For Immediate Release – April 24, 2015
Hagatna, Guam – The Concerned Catholics of Guam (CCOG) today announced that the organization will be hosting an island-wide prayer rally and motorcade on Sunday, May 3, 2015. The rally is being organized to appeal for justice, accountability, and action from the archdiocese’s leadership, which has remained silent on controversial issues facing the Catholic community on Guam.
Despite repeated letters and requests from members of the Concerned Catholics of Guam to meet with Archbishop Anthony Apuron to begin a dialogue on these issues, Archbishop Apuron continues to hide behind a veil of secrecy and is completely out of touch with the people of God in the Archdiocese of Agana.
“We are again appealing that Archbishop Apuron come to his senses and to reach out, in a genuine and tangible way, to a hurting and divided Church on Guam. We have waited too long and his style of leadership and silence cannot be tolerated any longer,” said Greg Perez, president of Concerned Catholics of Guam, Inc.
“I’m inviting everyone to please join us for this island-wide prayer rally and motorcade to send a clear message to Pope Francis and to Rome that nothing has been done to reconcile and reunite our Church. We want justice, accountability, and a real effort to move our church forward.”
Letter and Email Campaign
Guam Catholics are also being encouraged to begin a second campaign of letters, emails, and phone calls to Vatican officials in Rome concerning the inaction, lack of leadership, and lack of transparency from Archbishop Apuron and the Chancery Office.
Earlier this year, high-ranking Vatican officials visited Guam for what the archdiocese dubbed a “pastoral visit”. Instead the visit was in fact investigatory in nature with a quietly kept schedule of events and meetings with concerned individuals, public officials, and clergy members.
CCOG is confident that the tremendous outcry and communication outpour led to the high-level visit of Vatican officials. Residents are encouraged to send their letters and emails to:
Archbishop Martin Krebs AND Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, S.D.B.
Apostolic Nunciature Secretary
P.O.Box 14044, 112 Queen’s Drive,
Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples
Wellington, New Zealand
Palazzo di Propaganda Fide, 00187
By Email: email@example.com
By Fax: (+64-4) 3878170
Gregory Perez at 727-3233 or David Sablan at 482-4647