Ex-finance officers debunk claims about Yona seminary

Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, Pacific Daily News September 1, 2016

Former members of the island Catholic church’s finance council said on Wednesday that Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron went behind the council’s back in 2011 when the archbishop, with help from other people involved with the Neocatechumenal Way, “secretly” recorded a deed transferring a church property in Yona to the Redemptoris Mater Seminary.

The former members of the Archdiocesan Finance Council said the council, during a September 2011 meeting, had denied the Redemptoris Mater Seminary’s request to transfer the title of the Yona property to the seminary.

Richard Untalan, former president of the Archdiocesan Finance Council, said he and others are talking about the issue in response to recent statements made by Apuron and Seminary Rector Rev. Pius Sammut.

“We were there. We were intimately privy to the transactions, as our input, analysis and approval were all required by Canon Law for any transaction to occur. We know what happened,” Untalan said.

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