VIDEO: Msgr. Benevente: “The Lesser Road Was Taken”

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Guam – After days of silence on Archbishop Apuron’s decision to dismiss him, Monsignor Benevente issued a statement Friday afternoon, saying that “lesser road was chosen.”

Reacting to Archbishop Apuron’s decision on Thursday to publicly release a report from Deloitte and Touche, before providing it to him, Msgr. Benevente said  “despite my repeated pleas to be presented with the written allegations of financial mismanagement and the opportunity to respond, the decision was made to go to the media and public first.”

He said this issue could have been “resolved amicably,” sparing Guam’s Catholic community “the hurt and division” that now exists “however, the lesser road was chosen.”

He also thanked the community for their support and prayers and said he would “work to resolve these matters through deep prayer and dialogue in order that truth and justice prevail for the good of all.”

READ the statement from Msgr. Benevente below:

STATEMENT FROM MONSIGNOR JAMES L.G. BENAVENTE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 1, 2014

Monsignor James today issued the following statement in response to public allegations of financial mismanagement.

“I want to thank the people of God in the Archdiocese of Agaña for their support and prayers during this time,” said Benavente.

“Despite my repeated pleas to be presented with the written allegations of financial mismanagement and the opportunity to respond, the decision was made to go to the media and public first.

“I am confident that this entire situation could have been resolved amicably in order to spare our community the hurt and division that exists today; however, the lesser road was chosen.

“I ask for your continued prayers for our Church as I work to resolve these matters through deep prayer and dialogue in order that truth and justice prevail for the good of all.”