Following the release of contradicting opinions from two local attorneys on who controls the property of Redemptoris Mater Seminary, the Archdiocese of Agana published an article and documents in the U Matuna Si Yu'os that states the archdiocese is the certified owner.
The Catholic newspaper's article said the archbishop is the legal and sole owner of the seminary in Yona, according to the certificate of title issued by the Department of Land Management in October. The article said it was approved by Monsignor David C. Quitugua, vicar general of the archdiocese. It was published Nov. 29.
The newspaper also published a copy of the certificate of title, which said the certificate certifies the Archbishop of Agana as the owner of an estate of land situated in Yona. The title goes on to list the lot number of the property.
Quitugua said in the article that the release of certificates to the archbishop "resolves any doubt that the owner of the seminary property is the archbishop."
However, Catholic blogger Tim Rohr has long opposed the assertions of the archdiocese that it owns the property. In a post on his blog, Rohr wrote that the certificate of title does not prove ownership.
The article comes on the heels of statements issued by two Guam attorneys who opined on the ownership of the property.
Attorney Jacqueline Terlaje issued a statement to the media and dismissed the legal opinion of attorney Jacques Bronze. Terlaje said she issued the statement and her opinion in her capacity as an individual. “I’m basically stating my opinion on the matter,” she said. “I courtesy-copied the chancellor and the vicar general in the statement and they’re fully aware of the statement.”
Bronze, who was hired by the Concerned Catholics of Guam, reviewed and opined on documents related to the Yona property and said he considered the property to be in control of a board of guarantors, not the archbishop, according to the CCOG.
Terlaje in her statement said Bronze is wrong and that title reports from the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts and a legal opinion from Lewis Roca Rothgerber show the property title is in the name of the archdiocese.
The CCOG is considering taking the issue to court, it has said.