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Sudanese bishop issues warning about pseudo-Catholic sect

July 24, 2009

A Sudanese bishop has warned the faithful not to be misled by the recruitment tactics of a sect that calls itself the Reformed Catholic Church. In a pastoral letter, Bishop Cesare Mazzolari of Rumbek said that Catholics must be wary of "false teachers and misguiding church leaders, who will try to "misguide you to become bitter with your church as they are bitter, and to disobey the laws of the church, which they already do, and to lose you precious gift of faith.” The Reformed Catholic Church describes itself as an "open affirming progressive community, alternative to the rigid structure and doctrines of the Roman church." While claiming to maintain apostolic succession, the sect rejects Catholic teaching on issues that include the inherent immorality of abortion and contraception, the need for individual confession, the impossibility of ordination for women, and the necessity of the Catholic Church for salvation.

 


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