Within a year since former altar boy Roy Quintanilla came forward on May 17, 2016 to accuse Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron of sexually abusing him in the 1970s, not only has the Vatican promptly stepped in but also placed a global spotlight on Guam’s clergy sex abuses.It was not Roy Quintanilla who FIRST accused Archbishop Apuron of sex abuse. It was John Toves from California, who was a regular writer in Junglewatch. Before coming out on November, 2014, John Toves had been posting videos such as the one here, making fun of the Archbishop. John Toves was a regular contributor to Junglewatch. On October 24, 2014, John Toves wrote the following comment in the Jungle:
We need to understand that the Archbishop does not and will not abide by any rules from wherever they come. This is a "Holy War"! We cannot continue to ask him - "Please Mr. Archbishop, would you step down, you are hurting us". We will force him down! I'm in! Are you?Then on October 31, 2014, John Toves wrote the following comment in the jungle. According to John Toves:
It was on November 17th, when we finally discovered what John Toves meant when he said that he intends to do something. John Toves called the Jesse Lujan talk show from California and for the first time accused Archbishop Apuron of molesting his cousin. John Toves also admitted in his interview with Patti Arroyo that his real motivation for making those allegations was the removal of Father Paul and Monsignor James. You can listen to that interview below: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!Be courageous, strong, and faithful.Let us all DO WHAT WE KNOW WE MUST DO.I know I WILL.ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
Interview with John Toves
Four days later, Tim Rohr gave his two cents piece on what he thought about the allegation. According to Tim Rohr: The bold is mine.
However, John Toves revealed later through the media that he never spoke to his cousin and that he never obtained the sexual allegation from his cousin. He heard it from someone who most likely heard it from someone else, but he had never asked his cousin whether the sexual allegation was true. Also, his cousin never came forward.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.)
Therefore, the PDN got It wrong. Roy Quintanilla was not the first one who made the sexual allegation against Archbishop Apuron. It was John Toves. Before all this talk of sexual allegations, the issue was on the RM Seminary. The jungle tried to discredit the seminary, but that did not remove the Archbishop.