- CBCP has warned anew against a “fake priest” in the diocese of Cubao
- A certain Mark Robinson Buñag has been posing as a Catholic bishop and asking donations
- Buñag introduces himself as a member of the “Catholic Church of the East”
- In 2015, he was caught celebrating mass in Pampanga
MANILA, Philippines – The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) once again warned the public against a certain Mark Robinson Buñag who is reportedly posing as a Catholic bishop and celebrating masses in the communities under the diocese of Cubao.
The CBCP clarified that Buñag is not a Catholic priest and is not listed in the latest Catholic Directory of the Philippines, but rather claiming to be a member of a group called “Catholic Church of the East”.
Buñag has been reportedly distributing envelopes asking for donations from the faithful.
“After diligent research and verification, it was established that he does not belong to the Roman Catholic Church,” said Fr. Frederick Edward Simon, chancellor of the Cubao diocese, in a statement to CBCP News.
This is not the first time the CBCP warned against activities of alleged “fake priests and pastors” like Buñag.
In 2015, then CBCP president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas issued the same warning against Buñag, a certain Right Rev. Eduardo Roxas, a “Fr. Michael Caadan” from Timor Leste and one “Fr. Crisanto Bantigue”; all of whom were identified as phony or self-proclaimed priests.
Buñag was once caught celebrating mass in Pampanga. He has been reportedly celebrating masses in Metro Manila and Cavite area without the ‘celebret’, an important document issued by the Church certifying that the bearer is a legitimate Catholic priest.
In a blog by a certain Bishop Mark Robinson K. Bunag, he introduced himself as “the Prelature of St. Thomas the Apostle in the holy Apostolic Catholic Church of the East in the Philippines”.
He further claimed to have been ordained and consecrated as bishop last July 25, 2015 “in the valid historical and apostolic succession”.