This was even posted in the Diocese's Multiply Page.
CATHOLIC Church officials have warned the public against a certain individual introducing himself as priest, particularly in the Diocese of Parañaque.
Msgr. Benedicto Aquino, Parañaque diocese’s vice-chancellor, said a certain “Fr. Noel Ormenita” celebrated Mass in a condominium within San Isidro Labrador Parish in the name of the church.
“Noel Ormenita is not a Roman Catholic priest and has no faculties to exercise the priestly ministry in the Diocese of Parañaque and everywhere else for that matter,” said Aquino.
In his communiqué, the church official also relayed another warning from the Diocese of Cabanatuan about the suspension order it imposed on Fr. Eliezer Navarro.
Navarro was previously assigned as “priest-on-loan” to the Diocese of Cubao and was suspended “indefinitely” by Cabanatuan Bishop Sofronio Bancud.
Navarro, therefore, has no faculties to exercise his priestly ministry in any diocese. [He might be a validly ordained priest but he has no permission to dispense graces through the sacraments from the shepherd of souls of the diocese, the bishop. Ergo, he is doing something illegal and immoral, or in canon law terms, ILLICIT. And when you commit something illegal and immoral, you are committing a sin.]
“Fr. Navarro and Mr. Ormenita are prohibited from celebrating Mass and/or performing priestly functions in any school, chapel, funeral home, or private houses within the Diocese of Parañaque,” said Aquino. [Right on! Ormenita is a fraud! He should be called for who he really is!]
“In case of doubt about the status of priests from other dioceses, please demand a celebret,” he added.
A “celebret” is a testimonial given to a priest when traveling that he is in good standing, with the accompanying request that he be permitted to say Mass.
The faithful should be educated what a celebret is and why it is important to ask one from a priest who claims to be a Roman Catholic priest.
But when in doubt, go to your parish church office or call the diocesan chancery. Tell them the name of the priest and they can identify if the priest is a priest of the Roman Catholic Church.
BUT! A celebret will confirm if that priest is in good standing with his bishop and/or with the Church.
A celebret is IMPORTANT!
BUT! There are other churches who claim to be Catholic, who issue celebrets to their "priests", like this FAKE one, because he is NOT A ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST.
Just to be sure DO BOTH: Ask for a copy of the celebret and call your Diocesan Chancery for confirmation.
And if that "priest" says that he is on travel to ask for donations for his "mission" or "project", that is the alarm bell ringing madly.