Monday, July 5, 2010

Fake priest excommunicated

The Diocese of Cubao has forwarded to the Diocese of Pasig the information regarding the penalty of Ferrendae Sententiae Excommunication upon Xavier Eubra de Borja for disguising himself as a Roman Catholic Priest with the intention of deceiving the lay faithful of Cubao.

In a letter dated June 7 and sent to Pasig Bishop Francisco C. San Diego, Bishop Ongtioco mentioned that he incurred the said penalty for committing the following serious offenses: for attempting to celebrate the liturgical actions of the Eucharist though not promoted to the sacerdotal order and invalidly administering the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

In a report released by UCANews, de Borja claimed that he entered a seminary in Russia and returned to the Philippines in 2009 saying that he was an "ordained priest" on vacation.

"He even presented documents proclaiming himself a member of the Canons Regular of St. Augustine in France," the report said.

"However, a check with the Vladivostok-based Mary Mother of God Mission Society, revealed that no Filipino priest was assigned there."

Ferrendae Sententiae is a mode of excommunication consisting of an official proclamation by a local Ordinary which bars a person from attending Mass, receiving communion and participating in religious ceremonies.

This pronouncement is in effect anywhere in the world.

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