CHN/CN/2019/018

The Chancery has recently received reports that a man known as Benediktus Yakobus Ratuwalu, also known as ‘Benito’ or ‘Beny Ratuwalu’. Ratuwalu has been soliciting donations for impoverished children here in Singapore, claiming to be operating as a priest under the Missionary Society of the Divine Word (SVD). However, Ratuwalu’s activities in the Archdiocese of Singapore were not authorized and further investigation has shown that he cannot be considered as a priest in good standing at this time.

The faithful are advised not to contribute to or support in any way these fundraising activities, due to the uncertain nature of Ratuwalu ‘s canonical status and the lack of accountability he has shown in this initiative.

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