Hamel, the priest killed in August 2016 by ISIS jihadists as he was celebrating Mass in the small French town of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, a suburb of Rouen.
“I was brought up in the Christian faith. I was baptized and received all the sacraments of initiation, but then I drifted away from the practice of my faith for a long time,” Canac told CNA during a visit to Rome.
“Last year, the murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel in a church near Rouen really hit me,” he said. “For terror to make its way into that church reminded me of the darkest times of our civilization.”
“I had an immediate, reflexive reaction as if they had killed my brother. That someone can go into a church today and kill the celebrant is just terrible, it's horrific, it's the devil going into a church.”
The French businessman had an instant reversion to the faith, realizing, “we all have Judeo-Christian roots” which “must be defended and saved.   

“It's the same problem they have the Middle East, where Christians are being killed,” he reflected. “And I had an inner reaction, telling myself, 'I'm a Christian and I've got to do something, put my talents to use'.”
Canac promptly made a large donation to build the new Redemptoris Mater seminary in Avignon. The project is gradually becoming a reality, and Pope Francis blessed the building's cornerstone at his Sept. 4 general audience in Saint Peter's Square.
“I think it's important for our Western countries – (including) France, of course – to be evangelized, that people be encouraged to return to the Church again. Because the Church is the cradle of our civilization,” Canac said.
“I think of the first Christians, those who were pioneers, those missionaries and martyrs that spread the Gospel throughout the world. And that's why I have put my business success to work by helping with the building project for the Redemptoris Mater seminary in Avignon.”
He explained that seminary will help to re-evangelize Europe by forming the priests who will become modern-day missionaries, “priests that will evangelize people like me so they can return to the Church.”
He continued: “After the murder of Fr. Hamel, I felt that our Judeo-Christian civilization is being threatened. Anything that will form people who will spread the Gospel, a Christian message of peace and love, must be helped.”
Last October, Pope Francis allowed the opening of Fr. Hamel’s beatification cause, waiving the normal five-year waiting period after his death.
“I am in complete agreement with Pope Francis proposing him for beatification,” Canac said. “Fr. Jacques in a martyr. What I have learned about his past life before he was killed is that he was a true Christian, worthy to be a martyr. He tried to convince his murderers that they were doing evil. His attitude was extraordinary and exemplary for everyone, Christians and non-Christians alike.”

Thursday, October 12, 2017

St. Michael the Archangel and The Art of War

The following article was taken from These Stone Walls by Father Gordon MacRae.  I thought it was a very interesting article.  His dreams were similar to mine. In my lifetime, I have also had very vivid dreams that turned out to be real. 

“Only one thoroughly acquainted with the
art of war can successfully wage one.”
(Sun Tzu, The Art of War, 500 BC)
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Five hundred years before the Birth of the Messiah, the Chinese general, Sun Tzu wrote a treatise called The Art of War. The wagers of war have been trying to decipher its hidden meanings ever since. There is no point in reading it. Sun Tzu offers little to the Western mind beyond confusion, but his quote above rings as true today as it did in 500 BC.
A basic tenet of The Art of War is that victory depends not only on weapons, but on allies. Spiritual warfare is no exception. For those who disdain war, there are no conscientious objectors in spiritual warfare. It does not pursue those who have already handed themselves over to evil. They have reported to boot camp. Spiritual warfare seeks to subdue contributors to the good. It pursues those at peace. More on this later, but first my allies.

