Saturday, April 23, 2016
Protesters were chanting and yelling, "Gennarini Go Home!"
Guam - An angry mob of protesters hounding the leader of the neocatechumenal way in the us, Guiseppe Gennarini last night at the AB Won Pat International Airport.
The protesters, yelling in Gennarini's face, say they've had enough and they won't back down to someone they believe is trying to overthrow their beliefs.
It was a riotous scene of angry mobsters made up of mostly Catholic man' amko last night. At first just a few dozen showed up with signs. Just outside the arrival gate at the airport, the protesters were chanting and singing.
But as soon as Gennarini and his followers walked out the double doors, it turned into violent screams. Some were even yelling words like, "Satan go home! You're satan!"
Many Catholics accuse him of manipulating Archbishop Anthony Apuron into giving away the disputed Redemptoris Mater Seminary to the Gennarinis for the purpose of perpetuating their teachings---teachings that go against the traditions of the local church.
"I think that Chamorros are very welcoming people but I think we’re also tired of being walked all over and being abused by this archbishop and this diocese," says Vangie Lujan, a member of the Concerned Catholics of Guam.
PNC: "Some might say that it was a little abrasive. Lots of yelling. A lot of screaming at the Gennarinis when they arrived. What would your response be to that?"
"I think that we have been very patient. This has been three years in the making," says Lujan. "If we have to stand up and make sure that the people that are running our church understand that we are serious about our concerns and what we want, we’re willing to do that."
"Protesters, individuals that come here, they come here to usurp our religion and to undermine our catholic faith and our tradition and honestly we are very tired of it," another protester, Jerry Taitano, says.
"The church for a charisma to prove that it is valid, always persecution, misunderstanding has always belonged to the history of the church so we don’t fear," he adds.
The protests continued this morning outside the gates of the RMS property in Yona. We did not get a response to our request for comment from the archdiocese as of news time.
Written by Janela Carrera
Friday, 22 April 2016
Archdiocese criticizes protesters
Posted: Apr 28, 2016 2:57 PM PDT
Updated: May 05, 2016 2:59 PM PDT
By Sabrina Salas MatananeCONNECT
The Archdiocese of Agana says the protest that was held by dozens of frustrated Catholics at the Guam International Airport last week was "not the warm Hafa Adai Spirit that the Chamorro people are well known for". The protestors shouted you're not a real Catholic" and "go home" to Professor Giuseppe Gennarini, Mrs. Claudia Gennarini and Fr. Angelo Poschetti as they arrived and walked out of the terminal. Professor Gennarini is described as the head of the Neocatechumenal Way in the United States. He along with Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes are on Guam to conduct courses at the Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores Catholic Theological Institute for Oceania (“Theological Institute”) in Yona. According to a press release issued last night by the Archdiocese of Agana Professor Gennarini is also a member of the Board of Guarantors of the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary of Guam.
Fr. Edivaldo da Silva Oliveira, who is now the acting spokesperson for the Archdiocese, has previously stated that Archdiocese does not believe that the actions of this angry mob represents the feelings of the vast majority of the Catholics of Guam.
Last week's protest at the airport was one of many held over the last several years by local Catholics frustrated with the actions of Archbishop Anthony Apuron who they believe has been influenced by the Neocatechumenal Way. Over the last several years they have been requesting to meet with him to discuss their concerns. "Some questions have been raised about the Archbishop’s unwillingness to address the concerns of the protestors. However, the Archbishop completed his pastoral visits of every parish (26 Catholic parishes) of the Archdiocese of Agana in 2015, and during this time, the Archbishop not only met with many of these protestors, but allowed the parishioners present to ask questions. Thus, while the Archbishop has not granted a private meeting to these protestors, the opportunity was given to all Catholics in the Archdiocese to directly communicate their concerns to the Archbishop," the press release stated.
The Archdiocese meanwhile is inviting the public to the Cathedral on Saturday as Cardinal Cordes will be celebrating a special mass at 7:30 pm.