Feb 26, 2016

Bishop warns people vs. suspicious religious sect

GMA News Online
February 25, 2016

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas has issued a warning against a sect offering Catholic church services in various barangays in the province of Pangasinan.

In a report posted on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news website, Villegas issued a circular last month admonishing the diocesan clergy of priests of the Ancient Catholic Church of the East.

“The sect is not a Catholic group and contrary to their presentation, there are no steps to ‘unite’ our Churches,” he said, adding that the group is headed by a certain Anthony Obinque of San Gonzalo, Labrador, Pangasinan.

“Please warn our Catholic faithful about their deceptive operations and consequently never to participate in their religious rites,” he added.

The prelate said the group is prohibited from using its chapels for their liturgies which simulate the Catholic rites.

“Let this malicious group be a wake-up call for us Catholic priests to reach out to the barangay communities who truly thirst for the spiritual care of the Church and hence become vulnerable to such groups,” Villegas said. — BAP, GMA News

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