In two recent posts on These Stone Walls, I wrote about two figures who have asserted themselves into my life in this field of battle where I would rather not be. Their presence here is evident if you spend a little time with These Stone Walls, but two titles in recent weeks identify them clearly: “Saint Maximilian Kolbe and the Gift of Noble Defiance,” and “Padre Pio: Patron Saint for the Heavy Lifting in Heaven.
In that latter post, I wrote that I would reveal a third this week, and he, too, is evident in my title Saint Michael the Archangel has a powerful presence here.
Before I tell you about it, I want to add a disclaimer. I have no delusions of grandeur. If I have any delusions at all they are the opposite of grandeur. I do not feel that I am special in any way. I was just an ordinary priest, with no special gifts, traveling through life on an ordinary path.
Then I was falsely accused, dragged through the justice system, and placed on trial – first in the news media and then in the circus of Caligula. I was sent unjustly to prison for sixty-seven years after three times refusing a “deal” that would have had me free in one but would have required handing a part of myself over to the Prince of Lies.
Remaining spiritually intact while facing such a plight requires special resilience and other gifts, but I have none. Nothing has ever come easy for me, and especially not the art of war. Like most of you would do in my place, I struggled to retain hope, sanity, and my soul as I walked in the Dark Valley of Psalm 23.
The image above has great spiritual meaning for me. Though I cannot even begin to fully comprehend it, the image was revealed to me in a dream during a time when I felt stranded upon the latest of my life’s many fields of battle in spiritual warfare. I first described the dream and the above image in a 2016 Christmas post, “Joseph’s Dream and the Birth of the Messiah.”
It was a time when the prison that holds us was in a great upheaval and our peace of mind along with it. At this time one year ago I was unable to write so Father George David Byers stepped in for me with a guest post on a subject I asked him to write about “Saint Michael Who Is Like God: Patron Saint of Justice.”
Four days later, early in the morning of October 2 – the day the Church honors the Guardian Angels – I had a strange and vivid dream. You may have read of this before, but a year later it seems worth repeating and reflecting on. It has lingered in my psyche and my soul, and when my days grew dark, it stayed with me and gave me hope. It’s a dream and an image that haunts me.
In the dream, I stood gazing out the window of my cell with a trusted companion standing next to me. Who he was remains mysterious, but I can surmise by the date of the dream that it was someone who knows me well – better even than I know myself. The companion took the form of an older man, someone wiser, someone known for all my life but on another plane of existence.
He pointed out the window as I stood next to him. I looked in the dark through the bars of the window up into the western sky to where he was pointing and he asked me, “What do you see?” I said, “I see only the prison lights.” “Look beyond the prison lights,” he said. Then my eyes were strangely opened, and I could see far beyond the limits of where I stood.
I saw three stars in a perfect triangle. I knew they were very distant stars, but somehow my eyes became like telescopes. Then I saw within the triangle streams of light that seemed to flow from the three stars and interact with them. It was glowing, but it was also alive and vibrant. “It looks like neon,” I remember saying. Then my companion said, “Michael dwells within the light.” I felt as though I could have gazed forever.
The dream seemed to go on for a long time in silence and my struggles seemed to be absorbed by what I was seeing. This is all I could remember of the dream. Then I awoke in my bunk. It was just a few minutes after 3:00 AM. The dream seemed so vivid that I wondered whether it was a dream or actually happened.
So I arose and walked the few steps to the cell window with the strangest sense of a sort of echo of the “Someone” who had been standing there. I stared intensely but saw only prison lights. Then my friend, Pornchai Moontri awoke in his upper bunk as I stood in the night staring at the stretch of sky beyond prison.
“What’s wrong?” asked Pornchai. I told him that I had a dream about seeing some stars. “Oh, here we go again,” he muttered as he rolled over to resume his sleep. (Months earlier, Pornchai was awakened in the night when I jumped from my bunk in alarm after another strange dream that I wrote about in “How Father Benedict Groeschel Entered My Darkest Night.”)
Later that day after my dream about the stars, it kept replaying in my mind. I felt compelled to do as I was instructed, to “look beyond the prison lights.” I was especially struck by my mystery companion’s statement about the light from within the triangle of stars. “Michael dwells within the light.”
So at work in the library that day, I sat down with an atlas of the stars. It took an hour of searching and studying, but I found a tiny constellation called “Triangulum”.” Its stars are far too distant to see with the naked eye, but with a telescope, Triangulum can be seen above the horizon at various times of the year in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere.
Later that day, I called a friend and asked her to search Google for the Constellation Triangulum. She sent me a few photographs. One was the photo above taken  in a “Deep Field” survey. It was the image of my dream.
The search also yielded something else interesting. In the late 1990s, something was discovered inside Triangulum. It was a galaxy 12.2 billion light years away called Galaxy RD-1, the most distant object ever seen by human eyes or instruments. Galaxy RD-1 (above) is seen as a bright light within Triangulum, formed near the dawn of creation after The Big Bang.
To look at that image is to look upon the birth pangs of the Cosmos. In the Fourth Century A.D., Saint Augustine devoted a part of his famous City of God to an examination of the majority population of that city: the angels. Augustine noted that in the Creation account of Genesis, light was created before its visible sources in the material world: the sun and the stars.
In early 20th Century astronomy, physicist-mathematician, Father Georges Lemaître discovered the origin of the created Universe. Eighteen centuries earlier, Saint Augustine proposed a sort of Big Bang for the spiritual Universe. When God said, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3), it was for Augustine the moment the angels came into being. “God saw that the light was good. Then God separated the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1:4)
For Saint Augustine, this separation of light from darkness recounts the fall of Satan and the rebellious angels. One of the Dead Sea Scrolls (the Milhama from Qumran Cave 1) identifies Michael as the “Prince of Light” who leads the angelic army against the spirits of darkness.
In Genesis, this angelic rebellion preceded the material world and the sin of Adam and Eve who later in the narrative were lured into sin by demonic temptation (Genesis 3:1-6). I once heard a priest and seminary professor suggest that this is all just a metaphor for the darker side of human nature. He said that angels and demons are mythological concepts constructed to personify conflict within the human psyche.
What nonsense! Padre Pio was assaulted by demons in the night because they could not bear the works of his sanctity. Saint Maximilian Kolbe’s life and freedom were taken because he never retreated from spiritual warfare in Auschwitz, the darkest manifestation of evil the modern world has seen.
I am grateful for a reflection on this by Dr. Scott Hahn in his book, Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God’s Holy Ones (Image Books 2014):
“Since the time of the primordial fall, humanity has been beset by evil spiritual forces and defended by good spiritual forces. We call this struggle “spiritual warfare… Our troubles and our struggles in this world are not simply anxieties over material discomforts. They are also – and primarily – spiritual struggles, Spiritual combat. Spiritual warfare.” (pp. 76, 85)
Those who know the misfortune of evil at a very personal level know that spiritual warfare is real. Sun Tzu was right:
“Only one thoroughly acquainted with the
Art Of war can successfully wage one.”
Everyone else, whether they know it or not, is utterly defenseless and in desperate need of allies.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Ups And Downs Of Hon Ta- Fai

