I'm afraid you don't have your facts straight. The committee report will clearly show that the Archdiocese of Agana, then under the administration of Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, an apostolic administrator appointed by Pope Francis, did NOT oppose the legislation. In fact, there was surprise among the legislators that there was NO opposition from the church.This is false. It is actually Tim Rohr who does not have his facts straight. The Archdiocese of Agana, under Archbishop Hon, did not support NOR oppose the bill. In other words, there was SILENCE. That is what the committee report shows. Silence does not indicate that the Archdiocese was in support of the bill. Father Gordon MacRae clearly stated that the Archdiocese of Agana OPPOSED the bill. Then comes along Rohr saying that the Archdiocese did NOT oppose the legislation. REALLY? Does he have a letter from the Archdiocese saying they support it? Therefore, Rohr is incorrect when he said that Archbishop Hon did not oppose the bill. What he purposely left out is the fact that Archbishop Hon also did NOT support the bill. This is simply a manipulating of the facts and twisting of words.
Why the silence? Archbishop Hon was so engrossed into appeasing the jungle that he went to Rome in the hopes of convincing the Pope to remove Archbishop Apuron. He was so focused on that goal that he was unaware of what the jungle was doing behind his back in the Guam Legislature. It was only when he was halfway around the world when someone in Rome pointed out to him about the bill. Immediately, Archbishop Hon sent a desperate message to the Guam clergy to persuade the Catholic faithful to sign a petition opposing the bill, which was already passed by the Guam Legislature. Upon learning about the bill, he then made his opposition known. Unfortunately, it was too late, and this was the cost of Archbisop Hon's appeasement. Nevertheless, it was Tim Rohr and the Junglewatch Nation who worked for the passage of this unjust law, which even Father Gordon opposed.
Tim Rohr also stated:
The archdiocese (Hon) did NOTHING, until the 11th hour, just before the governor signed it, calling for a veto.Exactly. The Archdiocese did nothing (meaning it neither oppose nor support the bill) until the 11th hour when they finally made their opposition to the bill known. Tim Rohr further stated (the bold is mine):
Archbishop Apuron and Flores, before him, both new of Brouillard's 30 years of abuse in Guam, which is why Flores kicked him out of the diocese and sent him home to Minnesota (where he continued to abuse). Apuron did NOTHING to help to heal Brouillard's victims because of his own history of abuse.First of all, Tim Rohr is known for his irrational obsession of grammar and spelling. Lately, he has been making some spelling errors, and he is unaware of it. Below is a screenshot of his error in case he decides to correct it. Now, you know that the Tim Rohr who constantly berates other people of their grammatical and spelling errors is also guilty of making the same errors. God works in mysterious ways.
Secondly, it is on record that Archbishop Flores knew about Father Brouillard's sex abuse. It is also on record that Archbishop Flores covered it up by transferring Father Brouillard off-island. However, Rohr has no evidence showing that Archbishop Apuron knew of Father Brouillard's sex abuse. In fact, he was not even the Archbishop at the time. Tim Rohr also stated:
Also your timing is wrong. Apuron's victims were not waiting for the coffers to be opened. The bill was signed into law last September. Burke did not come to Guam until February of the following year.It was on May 10, 2016 that a campaign to lift the statutes of limitation was organized (See the weblink here).
It was on July 1, 2016 when the alleged victims filed a libel and defamation lawsuit against the Archbishop in the total sum of 2 million dollars. (See the weblink here.)
The bill, lifting the statutes of limitation was signed into law by Governor Calvo on September, 2016. A few weeks later on November 1, 2016, Roland Sondia, Roy Quintanilla, and Walter Denton filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese for 5 million dollars. (See the weblink here.)
On February, 2017, Cardinal Burke came to Guam to investigate the sex abuse allegations. However, Roland Sondia and Roy Quintanilla refused to testify before Cardinal Burke.
The Archdiocese, on the other hand, did not respond to these lawsuits until April, 2017,which was 2 months AFTER Cardinal Burke came to Guam. On April, 2017 the Archdiocese responded by trying to get the lawsuits dismissed in court (See the weblink here) and at the same time introduce the Hope and Healing Program to settle out of court (See the weblink here).
It was in early March, 2017 when the Archdiocese and Tim Rohr published about a settlement fund (See the weblink here). This settlement fund started with 1 million dollars coming from the Archdiocese. Then on April, 2017, the Archdiocese introduced the Hope and Healing Program to settle out of court with the start up cost of one million dollars, which was mentioned in early March.
In that SAME time frame, Walter Denton was the first Apuron accuser to provide testimony to Cardinal Burke (See the weblink here). Walter Denton gave his testimony to Cardinal Burke on March 17, 2017 (about eight days AFTER the settlement fund was announced in the news and in Rohr's blog). After that, the other Apuron accusers who initially refused to testify then came forward to testify.
In his article, Father Gordon MacRae stated:
Cardinal Raymond Burke was sent by the Vatican to investigate the case, but reportedly some of the accusers have declined to answer any questions while waiting for the Church’s ATM to open.Apparently, Father Gordon got the timing correctly.