Vatican warns Catholics against schismatic group

April 9, 2012

The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith sounded a warning against four excommunicated priests who continue to claim they represent the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Despite encouragement and hopes the excommunicated clerics would reconcile with the Ukrainian Catholic Church and the Holy See, recent events and their continued slander demonstrate the leaders are only creating "confusion and havoc in the community of faithful," the congregation said.

It made its comments in a written declaration released March 29.

The men, Fathers Elias Dohnal, Markian Hitiuk, Metodej Spirik and Robert Oberhauser, were expelled from the Basilian Fathers.

They were excommunicated in 2008 after being found guilty of illegitimate usurpation of authority, inciting sedition and hatred toward people in the Church hierarchy, provoking disobedience, and seriously damaging a person's good name through calumny, the Vatican said.