.- In a press release the Diocese of Venezuela of the Anglican Church said this week it âhas no tiesâ to the so-called âReformed Catholic Church,â a group of dissidents who support the government of Hugo Chavez.
âWe want to make it clear, in the name of the Worldwide Anglican Communion, that Leonardo Marin Saavedra, the self-proclaimed archbishop of the âLatin American Anglican Church,â is not recognized as such. Therefore, he is not Anglican. To be Anglican is to be in canonical communion with the Primary See of Canterbury.
âWe regret that this confusion completely beyond our control has moved into our country through the recent creation of the âReformed Catholic Church of Venezuelaâ,â the press release states.
For his part, Cardinal Jorge Urosa of Caracas told Union Radio that the new religious sect is completely âincoherent.â âIt is a church made up of dissidents who want to become big players of a schismatic religious movement,â he said, adding that it has no unity of purpose and is causing disturbance to âthe religious and ecclesial order.â
Cardinal Urosa reminded Catholics they cannot exchange Jesus Christ âfor one of the gentlemen pretending to usurp the name âcatholic churchâ in order to present themselves as the true followers and pastors.â
âThe Church of Jesus Christ is not a church that seeks power, but rather service and the preaching of love, and not opposition to a specific government,â he said