CCOG lists conditions for meeting with Archbishop and Chancery Officials

On June 17th, 2015, CCOG vice president, David Sablan met with Archdiocese of Agana Chancellor Fr. Adrian Cristobal.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss conditions of any future meetings between CCOG officials and Archbishop Apuron to bring about healing and unity within our Archdiocese.  After the meeting, Mr. Sablan sent Fr. Adrian Cristobal an email confirmation of the conditions discussed at the meeting for his ready reference and discussion with Archbishop Apuron (see email below).  Fr. Adrian responded, stating he will get back to Mr. Sablan.  To date, CCOG has not received any response from the Chancery on whether the Archbishop will agree to the conditions put forth by CCOG to begin healing and unity, and to restore the trust the Catholic Faithful have in Archbishop Apuron.

On Jun 18, 2015, at 12:22 PM, David Sablan wrote:


Hafa ‘Dai Fr. Adrian,
As we discussed yesterday, the topics of concern that must be resolved for harmony, unity and peace to be among our Faithful are:

  1. Reinstatement of Msgr. James Benavente and Fr. Paul Gofigan to their parish pastorship in Agana and Dededo, respectively;
  2. Public apology by Archbishop Apuron of all persons hurt by allegations put forth by the Chancery against these two priests;
  3. Rescinding the Deed of Restriction of the Yona property and building now used as the Redemptoris Mater House of Formation Seminary, the former Accion Hotel, so the property is returned back to the Archdiocese of Agana, Corporation Sole;
  4. Archbishop Apuron must remove himself from membership and affiliation with the Neocatechumenal Way movement, as his membership there is divisive, creating a “privileged class” of “Catholics” with a minority group within our Church; and
  5. Provide CCOG, Inc. with complete audited financial statements of the past few years of the Archdiocese performed by a CPA firm such as Deloitte Touche or Ernst & Young to show where funds come from, and how funds are used within the Archdiocese of Agana.   We should be free to question the auditors with regard to any of their findings.  We would be pleased to then report to the Faithful our findings and confirmations.  This is transparency.

There are other issues of concern but the above are the ones that we need to see some definitive action from the Archbishop to begin the process for unity and healing.
Any meeting henceforth between representatives of CCOG, Inc. and the Chancery must be frank and based on the truth.  Minutes will be taken and the proceedings may be recorded.  As I advised there is a tremendous lack of trust and confidence with the Faithful in any pronouncements from the Chancery.

Father, as I said, if and when we do have another meeting next week with our respective representatives, and we determine that your team is not truthful with us, we will cease to discuss matters and will move forward with our own plans unilaterally.

We await your comments and advice.

David J. Sablan, Vice President
Concerned Catholics of Guam, Inc.


From: Adrian Cristobal
Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2015 1:55 PM
To: David Sablan
Subject: Re: Meeting – 6/17/15

Dear Dave,

Thank you.

I will have to review this and will get back to you.
God bless,
Fr Adrian

Sent from my iPhone

1 comment for “CCOG lists conditions for meeting with Archbishop and Chancery Officials

  1. Gerald A. Taitano
    September 30, 2015 at 5:07 am

    Guam history will show this final attempt at reconciling with the Chancery as the beginning of the division between traditional Chamorro Catholicism and the European Neocatechumenal Catholicism.

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