Monday, July 18, 2011

How to Spot a Fake Catholic Church

Hello, Coffee Talkers!

Yikes! I just heard it announced that another pretending-to-be-Catholic-but-not-in-communion-with-Rome-so-they're-really-Protestants church has sprung up across town. That makes two in our area now. And then I read more about the illegitimate bishop ordination in China.

It made me realize a couple important things:

1. It's never a good idea to have yourself ordained a bishop.
2. People need to know a simple way to spot impostor 'Catholic' churches.

There are many ways, I'm sure, to figure out that the church you're visiting/attending is not actually a Catholic Church. But the simplest way I know is this: if you're in a real Catholic Church, you'll always find a picture of the Pope somewhere in the building.

If you see a picture of someone else, but no Pope, then you're probably in the wrong place.
Peace and all good,


  1. The Bishop here in Antigonish Nova Scotia was real ...really perverted and is in jail ...too much porn on the laptop ....don't be so quick to judge those "protestant churches" maybe they're protesting some really bad stuff

  2. I agree with Vladhed that the comment from Anonymous is non-sequitur. I prefer that comments not be entirely anonymous, especially when they are of a controversial nature, but I'll let this one go. Anyone who has followed Coffee Talk for any length of time will know that I am not "quick to judge those 'protestant churches'" as you've suggested; many of my friends and readers (and even relatives!) are Protestants. I'm talking here about churches that are *pretending to be Catholic*. This is an entirely different matter. In any case, I'll be sure to devote my next blog post to addressing some of the issued raised in your comment, Anonymous, because even though it is a bit off topic, I suspect that your view is shared by some others. Peace to all!

  3. Yes, I agree we have to be leery of wolves in sheep's clothing! The Apostle Paul says it best

    But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

    Galatians 1:8-9 (KJV)