Someone sent me this serious humorous piece, which I will post:  

               From Hong Kong To Rome To Athens, Passing Through Guam.
                                    The Ups And Downs of Hon Tai-Fai

There was moaning there was groaning and we knew all help was gone
When word went out from Roma that they’d send Archbishop Hon.
But we waited and we wondered, if we really should be sad
That his visit to our island would, turn out to be so bad.

Hon landed, he was smiling, he seemed happy as could be
So eager and delighted, and exuding grinning glee.
But we’d surely been misguided by that look upon his face
For in wreaking the destruction he quickened up the pace.

He got rid of Father Adrian ere two ticks from the clock
And then Monsignor David’s head was laid upon the block.
But Father Paul, and Pale’ Mike, he quickly reinstated,
Monsignor James was next to rise, which makes it all R-Rated.

And neither for our Rector, was there set a welcome wagon
For Pius suffered too the blaze, o’this fiery Chinese Dragon
Hon banished him from Guahan’s isle so far across the seas
Despite our earnest prayers and hopes, and many anguished pleas.

Then on our mission seminary, he turned his dreadful gaze
For there his fury, wrath and rage, became a mighty blaze.
“We have to close it! Tear it down! Throw all those young men out!”
“I’ll rid this island of them all, of this there is no doubt!”

