Pope, Bolivian bishops discuss rise of 'parallel' churches
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis urged the bishops of Bolivia to faithfully guide their flocks as breakaway groups comprised of former priests and seminarians are gaining ground in the country.
“They are schismatic groups that have arisen within the church and are not in communion with the Pope or the bishops. Clearly, it is a challenge. The Pope reiterated that it is a problem we must confront,” Archbishop Oscar Aparicio Cespedes of Cochabamba told Catholic News Service.
Archbishop Aparicio, vice president of the Bolivian bishops’ conference, said the 31 bishops making their “ad limina” visits to the Vatican spent more than two