Vatican officials to hear concerns

Pacific Daily News

Written by
Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno
Pacific Daily News

A local Catholic church asset — a former hotel worth $57 million at one time — may no longer be under the full control of the Archdiocese of Agana, government land records show.

The group Concerned Catholics of Guam first raised doubts publicly in July about the property’s control, and now plans to show the documents to a visiting delegation from the Vatican this week.

Department of Land Management documents state that Archbishop Anthony Apuron assigned “perpetual use” of the property to the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Seminary and its institute for academic formation.

The seminary is under a four-member “board of guarantors,” including Archbishop Anthony Apuron, according to the seminary’s articles of incorporation. The majority of the board consists of three New Jersey residents affiliated with the Neocatechumenal Way’s leadership: couple Giuseppe Gennarini and Claudia Gennarini; and Angelo Pochetti, the seminary’s Articles of Incorporation states.

The Neocatechumenal Way is a worldwide movement in the Catholic church, but its practices and influence on Apuron are being opposed locally by certain Catholics, including members of Concerned Catholics of Guam.

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