So thus he did continue, to slash and burn and raze
The Neocatechumenate to him, was just a craze.
But most of all he seemed to hate our Archishop Apuron
And so on him, with viciousness, he truly set upon.

I sometimes wonder why it is that spiteful men go free
As though the Lord, our Holy God, their evil does not see.
Then justice fell upon poor Hon for telling wicked fibs:
He fell down in the shower stall and shattered some of his ribs.

But lo! I heard there’s been a change made by the Holy See
And though it’s not good news for Hon, it is for thee and me
For now that wolf once covered well, by white and wooly fleece
Must pack his bags and say hello to all the Turks in Greece!

On Richard Untalan and Rohr, Paul Gofigan and James
CCOG, and Dave Lujan and all you haughty dames
Who picket our Cathedral Mass, and shout against The Way
Please God have mercy on them all, forgive each one, we pray.

And when they fall, they surely will, in this we’ll take no pleasure
Lest the judgment we should make on them, we would receive in measure.
Take heed from these malicious men, like donkeys let them bray
For everything will come to light, thank God, on judgment day.

(By an anonymous author of the IV Century)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Tactics of SNAP

These are some interesting tidbits that the Catholic League discovered about the tactics and strategies SNAP used to exploit the media.  Do you see a similarity with the jungle's methods?  According to Catholic League (the bold is mine):

 At the conference, Clohessy gave some tips on how to sucker the media and stick it to the Church. Attendees were instructed that the best way to get the media’s attention is to hold press conferences outside a chancery. That way when the event is over, reporters can quickly seek an interview with some diocesan PR person.
What really works, the gathering was told, is to play on the emotions of reporters. “Display holy childhood photos!” What if no photos are available? “If you don’t have compelling holy childhood photos,” Clohessy said, “we can provide you with photos of other kids that can be held up for the camera.” It doesn’t matter whose kids are in the photo–what counts is that the media be seduced.
Clohessy also instructed attorneys to conduct interviews in front of the parish where the priest was assigned. Why? This is a good way to get clients and entice whistleblowers to come forward when they see the interview on TV.
It is important, Clohessy said, to use “feeling words.” He offered some suggestions. “I was scared. I was suicidal.” He counseled that it is better to come across as sad, not mad; doing so facilitates making an emotional connection with the audience. It was also critical to use the word “kids” as often as possible. That pulls at everyone’s heart strings. 
Three of Archbishop Apuron's accusers read their written testimony in front of the chancery or church. There were lots of emotions displayed in front of the media, who was present there. The only one who did not stood in front of the chancery was Doris Concepcion because she was in Arizona.  Nevertheless, she displayed a lot of emotion on camera. The other three accusers were able to get in front of the chancery or church with the media surrounding them because one was residing in Guam, and the other two came to Guam. 

Also, notice that interviews with the media were also conducted at the Agat Parish.....just as David Clohessy instructed. It appears that the jungle was following the same tactics and strategies that David Clohessy had outlined in that 2011 conference.  Below is a photo of Walter Denton and Doris Concepcion outside the building where Archbishop Apuron was said to allegedly molest Denton and Quinata. The media was there to take photos and interviews.  Was this a coincidence or staged? 

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Walter Denton, left, comforts Doris Concepcion during a prayer vigil outside the administration building of Mount Carmel School in Agat yesterday, June 9. The building was formerly the Mount Carmel Church rectory where Archbishop Anthony Apuron is alleged to have sexually abused Denton and Joseph Quinata, Concepcion's son nearly 40 years ago when he was a parish priest.

The media was brought to the place where the alleged victims say they were molested.  Protests were also conducted at the Cathedral and during the time the Archbishop said Mass.  

