.- The rector of the Cathedral of LeÃ³n, Father Jose Salome Lemus, warned this week that no religious institution has the right to profit by demanding donation quotas and taking advantage of peopleâs good will. Speaking to local reporters, Father Salome said, âAny group which professes a faithâ¦must not take advantageâ of the needs and circumstances of the people. He was alluding to the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, a sect from Brazil that has now established a presence in Mexico.
Local media reports that the sect, known for its slogan âStop Suffering,â demands its followers make âsacrificesâ of more than $100 for the âGreat Campaign of Israel,â a crusade in which members offer their prayer intentions to overcome their illnesses.
Father Salome said that while âeveryone is saddened by the problem of illnessâ and other problems people suffer, âit is not ethically or morally correctâ that certain groups take advantage of people and demand money, âputting religion in the middle.â
He explained that if a person wishes to thank God for His kindness through tithing, he should do so by âhelping the sick and those in need.â âIt doesnât always have to be an offering of money,â he said, but if a believer wishes to give, it should be âaccording to his means,â and not according to somebodyâs minimum amount.
Lastly, he said the authenticity of this âchurchâ was in doubt, because âits founders do not act like Christians very much, and I can say that they do not act like Catholics at all.â