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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Well at least he seemed to be in full communion with Rome

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Erwin Mena, 59, celebrated masses, funerals, marriages and heard confessions around California since first posing as a priest in the mid-1990s Erwin Mena, 59, celebrated masses, funerals, marriages and heard confessions around California since first posing as a priest in the mid-1990s
This just in from the Daily Mail: "A fraudster who posed as a priest for decades has been arrested on suspicion of selling fake tickets for the visit of Pope Francis. Erwin Mena, 59, celebrated masses, funerals, marriages and heard confessions around California since first posing as a priest in the mid-1990s.

"For the best part of two decades, Mena  appeared at parishes or prayer groups in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Stockton, Fresno and Orange counties... He showed up at St. Mary parish in Fontana more than five years ago and celebrated mass on a few occasions,  a spokesman for the Diocese of San Bernardino said."

REMNANT COMMENT: You don't say!  I wonder what would happen if a SSPX priest in cassock were to turn up at St. Mary parish in Fontana and announce that he'd be saying the Mass and hearing a few confessions this afternoon.  No problem, right? Yeah, right! 

I guess this nutter appeared to be in full communion with Rome -- so whatevs. 

Not a lot of oversight going on in the Novus Ordo these days. So long as you're not a traditionalist you can pretty much do whatever the heck you want.



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