Childhood photos (called "holy childhood photos" by SNAP) were also put on public display in both the media and the jungle.  The tactics of the jungle is exactly the same as SNAP because they were together with SNAP.  The jungle have been working together with SNAP since the beginning.  According to Tim Rohr:
If you or someone you know was the victim of sexual abuse during these periods and at these locations, you no longer have to remain silent. In addition to the Vatican office of the Promoter of Justice (linked in the sidebar) we are in touch with SNAP and attorneys willing to assist you confidentially.
You can contact me directly at or you can have a third party get in touch with me and I will put you in touch with our legal people.......... 
Regarding the case with Father Jiang, who was falsely accused of sexual abuse, Catholic League reported:
The court declared that “it has been established that the SNAP defendants conspired with one another and others to obtain plaintiff’s conviction on sexual abuse charges and that they entered into this conspiracy due to discriminatory animus against plaintiff based on his religion, religious vocation, race and national origin.” Moreover, the court ruled that “the SNAP defendants’ public statements about plaintiff were false and that they did not conduct any inquiry into the truth or falsity of these public statements, but instead made these statements negligently and with reckless disregard for the truth.” 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Continue To Pray The Rosary

As you know, the seminary that was closed in August was the John Paul II Seminary, which was reported by the Vatican Insider.  Three seminarians from the John Paul II Seminary were sent to St. Patrick's Seminary in California after the closure of the seminary in August.

As many also know the private letter of Cardinal Filoni that was addressed to Archbishop Byrnes was leaked out and published in the jungle.  That letter was dated June 28, 2017.  The letter stated that Father Jeff San Nicolas OFFICIALLY  informed the members of the formation team that the Archdiocese has decided to sell the seminary.  The information was given to them before or by June, 2017.  This news from Father Jeff is already saying that the seminary is being closed down.  That explains why The Vatican Insider dated September 20, 2017 stated:
But today, both the seminary and the theological institute are set to be shut down by Archbishop Michael J. Byrnes, who has been serving as coadjutor archbishop of Guam.    

The news that RMS is set to be shut down by the Vatican Insider was correct  because news of the shut down came directly from Father Jeff since June as stated in Cardinal Filoni's letter.  It was Father Jeff who made the OFFICIAL announcement to the members of the formation team despite that it was not made public.  

By August, the John Paul II seminary was shut down and the seminarians were sent off-island; therefore, the seminarians in RMS were already aware that they would be next. After all, they were already given official notice since June.  Nevertheless, the seminarians prepared for the shutdown. The books were already packed and ready to be moved. They are simply waiting for the Archbishop to say "when" to move. 

At any rate, there is a little ray of hope.  In his letter, Cardinal Filoni stated that to sell the property, Archbishop Byrnes must have the consent/permission of 1) the Archdiocesan Finance Council, 2) the College of Consultors and 3) the Holy See.  

Archbishop Brynes has obtained the permission of the Archdiocesan Finance Council and the College of Consultors.  However, he does NOT have the permission of the Holy See.  So, continue to pray the rosary.  Continue to also pray for Archbishop Apuron.   

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

This Says It All

The following comment was made by Jokers Wild.  It's a comment that I think expresses how most of those in the Way feel.  I remember Archbishop Byrnes say that he would listen to both sides; yet, he has only met one side.  

Peace of Christ be with you!

My heart is so heavy today because of the sad news of the closing of the RMS. I am saddened but not discouraged.

It is always easier to criticize and judge how and in what way others accomplish their jobs and tasks and for the most part I try my best not to do this but today I will.

I share the same sentiments as Sonny Ada in regards to the closure altogether of the RMS and only wish that the Archbishop would agree to keep the seminary open at the expense of the NCW, I know we would support it fully because we are not blind to the holy fruits. I was always moved by Father Pius when he would say, "rather than just having GOOD priests, we must also have good and HOLY priests".

In all that has happened since the assignment of a Coadjutor Archbishop not once has he reached out as a shepherd and addressed the brothers and sisters in the NCW to assure us that he cares for us. Instead he has time and time again placed moratoriums, halts on our activities and celebrations. Am I not to feel abandoned and more worse singled out by his decisions?

He stopped us from having Cathechesis, he stopped us from doing our Missions in the public parks after Easter, he instructed us to cut down the number of seminarians at the RMS and now he has decided to shut down the RMS.

