.- Archbishop Roberto LÃ¼ckert, vice president of the Venezuelan Bishopsâ Conference, told a local radio station this week that the recently created âReformed Catholic Churchâ which says it supports President Hugo Chavez is backed by the government.
The self-proclaimed âReformed Catholic Churchâ has not generated much interest among Venezuelans, but according to Archbishop LÃ¼ckert, thanks to the support of the government, it already has opened four places of worship in the country.
The archbishop pointed out that the church was founded be a former Catholic priest, a Lutheran minister and an Anglican minister, âand that the government pays priests to attend their events, including hotel and airfare.â
âRejection (of the new denomination) has not only come from the Catholic Church, but the Lutheran and Anglican Communions have also expressed their disapproval of this church,â the archbishop said.
He also pointed to TV stations that have been required to air ads promoting the new church as proof of the governmentâs support for the new sect.
âThis church only aims to use the name âCatholicâ to confuse the weakest of the faithful. They are against the unity of the Catholic Church and are therefore outside it,â Archbishop LÃ¼ckert warned.