It’s that floodlight that seems to be a problem for those in Guam who plotted to bring down Archbishop Anthony Apuron for apparent agendas of finance and property control having nothing to do with protecting young people from abuse. These same people collaborated with SNAP early on to develop tactics that would serve their cause.It is interesting to see this coming from someone on the outside looking in. Father MacRae has a point. First of all, we already know that the jungle was in collaboration with SNAP early on. Secondly, this four year controversy did not start with the sexual abuse. It actually started with the removal of two priests: Father Paul Gofigan and Monsignor James Benavente. Father Paul was removed for disobedience in July, 2013. He was instructed to remove a known sex offender and murderer from the parish. Although Father Paul terminated the employee, he continued to work as a volunteer doing the same job when he was employed. In other words, only his paycheck was removed, but his title as Director of Facilities Management remained. See the screenshot below, which was updated April 2, 2013 (two months before Father Paul's removal):
Monsignor James, on the other hand, was removed for financial mismanagement the following year in 2014. While the Archdiocese work for improvement and change as stated in the Umatuna, what Archbishop Byrnes is unaware of is that many of the people with him are the same people who already knew about the financial problems of the Archdiocese in 2011. In fact, even Tim Rohr (who was not a member of the Archdiocese Finance Council) was also aware of it. According to Tim Rohr:
"The Archdiocese is 20 Million dollars in debt which means that even if Apuron can blame 7 million dollars of that debt on Msgr. James, the remaining 13 Million is all on Apuron. The truth is of course that even the 7 million dollars that Msgr. James was tasked with paying back was actually Apuron's loan, not Msgr. James', for the simple reason that Msgr. James has no authority to sign for a loan."The reason the Archbishop placed people in certain position was because he trusted them to do the right thing. In other words, if the person knew that the Archdiocese could not pay for the project he had in mind, then he should not have entertain the thought of getting a loan nor mislead anyone into thinking that the Archdiocese can pay for the project. From what I understand, Monsignor James had a lot of projects done.
Since the removal of Monsignor James, the controversy centered mainly on the RM Seminary and the Archdiocesan finances. It wasn't until November, 2014 when John Toves appeared, accusing Archbishop Apuron of sexually molesting his cousin. John Toves was actually the first person to bring up a sexual molestation allegation against the Archbishop (See the historical timeline).
Interestingly enough, Tim Rohr kept a file entitled "Apuron's crimes" on his blog, which you can find here. This list covered alleged crimes of Archbishop Apuron from 2002 to November, 2015. Interestingly enough, the 2002 alleged crime has to do with acquiring the RM Seminary. It goes all the way back to the Seminary, a property valued at 75 million dollars, which the media consistently emphasized in their report. Also, of all the alleged crimes he listed on that page, there were no sexual abuse or molestation charges against the Archbishop.
John Toves accused Archbishop Apuron of molesting his cousin in November, 2014. That is not on Rohr's list. Mae Ada came on the radio talk show of Patti Arroyo on August 19, 2015 and reported that she heard from someone who was allegedly molested by Archbishop Apuron. That man was later identified as Walter Denton. Rohr claimed to have met Denton in August-September, 2015. Yet, Rohr did not indicate any sexual abuse allegations against Archbishop Apuron on that list.