Reach out to us Archbishop Michael from another angle. Even as a parent corrects his child, he must reinforce the discipline with Love and compassion. 

In all that Archbishop Michael has done he has only exercised his Authoritive powers but has not practiced his filial gifts as Shepherd to us all.

I prayed lastnite during our Word celebration more than I have ever in all my years of walking. I prayed for Archbishop Michael and for our church, I prayed for Archbishop Anthony's return and I also prayed for the devil to get out of the chancery.

-Jokers Wild

Monday, October 2, 2017

My Response

This is in response to the following person who made the following comment:  

I was curious when I was reading Tim Rohrs answer to the La Stampa article, particularly in regard to the Lewis Roca opinion of January 2015. SO I went to have a look at that document, which I don't think I've seen before. this is the opinion that Archbishop Apuron and others made such a big deal about, in relation to the "ownership" of the seminary property.

Lo and behold, here is the official description of the two entities - the Archdiocese and the Seminary - according to these specialist lawyers:

"the civil corporate structure of the canonically erected entity that is the Archdiocese of Agana is clear - it was incorporated under the laws of Guam as "Archbishop of Agana, a corporation sole". Similarly, the civil corporate structure of Redemptoris Mater is clear from the corporate documentation reviewed - its was incorporated as a non-profit incorporation with a sole member which is the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Agana. From the public filings, including the Articles and ByLaws, Redemptoris mater is clearly a nonprofit charitable organisation with a religious purpose under the civil laws of Guam"

This is exactly what Tim and his friends were saying all along, but which was outright denied by the NCW inclduding Arch Apuron, Gennarini, fr Pius and most of all Diana.

This blog is full of claims that the Redemptoris Mater is a "corporate sole". Yee it seems that these claims by the nCW were made in full knowledge that their own lawyer consultants had clearly agreed with Tim and the others.

Now, that is shameless.

Are you going to post a retraction to all of those claims now Diana?

You stated: "This is exactly what Tim and his friends were saying all along, but which was outright denied by the NCW inclduding Arch Apuron, Gennarini, fr Pius and most of all Diana."

This is incorrect.  Let us make this abundantly clear.  The main point of the argument had always been OWNERSHIP!  Who owned RMS?  Do you not remember???  The picketers were holding up signs saying "Restore RMS."  What did you think they meant by that?  It was about OWNERSHIP.  Whether RMS was a Corporation Sole or not was the least of the arguments.  

What Tim Rohr and his friends has been sayng all along was that RMS did NOT belong to the Archdiocese and that Archbishop Apuron GAVE AWAY the seminary to RMS......PLAIN AND SIMPLE.  You can argue all you want as to whether RMS is a corporation sole or not, but that was the least of the argument.  WHO OWNED RMS was the major dispute!

Rohr and friends claimed that Archbishop Apuron gave away the seminary to RMS and that RMS was the NEW OWNER.  In fact, Bob Klitzkie claimed that the title of certificate was incorrect and should read RMS as the owner rather than the Archbishop of Agana.  

Today, they are saying that it now belongs to the Archdiocese of Agana because Archbishop Byrnes took it away from RMS.  If that were true, then where are the documents showing the signatures of RMS relinquishing the ownership to the Archdiocese?????  All you see is the signature of Archbishop Byrnes. To this day, Rohr has not been able to satisfactorily explain how the new owner RMS relinquished the seminary to the Archdiocese WITHOUT any signatures!!!  In fact, he ignores it altogether.

The NCW, on the other hand, had always claimed that the seminary had always been under the Archdiocese of Agana and that it was NEVER given away.  Only the Archbishop of Agana or his successor have control and authority of RMS and can even rescind the deed restriction.   

As for the law firm of Lewis Roca, the report also stated that they are a prominent law firm specializing in establishing corporations sole in many Catholic diocese in the U.S. and in civil-religious issues related to corporation soles.  In other words, even they recognize that St. John's Seminary in California is BOTH a non-profit corporation and a corporation sole (See my post here and here). 

