“Pseudo-Catholic Organization Active in Diocese,” Oakland chancery warns

The following is from the April 16 edition of The Weekly, a publication of the chancery of the Oakland diocese.

It has been brought to the Bishop’s attention that there is a non-Catholic group operating in certain parts of the diocese that sometimes masquerades itself as a Catholic organization. The name of this group is Banal Na Pag-aaral (BNP). It is a movement founded in the Philippines in 1968 which, among other things, teaches that God is to be worshipped as “Mahal na Ingkong.” The BNP teaches that “Mahal na Ingkong” communicates with human beings through Mrs. Salve Carreon, who is the chairperson of the BNP movement. She allows her followers to reverence her with genuflections and other gestures normally reserved to Christ. 

The BNP is propagated through weekend retreats called “Apostolic Mission Classes,” modeled on the Cursillo, but intended to introduce new members both to the teachings of the BNP and to “Mahal na Ingkong.” During these retreats traditional Roman Catholic teaching is mixed with BNP doctrine, sometimes giving retreatants the false impression that the BNP is a Catholic organization.

The group has been investigated and condemned by various members of the hierarchy. Bishop Gerald Barnes of San Bernardino stated, “The BNP movement promotes activities and teachings that are not in conformity with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.” Similar statements and expressions of concern have been issued by Cardinal Sin of the Philippines, Archbishop Quinn of San Francisco, and Bishop Larry Silva of Honolulu.

Catholics should be warned that BNP is not a Catholic organization and that their teachings are incompatible with Catholic doctrine.



Posted Friday, April 20, 2012 12:22 AM By Clinton 
Catholics should also be warned that Most Holy Redeemer is not a Catholic parish and that their actions and teachings are incompatible with Catholic doctrine.

Posted Friday, April 20, 2012 5:21 AM By Sixupman
By the headline I feared it might be SSPX! Just joking.

Posted Friday, April 20, 2012 6:07 AM By JMJ
Sounds as though the chairman of BNP, Mrs. Carrcon attended a ‘catholic’ university and graduated with high honors. Too bad that she didn’t learn what God says about receiving honor that belongs only to Him. She is walking on a very dangerous road straight into hell and if she was a Catholic, her suffering will be extremely horrible for all of eternity. Please let us pray for her conversion and salvation. +JMJ+

Posted Friday, April 20, 2012 6:37 AM By JLS
As I got further into the article, I began to realize it was not about the Diocese.

Posted Friday, April 20, 2012 6:39 AM By JLS
… and flabberghasted to find out that it was also not about the USCCB, or MHR in Oakland.

Posted Friday, April 20, 2012 6:43 AM By Dan 
If Catholics were well-educated in their faith, they would see through this silly woman in a flash, her ultimate end as an anti-Christ, and pray like crazy for her soul; they would hardly need to be warned. That such weeds sprout so easily in the Church’s garden says as much about the church in that area as about this foolish woman.

Posted Friday, April 20, 2012 8:28 AM By Larry
There are other organizations out there masquerading as Catholic, which the faithful need to beware of. One of them in particular calls itself “The Society of Jesus,” and its members, who are nonetheless validly-ordained priests, are commonly referred to as “Jesuits.” They often run high schools and colleges, where they teach a misleading blend of Catholic and zeitgeist doctrine. Parents are warned against sending their children to such institutes of higher learning in the mistaken belief that they are Catholic.

Posted Friday, April 20, 2012 9:13 AM By Laurette Elsberry
I am reading this at 9:05 am. The comments up through 8:28 am are most enlightening in that one can see that CalCatholic readers are certainly savvy about the other kinds of false teachers that abound in relation to the Catholic Church. Larry (9:28) is right on target as was JLS at 6:39 am. Very perceptive. Beware of false prophets…… (Mat.7:15)

Posted Friday, April 20, 2012 9:45 AM By Anthony
Wow, Larry! That is very interesting. I had a neighbor, not Catholic, who sent their boy to St. Ignatius High. He told me that the religion teacher taught her students that God did not exist. Apparently her reasoning was that she wanted the students to be able to defend their faith. To get a good grade, some of the students agreed with her. It turned out to be a lesson on how to become Judases to succeed and/or how to get along without conflict.

Posted Friday, April 20, 2012 10:14 AM By Abeca Christian
Clinton I agree, why are they not denouncing Most Holy Redeemer? What is wrong with our church leaders! While it seems obvious that this group is not Catholic why are they not excommunicating Most Holy Redeemer! Well as a Baptized devout Catholic, I want to inform folks that Most Holy Redeemer may bare the name Catholic, but we must be warned that it has many activities that are not Catholic and the lay faithful must beware before entering or nearing such a place!

Posted Friday, April 20, 2012 10:24 AM By Peggy
To go one step further on Dan’s comment, “if Catholics were well educated in their faith”…they would see through the hypocrisy of the SF Archdiocesan sponsored “Forward in Faith”.

Posted Friday, April 20, 2012 10:54 AM By Bud 
Larry is so correct! While us “dumb weakly indoctrinated Catholics” read about what appears to be similar to so many catholic mixed with local religions native to other places, we still are not provided any logic or reason wlhy we never get an explanation for the Jesuits et., al. who so easily ignore the faith with their arrogant pronouncements while scandalizing our children in universities with their horrible example.