In the news, Monsignor James gave no reason why he decided to resign as delegate of coadjutor archbishop for church patrimony. According to the Pacific Daily News dated June 21, 2017:
"I write this letter to let you know that after much prayer and reflection I have decided to tender my letter of resignation as Delegate to Coadjutor Archbishop for Church Patrimony," Benavente said in a June 16 letter addressed to Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes.
The letter does not cite a reason for the resignation.
Benavente, when sought for comment, said he resigned from the post on his own.
"The decision was mine to make without any internal or external influence," he said in an email Wednesday morning. He declined to cite specific reasons.
It was on June 20th that Rohr published this information on his blog:
Last Friday, June 16, days after he was completely blocked from a position on the newly elected presbyteral council, Msgr. James Benavente submitted his resignation to Archbishop Byrnes for his position as Delegate for Church Patrimony.Below is a screenshot of the above comment:
Although Monsignor James did not give a reason for his resignation, Tim Rohr already accused the NCW for Monsignor James' resignation and gave no substantial evidence for his accusation. Five days later, Rohr changed his story and wrote the following comment (the bold is mine):
No, Byrnes didn't knife Msgr. James in the back. His fellow priests did.
Eight hours after Tim wrote the above comment, an anonymous comment came through my blog. Whoever this person is also knew that Monsignor James was betrayed by other priests. I published his comment at first and then immediately deleted it afterwards. Rather than publishing his comment, I have decided to forward it to certain authorities, whom I will not mention. Why? Because of certain things that were made in his comment:
A particular priest has givem false informtion about his fellow priests, and has worked hand in hand with the author of a particular blog to manipulate the leaders of your archdiocese to stir things in his favor.........
Why is this important information? Simply becuase it is important we publish it before he does it in order to prove that he has been the one behind the accusations against your previous bishop and other priests.........
Unfortunately he did not realize that the very people he trusted to particapte in his scheme were already suspicious of him but going against him would mean retaliation.
Because there is a priest among the clergy leaking out information to the Junglewatch blog, unity among the clergy is difficult. The priests already have a difficult time trusting each other. They are aware that their words are being recorded in the clergy meeting and their personal emails are also being leaked out. The anonymous poster warned that there will be retaliation and persecution to those local priests who stand against the Junglewatch nation. In fact, Father Jeff is already being badmouthed in the jungle. Archbishop Byrnes has his hands full, trying to unite the clergy.
In order to have unity, the truth needs to come out. Christ is the TRUTH, and ONLY Christ can bring unity. If things are kept in the dark, Satan wins. It is only when the light of truth is brought out can unity be accomplished. Naturally, the truth will hurt at first. Why? Because God is a purifying fire, which can sanctify the darkness of sin.
John 3:20-21 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.