Saturday, July 19, 2008

Holy Study (Banal na Pagaaral)

Some people came to me for courtesy concerning their group and their activities. They have been here before for sometime before i came as their parish priest but has stopped coming here and moved to a new venue. They call themselves as "Banal na Pag-aaral", Holy Study. I do not know if that is the right translation in English for the said group. They are asking to be recognized as another group of the parish seeking holiness through the study of the Bible and through the eucharistic devotion. So, since the more, the merrier. As long as they comply with the policy of the parish, I see no objection about recognizing them.

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  1. Anonymous1:39 PM

    Just so you know, BNP has been banned by Bishop Barnes of the Diocese of San Bernardino here in Southern California. Here is a link to the copy of the letter:

    I have heard that, although they have what seem to be Catholic priests celebrating mass, these are actually men who have left the priesthood/made to leave for one reason or another. Ate Salvi, the founder of BNP performs "miracles" such as levitation and takes the focus away from Christ. And although they do many things similar to the Catholic Church, such as mass and cursillo retreats, they are ultimately not recognized by our Diocese and many other dioceses.

    Here are other links that further discusses the controversy:

  2. Dear Sir/Madam,

    Since you posted your comment in an anonymous, I do not know how to address you properly. It should be more appropriate if you have shown you your name. However, I decided to post your comment for a more clarification of the issue.

    If ever one bishop has banned this group, of which I have no knowledge of for the moment, does not make it necessarily an actual and formal alienation of the group in the catholic church as long as it does not contradict with the teachings of the Catholic Church. if ever a bishop has decided to ban a group, it is his decision and is effective only on his jurisdiction. The Diocese of San Pablo did not issue any such directive.

    As a parish priest, I want to shepherd my flock with the help of the lay evangelizers of which we can have to deepen the faith received in baptism. The BNp like the other existing group can be of great help as long as they do not go against the teaching of the faith in my parish. Any group can be banned. For the moment I did not see any reason to do so.


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