Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao excommunicated Xavier Ubra de Borja for disguising as a priest of the Traditional Latin Mass
June 18, 2010 4 Comments
MANILA, June 18, 2010— A “fake priest” was formally excommunicated after serving at the Diocese of Cubao for over a year.
The excommunication of Xavier Eubra de Borja was issued last May 30 but made public this week.
According to Cubao chancellor Fr. Fredrick Edward Simon, Bishop Honesto Ongtioco said the decision came because de Borja “disguised” as a priest.
De Borja was a homegrown resident of St. Ignatius village and was a parishioner of Christ the King Parish at Greenmeadows where he served as altar boy during his school days.
He allegedly left the country and entered a seminary in Russia and went back for vacation in 2009 identifying himself as “ordained priest” and went around the parish in black cassock.
The man had clerical robes and documents that he is a member of the Canons Regular of St. Augustine based in France.
Sources said de Borja’s family being parishioners and upon the recommendation of several parishioners, he was accepted as “guest priest” while on vacation prior to his “return to his current assignment in Russia.”
A check, however, with Vladivostok-based Mary Mother of God Mission Society website revealed no Filipino priest has ever been assigned there.
It was learned he celebrated the Eucharist, heard confessions and conducted retreats and recollections.
He reportedly attracted parishioners with his celebration of the Mass described as “reminiscent of all the reverence and strict compliance with the movements and rituals whenever traditional Latin Masses are celebrated.
The fake priest was also reported to have delivered good homily during Mass and knows how to say the Holy Mass in Latin and Traditional (Tridentine) Latin Mass.
It was also learned he heard confessions and accepted invitations to conduct retreats and recollections for various parish-based organizations.
Being excommunicated, De Borja is now banned from participating in Mass, Communion or other religious ceremonies even as a participant.
Source: CBCP News