Dave Sablan to seminary occupants: pay rent or get out - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

Dave Sablan to seminary occupants: pay rent or get out

Posted: Updated:

One longtime advocate for transparency in the Church speaks out about what he's calling "freeloaders". The property in question is the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Yona.

Pay rent or get out - that's the sentiment from Concerned Catholics of Guam President David Sablan, who told KUAM News, "We have this property now that is back in the church patrimony. That is the Yona property, where the Redemptoris Mater Seminary is situated. We still have people staying there."

Sablan has written to RMS leadership to find out who's staying in the former hotel and has yet to receive a response. He alleges the group consists of members of the Neocatechumenal Way, including missionaries, seminarians, and presbyters.

Though their operations are no longer financially supported by the Archdiocese, he reports they use the space free of charge. "A free hotel for a bunch of freeloaders from around the world," he strongly stated. Sablan takes issue with this considering 14 Catholic schools and all Catholic parishes are being assessed fees to keep Church operations afloat.

"Here they are, staying at the RMS rent-free, exposing actually the archdiocese and the church to liability risks, on the other hand we're charging our school kids to cough up some money to pay off old debts that is now been assumed by the archdiocese," he said. Sablan added, "In my opinion, this is another type of abuse of our children. If we are going to charge them now to pay our old debts. They should be kept out of this - there should be other ways and means."

Though Sablan suspects Catholic school enrollment will go down as a result of increased fees, Archdiocese Communications Director Tony Diaz says they have yet to gauge the numbers since not all Catholic schools are back in session.

As reported, the RMS property is also up for sale amid the nearly 100 clergy sex abuse lawsuits lodged against the Church. The Church recently released a list of 41 non-essential church assets, the RMS at the top of the list and likely their top-ticket item.

KUAM files show the property, once valued at $75 million, though Church officials won't confirm its present appraised value.

KUAM called the RMS and asked to speak with the rector. Our calls were not returned as of news time.

  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • Chief judge orders parties to appear for solid waste transition

    Chief judge orders parties to appear for solid waste transition

    The long-awaited transfer of the solid waste system may take longer than expected.  District court judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood issued an order late Friday calling all parties to appear at a hearing next month to argue whether the formal transition should be extended past the December 31st deadline.   In her order, the judge noted that she is unsure at this point whether to approve the end of the receivership, because the Guam Solid Waste Au...More >>
    The long-awaited transfer of the solid waste system may take longer than expected.  District court judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood issued an order late Friday calling all parties to appear at a hearing next month to argue whether the formal transition should be extended past the December 31st deadline.   In her order, the judge noted that she is unsure at this point whether to approve the end of the receivership, because the Guam Solid Waste Au...More >>
  • Adelup wants public hearing for hospital bills

    Adelup wants public hearing for hospital bills

    Two pieces of proposed legislation that aren't on the next session agenda are Bills 141 and 142. The administration is making yet another attempt to get lawmakers to have those measures go up for a public hearing. Governor Calvo submitted both five months ago:  One to authorize a $125 million bond for GMH improvements, the other would raise the business privilege tax from 4% to 4.75% to service the bond debt and fund GMH's chronic budget shortfall. GMH administrator Peter John ...More >>
    Two pieces of proposed legislation that aren't on the next session agenda are Bills 141 and 142. The administration is making yet another attempt to get lawmakers to have those measures go up for a public hearing. Governor Calvo submitted both five months ago:  One to authorize a $125 million bond for GMH improvements, the other would raise the business privilege tax from 4% to 4.75% to service the bond debt and fund GMH's chronic budget shortfall. GMH administrator Peter John ...More >>
  • Chamorro history book debuting this weekend

    Chamorro history book debuting this weekend

    Laura Torres Souder, also known as Auntie Lo, wrote the book Kiko's Adventure on the Magic Flying Proa with Kiko, her 7-year-old grandnephew. It's a story about Chamorro history that will make its debut at the Guam Museum tomorrow.

    More >>

    Laura Torres Souder, also known as Auntie Lo, wrote the book Kiko's Adventure on the Magic Flying Proa with Kiko, her 7-year-old grandnephew. It's a story about Chamorro history that will make its debut at the Guam Museum tomorrow.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly