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Blogger explains why he met with Vatican officials

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - With the delegation from the Vatican no longer on island one individual who was able to meet with them shares why the delegation contacted him for a meeting.

Over the course of a week the delegation met with various clergy, religious, and laity throughout the island filling their schedule with countless meetings but despite a full schedule the delegation managed to meet with Tim Rohr, author of the JungleWatch blog who was initially turned down by the chancery for a meeting. Rohr says it was the delegation who contacted him for the sit down, saying, "They wanted me to name three issues that I had with the archdiocese or with the church leadership and I named them right off the bat cause I was prepared for that number one bullying by these guys second of all lying and third neglect complete neglect of the church except for their little colt."

Rohr says that the delegation was interested in what he meant with regards to bullying. In response Rohr shared some of the controversies within the archdiocese in particular that of Father Paul Gofigan and the Lastimosa Family, also alleging that the archdiocese from the pulpit has told parishioners not to view his blog, saying "Its sinful its evil". Rohr says he also spoke of lies making reference to the responses made by the chancellor of the Archdiocese of Agana Father Adrian Cristobal to KUAM regarding the Redemportis Mater Seminary in Yona.

He said, "I have to call those lies because I can't believe they are that stupid I don't think they are actually lies they are making themselves I have to think at this point that Archbishop Apuron Father Cristobal and Monsignor David the Vicor General are just really simply foot soldiers for the guys that really run this diocese which I call The Neocatechemunal Masters," he said.

He says after sharing this information with the delegation they asked him to do one thing and that is to "help".
"So agreed to help in this fashion to basically tone down my own comments basically not calling our own church leaders liars like I have been I am just going to call those misstatements," he said.


He says he is still in contact with the delegation and will let them know his every move. He adds that while the delegation was here in addition to meeting with him they also made it a point to meet with others such as Richard Untalan and Joe Rivera members of the previous archdiocese finance council. Rohr says that based on his meeting with the Vatican delegation he believes that the purpose of their visit was to investigate the controversies within the archdiocese.  
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