A few days ago, I was reading the news about a woman who reported to police that she was assaulted by a machete-wielding man. She gave the police the name and description of the man. So, the police went looking for him. However, later interviews with the same woman revealed that she constantly changed her story. She was inconsistent, and investigators later discovered that she fabricated the whole story. So, she was arrested for giving a false report to the police.
Inconsistency in stories is usually an indication that the story is fabricated. And a person who constantly change their stories usually have something to hide. Let us take, for instance, what Tim Rohr said in his latest post about Archbishop Hon. According to Tim Rohr:
Apuron asked to be temporarily replaced by an apostolic administrator who he thought would put down the rebellion and allow him to return, but the rebels were more than the administrator could handle and soon the administrator joined the rebels.Did Archbishop Hon joined the jungle? Actually, he was intimidated and threatened with a lawsuit. That was the part that Rohr left out. Archbishop Hon's name was in a lawsuit together with Archbishop Apuron. However, his name was removed from the lawsuit after complying with the jungle. According to the jungle (the bold is mine):
In order to get his name out of the lawsuit, Archbishop Hon retracted Archbishop Apuron's statement....a statement where Archbishop Apuron said he was innocent and claimed that there was a conspiracy to oust him from his position. After retracting Archbishop Apuron's statements, Hon's name was removed from the lawsuit. This was the kind of tactic they used to get him to comply to their demands.One priest replied that Hon’s statement would have something to do with the victims. To which, Tim replied, “Too late about the victims. He’s only doing something now because he got served the lawsuit yesterday. Pathetic.”
Interestingly enough, David Sablan, the President of CCOG who was recently charged with allegedly holding secret meetings and conspiracy, was also found to allegedly use the same tactic According to Pacific News Center:
Board member Deanne Torre allegedly told investigators that she believed that “there would be punitive actions against any board member who voted against Sablan and that the Governor’s Office would be notified if a board member were to cast a dissenting vote.”Archbishop Hon was a weak Bishop who did not possess the courage to stand up to persecution, but would rather give in to appeasement, hoping that the jungle's anger and resentment would burn less bright.
If there is a lesson to learn on appeasement, it is that sometimes it is not always a good thing. When Europe appeased Adolf Hitler, it cost the lives of many people. Archbishop Hon's appeasement policy will cost the Church to lose all her assets. Archbishop Hon was so focused on removing Archbishop Apuron just as the jungle wanted him to do that he did not realize that the jungle had worked behind his back to pass a law to lift the statutes of limitations on sexual abuse. He only realized it when he was already in Rome. By the time he made his opposition to the bill known, it was too late.
Christ never gave in to appeasement. Instead, he gave in to persecution. Persecution is never easy. It takes fortitude from the Holy Spirit. It takes the grace of God to become a martyr...... even If it is a white martyr.