Monsignor possibly removed due to financial mismanagement - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

Monsignor possibly removed due to financial mismanagement

Posted: Updated:
 by Jolene Toves

Guam - Exactly one week after a special mass was held to celebrate his 20th anniversary Monsignor James Benavente was removed by Archbishop Anthony Apuron as the rector of the Dulce Nombre De Maria Cathedral Basilica. Word of the removal began rippling through the island's Catholic community.

He was the headline in this Sunday's weekly Catholic newspaper: "Monsignor James Benavente Celebrates 20 Years", but a week after being honored for his accomplishments in the Archdiocese of Agana, Archbishop Apuron removed him from his role as rector of the cathedral and as director of the Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese.

Although the archbishop and archdiocese have not provided a comment as to why he was removed KUAM sources say he was removed on allegations of financial mismanagement.

Tim Rohr runs the popular blog JungleWatch. He says those allegations are a farce, noting, "My understanding also because I have had some feedback from members of the parishioners an members of the Financial Council that monsignor has never spent a dime that wasn't approved so the financial mismanagement I don't know. I do know that monsignor asked for an opportunity to respond to the charges he wasn't given on he was told that he would have an opportunity but the next thing that you know he was given a letter dismissing him from the cathedral without an opportunity to address any of the charges."

Aside from Monsignor Benavente's removal the archbishop also dissolved the Archdiocesan Development Group which served as the umbrella organization of the Cathedral's gift shop, museum and media ministries. On Saturday Msgr. James sent a letter to members of the Cathedral's Parish Council and Finance Council to inform them of his removal. He also sent the letter to employees of the Cathedral's pastoral center, gift shop and catholic cemeteries.

He wrote "after 20 years of service as rector of the Cathedral-Basilica, please accept my profound appreciation for your support and working relationship throughout  the years. I ask for your continued prayers for our archbishop, our church, and humbly, for me as well. Please be assured of my prayers and continued concern for you and your families." Calls to Msgr. James for comment went unreturned, however Rohr says he will be  appointing someone to speak on his behalf and will be issuing a statement. 
  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • GACs stakeholders support renewal of Guam's First Charter School

    GACs stakeholders support renewal of Guam's First Charter School

    After school hours, in a packed public hearing room at the Guam Congress Building, stakeholders from Guahan Academy Charter School came out in support of renewing Guahan Academy’s Charter.Students like Amara Joe Labasna, a 3rd grade student studying at GACs for two years, says she learned what she was supposed to learn as a third grader. Adding, “I am 

    More >>

    After school hours, in a packed public hearing room at the Guam Congress Building, stakeholders from Guahan Academy Charter School came out in support of renewing Guahan Academy’s Charter.Students like Amara Joe Labasna, a 3rd grade student studying at GACs for two years, says she learned what she was supposed to learn as a third grader. Adding, “I am only a third grader and I shouldn’t have to wo

    More >>
  • Head of Underground birth-Tourism operation sentenced

    Head of Underground birth-Tourism operation sentenced

    CNMI Chief Judge Ramona Manglona sentenced Sen Sun for his role in operating an illegal birth-Tourism business on Saipan. Mr. Sun illegally employed dozens of Chinese nationals without work authorization as caretakers or "nannies". The judge sentenced Sun to one year and one day of imprisonment, a fine of $1,000, and ordered the defendant forfeit $33,960 in criminally-derived assets. United States Attorney Anderson says "such businesses jeopardize the islands legitimate...More >>
    CNMI Chief Judge Ramona Manglona sentenced Sen Sun for his role in operating an illegal birth-Tourism business on Saipan. Mr. Sun illegally employed dozens of Chinese nationals without work authorization as caretakers or "nannies". The judge sentenced Sun to one year and one day of imprisonment, a fine of $1,000, and ordered the defendant forfeit $33,960 in criminally-derived assets. UniMore >>
  • Guam Guardsmen assisting with volcano support

    Guam Guardsmen assisting with volcano support

    Two members with the Guam National Guard's 94th Civil Support team are set to provide support in Hawaii. This is in response to the fallout of the eruption of the Kilauea volcano in the Big Island. The soldier and airman will leave next week. They will spMore >>
    Two members with the Guam National Guard's 94th Civil Support team are set to provide support in Hawaii. This is in response to the fallout of the eruption of the Kilauea volcano in the Big Island. The soldier and airman will leave next week. They will spMore >>
Powered by Frankly
<div id="CDEV-footer"> <div class="top"> <div class="topRight"> <div class="logo-container"> <img src="http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/professionalservices/clients/kuam/images/footer_logo.png" id="kuamLogo"> </div> </div> <div class="footer-main-nav"> <ul class="link-group"> <li class="lg1"> <a href="/category/172720/reporter-biographies">Meet Our Team</a> </li> <li class="lg1"> <a href="/story/11165417/contact-kuam">Contact Us</a> </li> <li class="lg1"> <a href="/category/170165/jobs-at-kuam">Jobs</a> </li> <li class="lg1"> <a href="/story/10863272/the-history-of-kuam">Our History</a> </li> <li class="lg1"> <a href="/story/23585451/2013/10/02/advertise-with-us">Advertising</a> </li> <li class="lg1"> <a href="/story/11207807/kuam-careforce">KUAM CareForce</a> </li> <li class="lg1"> <a href="/link/657590/kuam-eeo-supplemental-narrative-statement">EEO</a> </li> </ul> <ul class="link-group"> <li class="lg2"> <a href="http://www.kuam.com/">Home</a> </li> <li class="lg2"> <a href="/category/164100/news">News</a> </li> <li class="lg2"> <a href="/weather">Weather</a> </li> <li class="lg2"> <a href="/category/164101/sports">Sports</a> </li> <li class="lg2"> <a href="/video">Video</a> </li> <li class="lg2"> <a href="/category/169968/about">Calendar</a> </li> </ul> <ul class="link-group"> <li class="lg3"> <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kuam-guams-news-network/id383314429" target="_blank">iOS App</a> </li> <li class="lg3"> <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobdub.channel.KUAM" target="_blank">Android App</a> </li> <li class="lg3"> <a href="/story/32387305/2016/07/07/our-new-baby-kuam-rolls-out-apple-tv-app-for-living-room-streaming" target="_blank">TV Apps</a> </li> <li class="lg3"> <a href="/story/11269715/kuamcom-rss-feeds">RSS Feeds</a> </li> </ul> </div> <div class="footer-search"></div> </div> <div class="bottom"> <div class="copyrightText"> <div class="logo-container"> <a id="wnLogo" href="http://www.worldnow.com"><img src="http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/wncorp/logos/worldnow_white.png" id="wn"></a> </div> <div class="text"> <p> All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KUAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our <a class="tnclink" href="/global/story.asp?s=18990">Privacy Policy</a>, and <a class="tnclink" href="/global/story.asp?s=18991">Terms of Service</a>, and <a class="adchoice" href="//www.aboutads.info/choices" target="policy">Ad Choices</a>. </p> </div> <div class="clear"></div> </div> </div> </div>