Furthermore, I have a document signed by Juan Ignacio Arrieta, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts stating: 
" fact, it was requested that the said properties be transferred from one "Corporation Sole" [diocese] that has the Archbishop as the only member to another "Corporation Sole" [Redemptoris Mater Seminary] which also has the same Archbishop as the only member."

Archbishop Apuron has this same document, so there is written evidence showing that RMS is a corporation sole.  What story do you think Rohr will invent to refute this document?  What makes RMS a "Corporation Sole" is because it has only one sole member, the Archbishop. This is the same as St. John's Seminary in California, which is both a non-profit corporation and a Corporation Sole with the Archbishop of Los Angeles as its sole member (See my post here and here).

Friday, September 29, 2017

Two Articles On Archbishop Hon's New Appointment

Two articles regarding the removal of Archbishop Hon came in Italian.  Surprisingly, one of the articles is from Sandro Magister, who has been very critical of the Neocatechumenal Way.  Below are the English translation.  However, the English translation from the blogsite is not a very good one, but understandable due to the computer translation from Italian to English.  

In Guam, Archbishop Apuron was judged guilty without due process of a trial.  Although he has tried to tell his side of the story to the local media, he was unsuccessful.  Those from CCOG and LFM have already branded him guilty, taking up their signs of "Defrock Apuron" before the canonical trial even started. In Guam, his right to due process was violated. Fortunately, Archbishop Apuron  was much more successful in getting his side of his story told in a Vatican newspaper.  In our democratic society, due process is a human right.  

From Article one:
On September 28, Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, 66, Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, was appointed a new apostolic nuncio in Greece. Hon has never supported diplomatic missions and is a former professor of theology. In 2016 he was apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Agana, Guam. There could be two reasons for the awesome removal of Hon: his opposition to the obsequious behavior of the Vatican to China, or his erroneous judgment on the situation in Guam, where, after all, the discussed Archbishop Anthony Apuron could become the victim of a real defamatory attack.


From Sandro Magister blogsite:

From China To Rome To Athens, Passing Through Guam. The Ups and Downs of Hon Tai-Fai

The announcement is telegraphic, in “L'Osservatore Romano” of this afternoon:
“The Holy Father has appointed as Apostolic Nuncio in Greece H.E. Mons. Savio Hon Tai-fai, S.D.B., tit. Archbishop of Sila, until now Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.”
But behind these three lines is the sending into exile of the only high official of Chinese nationality in the Roman curia.
His displacement, which is geographic as well, from second in command of the powerful Vatican congregation “de propaganda fide” to nuncio in Athens is in fact anything but a promotion.
Hon Tai-fai had been secretary of the congregation since 2010. And in these seven years he worked actively on the portfolio of relations between the Holy See and China, among other activities participating in the ad hoc committee created by Benedict XVI but not convened again by Pope Francis.
Hon Tai-fai was the point of reference at the Vatican for Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, archbishop emeritus of Hong Kong and an intransigent critic of an agreement with Beijing that would endanger the survival of the Chinese Catholic Church not subjugated to the regime.
A Salesian like Cardinal Zen and a talented theologian, Hon Tai-fai was a member of the international theological commission and edited the Chinese translation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
it came as a surprise last year when he was sent to distant Guam, in the Pacific, as apostolic administrator, with the task of restoring order to the diocese of the island, devastated by scandals of every kind.
Charged with accusations of sexual abuse dating back decades and under pressure from the nuncio, the German Martin Krebs, to tender his resignation “at the pope’s behest,” the archbishop of Guam, Anthony Apuron, a Capuchin and a fervent supporter of the Neocatechumenal Way, flew to Rome in May of 2016 to explain his innocence to Pope Francis, but was not able to get an audience. After returning to the island, he suspended himself and asked Rome to send an apostolic visitor, who soon arrived in the person of none other than Hon Tai-fai.
He first ordered the priests of the diocese to resign from their positions, and then proceeded with new appointments that put back in the saddle the priests who had previously been demoted by the bishop and his inveterate adversaries, first among them the former pastor of the cathedral,  James Benavente, with terrible credentials as an administrator, less than exemplary virtues and a flagrantly luxurious lifestyle, and in spite of this a close friend of Filipino cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, an emblem of the new “poor” Church of pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
Hon Tai-fai  remained in Guam for five months, until the appointment as new coadjutor archbishop of the diocese - meaning with right of succession - of the American Michael J. Byrnes, who continued working in the same direction.
The price for this upheaval was mainly paid by the Neocatechumenal Way, which had its “Redemptoris Mater” seminary closed and was almost expelled from the island. Curiously, the prefect of “propaganda fide,” Cardinal Fernando Filoni,  is however a great supporter of the Neocatechumens, unlike his then-subordinate Hon Tai-fai, and the events in Guam must have widened in no small part the chasm between the two and hastened the latter’s removal from Rome.
Meanwhile, in February of this year Francis sent Cardinal Raymond L. Burke to Guam in his capacity as a canonist, to substantiate or not the accusations made against the self-suspended bishop Apuron. Burke and four other judges, all bishops, will have to make their ruling soon.
Which, if it should recognize Apuron’s innocence, would again force the diocese into yet another rearrangement, of a character opposite to that set in motion by Hon Tai-fai, who as of today has been sent not very courteously to the modest nunciature of Athens. To conduct diplomacy, but farther than ever from Beijing. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Archbishop Hon Removed From Congregation

