CDO archbishop warns public against ‘religious group’ soliciting money

February 23, 2022 - 3:26 PM
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This undated photo shows the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro (Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro/Facebook)

The southern Philippine archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro warned against a supposed “Catholic” group soliciting funds from the public.

Archbishop Jose Cabantan clarified that the “Order of Apostolican Missionaries” is not in any way connected with the Roman Catholic Church.

A copy of the solicitation letter from the “Order of Apostolican Missionaries”. (Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro via CBCP)

“It may have carried the name ‘catholic’ but it is not connected with us,” Cabantan wrote in a circular dated Feb. 14, 2022.

Reports reaching the archdiocese revealed that the group has been roaming around the city asking donations for their supposed evangelization works and outreach programs.

The “religious community” claims to have a mission house in the city of Malaybalay and a formation house in Cagayan de Oro.

But according to the archbishop, the group is not known to the Malaybalay diocese and “does not exist” in the country’s Catholic directory.

“I cautioned all the faithful to please exercise extra vigilance against this bogus group,” Cabantan said. “Please report similar incidents to our chancery office.”