MANILA – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) warned its members, as well as religious communities against people and groups claiming to be close to the Vatican, specifically to Pope Francis.
In Circular 20-41 dated May 22 but was released on Tuesday, CBCP secretary general Fr. Marvin Mejia said the Apostolic Nunciature in the Philippines has warned local church officials against a certain Cristian Eduardo Tietze.
“Monsignor Julien Kabore, charge d’affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature in the Philippines, in a letter to (Archbishop) Romulo G. Valles, requested the CBCP president to warn the archdioceses and religious communities about a so-called Mr. Cristian Eduardo Tietze, who is presenting himself as president of the Peace for Life Foundation,” Mejia said.
The CBCP also urged prelates to exercise prudence in dealing with such people.
“The Secretariat of a state, having learned about this questionable person, encourages all conferences to use maximum prudence in dealing with persons and groups when mention is made of the Pope and other Curia officials,” he added.
The circular was addressed to all bishops and diocesan administrators. (ia/PNA)