Saturday, July 26, 2014

Monsignor James Benavente: served as Rector for 20 years has been Removed !

Guam - KUAM News has received a copy of a letter that was sent to several people in the Archdiocese of Agana today announcing Archbishop Anthony Apuron's removal of Monsignor James Benavente as Rector of the Dulce Nombre Maria Cathedral-Basilica. According to the letter his removal went into effect Friday, July 25th.

According to the letter Monsignor James was also removed as the Director of Catholic Cemeteries for the Archdiocese of Agana. The letter also announced the Archbishop's directive dissolving the Archdiocesan Development Group. The Group served as the umbrella organization for the Cathedral's gift shop, museum and Media Ministries.

Monsignor Benavente served as Rector for 20 years. His removal is the latest controversy for the Catholic church in Guam. Earlier this week, the Archbishop removed Father John Wadeson from active ministry in the Archdiocese of Agana. His removal followed the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests or SNAP exposing his past and the fact that Father Wadeson was twice accused of child molestation in California. Father Wadeson was banned from the Los Angeles Archdiocese. The day after he was removed, Father Wadeson left Guam.

Posted: Jul 26, 2014 4:17 AM PST Updated: Jul 26, 2014 4:17 AM PST

by Sabrina Salas Matanane


Tim said...

The removal of Msgr. Benavent is in no way related to the reason Fr. Wadeson was removed. In fact, Benavente was removed in retaliation for my exposing of Fr. Wadeson. Not being able to get to me, since I am a layman, the Archbishop decided to take down a priest close to me, Benavente. He used trumped up allegations of financial mismanagement, but nobody in Guam believes that. Just so you know, Wadeson and the Archbishop are "walkers" in the Neocatechumenal Way. The Archbishop incardinated Wadeson here in Guam only because he was in the Way and ignored his history. If you have questions, you can contact me at

F.Murillo said...


I can only pray for all parties to resolve their grievances and allegations. I hope that by the end of the storm, there is reconciliation within the community!



Anonymous said...

what is happening to our Arch Bishop? Is he losing it? My heart breaks fumbling across all this drama. I think we have lost sight of what the Lord wants from us. To win hearts and make disciples. No wonder why most catholics are veering away from the Catholic Church and going to the Christian Churches. God help us.