In response to the reports regarding Fr. Wachs and SNAP's demand for apology from Archbishop Byrnes, the following was made by Jacque Terlaje:
As I understand the role of Fr. Justin Wachs, he is a notary. A notary has no role in the decision making process of the canonical trials, but simply attests to the identity of the person, receives that person’s sworn statement to tell the truth, and acts as a recorder. Have we sunk to such dismal levels on this island that every person accused of any wrongdoing is automatically a piranha in our island society? Attorney David Lujan’s attack on the integrity of a notary is appalling. How can one judge Fr. Wachs’ “virtue and character” based on a news report of allegations made against him? With a little due diligence, one would discover that Fr. Wach’s denied the allegations.
This rush to judgment simply fits the consistent Modus Operandi I have been witness to on this island for the last year; demand beheading, rather than seek the truth through the judicial process. This is yet another tactic to undermine the intensive and rigorous efforts that the Vatican has undertaken to determine the truth.
Additionally, I am not surprised that the anti-Catholic group, SNAP is demanding that Coadjutor Archbishop Byrnes issue an apology. SNAP’s disdain for “a man with such a history” is an irrational assault on the Catholic Church, and immediately calls to mind the gospel of John 8:7, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” From the behavior I have seen in the demands for public lynching, I am lead to the improbable and absurd conclusion that Guam is sin free!