Former Senator Bob Klitzkie still believes the Redemptoris Mater Seminary property was “given away” by Archbishop Anthony Apuron.
Guam – Former Senator Bob Klitzkie is once again calling on Department of Land Management Director Mike Borja to take action on a certificate of title that contains false information regarding the multimillion dollar property the Redemptory Mater Seminary.
The property has been at the center of a controversial debate over its true ownership.
It has been nearly two months since former Senator Bob Klitzkie has heard back from Department of Land Management Director Mike Borja regarding a contentious certificate of title the Archdiocese of Agana claims to prove once and for all that they are the true owners of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Yona.
“It’s time to move on this thing because on January 20, Mike Borja, or thereabouts, told me that he had met with the attorney general, his counsel Kristen Finney, and they agreed that the memorials had to be corrected, that he would be filing a petition,” says Klitzkie.
The seminary is at the heart of a controversial dispute over its ownership. The Concerned Catholics of Guam and many other catholics have accused Archbishop Anthony Apuron of essentially giving the multimillion dollar property away to a third party associated with the neocatechumenal sect through a deed restriction.
The Archdiocese maintains that the deed restriction does not give up the ownership of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary. To substantiate this, the Archdiocese published in its own newspaper, the Umatuna Si Yu’os, on November 29, a copy of the certificate of title.
The problem, as Klitzkie has pointed out, is that the certificate of title was missing the record of the deed restriction. Klitzkie says he spoke with Borja to point out the error and Borja agreed that a petition needed to file to make the correction. That conversation happened on January 20th.
“Nothing happened and I went back in in February and I asked, ‘Well what happened, what happened to that petition?’ His counsel, Kristen Finney, said, ‘Well I can’t file it because I’ve got to sit down with counsel for the archdiocese, Jacque Terlaje,” Klitzkie notes. “‘I’ve gotta sit down with Jackie and see what we can work out.'”
PNC: “What is there to work out?”
“That’s exactly my question. When they’ve decided where to go, I could see giving counsel a little bit of courtesy … the archdiocese, there are no equities working for the archdiocese. They don’t come before the director with clean hands,” notes Klitzkie.
PNC: “What is your involvement, or why are you involved in all this?”
“That’s a really good question. But I’m involved for two reasons: one, I’m a catholic and in my eyes the archbishop gave that valuable piece of property away. He gave it, put it in the control of a corporation that the Archdiocese of Agana doesn’t control. And then my other interest is that when I see something that affects the title to real property and is wrong and it’s not corrected, I think there’s kind of a public dimension to that because if you can’t trust certificates of title that come out of the office of the director of land management, what should you trust?” argues Klitzkie. “The only way to restore that trust is for the director of land management to do his job.”
Calls and messages to the Department of Land Management director as well as Attorney Jacque Terlaje were not returned as of news time.