Image result for Archbishop HonAfter the publication of the Vatican Insider, Pope Francis removed Archbishop Hon from the Congregation and moved him to Greece. If you recall, Vatican Insider stated that Archbishop Hon cleared both Father Paul and Monsignor James despite the overwhelming evidence against them. He also rescinded the contract with the Lewis Roca and hired "Swanson & McNamara", which was a very expensive law firm in San Francisco.  He also started a series of interrogations of priests and seminarians from the Redemptoris Mater Seminary.  The article stated that the seminarians were placed before a cross road: to obey Archbishop Apuron or "an archbishop invested by the powers of God." 

In one of his meetings with the Guam faithful, Archbishop Hon was also heard saying that he is the one with all the power.  Archbishop Hon also stated in news report that he rescinded the Deed Restriction, but Father Pius (the rector of the seminary) came out and stated that only the Archbishop of Agana or his successor have the authority to rescind the Deed Restriction.  Shortly after that, Father Pius was removed as rector of the seminary and told to leave.  In humble obedience, he obeyed.  Archbishop Hon was also the one who judged Archbishop Apuron guilty without due process of the law. 

After the publication of the article from the Vatican Insider, Pope Francis removed Archbishop Hon from the Congregation of the Evangelisation of Peoples and sent him to Greece. According to Vatican news:

Resignations and Appointments, 28.09.2017

Appointment of apostolic nuncio in Greece
Appointment of under-secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples

Appointment of apostolic nuncio in Greece
The Holy Father has appointed as apostolic nuncio in Greece H.E. Msgr. Savio Hon Tai-Fai, titular archbishop of Sila, secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples.

Appointment of under-secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples 
The Holy Father has appointed as under-secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples Rev. Fr. Ryszard Szmydki, O.M.I., currently secretary general of the Pontifical Missionary Societies. 
Fr. Ryszard Szmydki, O.M.I.
The Rev. Fr. Ryszard Szmydki, O.M.I. was born on 26 April 1951 in Tarebiski, Poland; in 1970 he entered the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, in which he gave his perpetual vow on 21 January 1977.
He was ordained a priest on 2 July 1978; he subsequently obtained a licentiate in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical Urbanian University and a doctorate from the Catholic University of Lublin, where he was also a lecturer for several years. 
He served as a missionary in Cameroon for two years.
In 2005, after returning to Poland, he was appointed as provincial vicar for missions. In 2010 he was elected as provincial superior of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Poland and re-elected in 2013. 
On 3 April 2014 he was appointed as secretary general of the Pontifical Mission Societies.
Aside from his native Polish, he also knows Italian, French and English.