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Parañaque faithful warned vs. ‘fake’ church pages

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PARAÑAQUE City, July 28, 2015—Let the faithful beware!

Let the faithful beware! The Chancery of the Diocese of Parañaque issues a clarification that Bishop Jesse E. Mercado has nothing to do, officially or personally, with some social media accounts that claim to represent him and his episcopal see. (Photo: Raymond A. Sebastián)

A priest has warned Catholics from the Diocese of Parañaque about certain Facebook pages that appear to operate on behalf of the episcopal see as well as its head pastor, Bishop Jesse E. Mercado, clarifying once and for all that the person or persons behind these social media accounts have no authority to do so, especially since they give information that confuses the public.

Inaccuracies

“We have heard queries about certain (social media) internet accounts claiming to represent the Diocese of Parañaque and our bishop, Most Rev. Jesse E. Mercado, D.D. Such accounts have been posting inaccurate schedule of events and appointments of priests and parish lay leaders which are not validated and directed by the Bishop’s Office nor the Chancery,” declares Fr. Carmelo O. Estores, chancellor of the diocese, in a recent circular.

Likewise, Fr. Jonathan T. Cadiz, posting on the wall of one of the “bogus accounts,” points out, “This is not an official FB diocesan page.”

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Deception

He adds, appealing to netizens affiliated with the Diocese, “Please be guided not to be deceived by false [claims]. I pray that the admin of this page may turn away from the grave sin of deceiving the people of God.”

Realizing the harm which the fake Facebook pages can do, Estores stresses that there are only three official online platforms the Parañaque faithful are advised to receive information from.

Official accounts

These are as follows:

  • Email – chancerydop@yahoo.com and chancerydop@gmail.com
  • Webpage – www.dioceseofparanaque.org (new)
  • Facebook account – Chancery Parañaque

“All other accounts are, therefore, fraudulent. Moreover, our bishop, the Most Rev. Jesse E. Mercado, has no personal Facebook account,” Estores explains.

Direct coordination

Moreover, the priest requests the public to coordinate directly with the Parañaque Chancery for any clarification at (02)-807-16-62 local 4 for any clarification.
Besides Parañaque City proper, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Parañaque also covers the cities of Las Piñas and Muntinlupa.

As of 2013, it has a combined population of 2,534,321, of whom 94% are Catholics. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)


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