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Catholics create Facebook page to rally around monsignor

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Although Monsignor James Benavente has not returned calls for comment on his removal from his positions within the Archdiocese of Agana, several concerned Catholics have formed a Facebook page to come to his defense.

Archbishop Anthony Apuron suddenly removed him from his position as rector of the Cathedral Basilica and director of Catholic Cemeteries. His termination was exactly one week after celebrating his 20th anniversary. The archbishop says he removed him for financial mismanagement.

The monsignor's friends and supporters created a Facebook page to stand by him during this difficult time.  A family member wrote on the page today "Anyone who knows Monsignor James can attest that he, of all people, would never condone that anyone be treated this way, and so publicly. This is what makes his treatment sting the most."

Although KUAM News has not spoken directly with the monsignor we're told he vehemently denies the allegations.    In the archbishop's latest release he wrote that "as a result of an audit into the church's finances he felt given the gravity of the situation he was compelled to take urgent measures to change administration in order "to end this state of affairs which is detrimental to the archdiocese."

We should point out though the archbishop was notified about the financial discrepancies in January.
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