MANILA, July 5, 2011â€” An official of the Catholic Diocese of ParaÃ±aque has warned the public against a fake priest who is duping people by soliciting funds.
The diocese identified the impostor as Joseph Sorongon, who introduces himself as Jose Estacio Juntoria and Fr. Vincent Mary, O. Carm.
The warning was issued recently based on a circular to the dioceseâ€™s priests, rectors, chaplains and the faithful by their vice chancellor, Msgr. Benedicto Aquino.
â€œPlease be informed that Mr. Joseph Sorongon is a fraud and imposter and that he has been victimizing unsuspecting parishioners staying in their homes,â€ Aquino said.
The church official said that Sorongon has already been complained about last 2010 year.
The diocese made the warning again after a ParaÃ±aque resident has complained to the Chancery that the said person has defrauded them of a large amount of money.
Aquino also called on the faithful to ask for a â€œcelebretâ€ or certificate of ordination to determine whether the priest they are dealing with is fake or not.
A “celebret” is a testimonial given to a priest when traveling that he is in good standing, with the accompanying request that he be permitted to say Mass. (CBCPNews)