BISHOPS WARN OF AT LEAST 70 FALSE PRIESTS IN MEXICO CITY AREA

      MEXICO CITY (CWN) - The 11 dioceses that make up the Metropolitan See of Mexico City issued a document this weekend warning Catholics about the existence of at least 70 false priests operating in the states of Mexico City, Hidalgo, and Morelos.

      According to the bishops, the false priests are specially targeting liturgical celebrations either in small suburbs or wealthy people in search of a Mass or a sacrament. "These false minister are not only taking economic advantage of the population, but are also confusing the people, since their teachings differ from the Church's true doctrine," the bishops said.

      Nevertheless, in the document, the bishops admit: "we bear part of the responsibility for our lack of vigilance," but they add that in order to stop the problem, they will need the help of the public. As a first step, the bishops will issue banners with the names and identity papers of the false priests in order to warn parishes.

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December 26-28, 1997 volume 8, no. 61         DAILY CATHOLIC