Manila- Catholic prelates have warned the public against certain individuals introducing themselves as priests at cemeteries during the observance of All Saints’ Day.
Many Filipinos flocked to cemeteries and memorial parks nationwide to offer prayers for their departed loved ones and friends in observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
Bishop Pedro Arigo said some bogus priests roam cemeteries on this day to conduct blessing rituals on the grave of a deceased person then ask money from visiting relatives.
“Napakagandang samantalahin ang undas ng mga nagpapanggap na pari para kumita ng pera… Mag-ingat ang publiko at huwag basta magtiwala sa mga pumupunta sa puntod para magbasbas (All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day is an opportunity for fake priests to make money…The public is warned not to trust priest who visits and blesses tomb),” Arigo told Church-run Radyo Veritas.
Arigo said the public could easily identify a real priest from a fake one by asking for his celebret, an identification card issued by the Church.
To prevent such incidents from happening in his diocese, Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iniguez said he has asked security guards in cemeteries to check for the celebret of priests who are assigned to conduct blessings…
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