Fake Catholic priest unmasked in Spain after 18 years
Miguel Angel Ibarra carried out weddings and baptisms, first in Colombia and then in southern Spain, despite having never been ordained.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Colombian man was found to be an impostor after someone complained that he had forged his documents A man who pretended to be a priest for more than 18 years has been dismissed by the Catholic Church in Spain.
Marriages and baptisms carried out by Miguel Angel Ibarra remain valid but confessions are not, a spokeswoman for the diocese of Cadiz and Ceuta said, even though the "grace of God acted" on the parishioners who were deceived.
Mr Ibarra moved to Spain from Colombia in October 2017 and had been in charge of the church in the village of Medina Sidonia, which is home to some 11,000 people, in the southern region of Andalusia.
After carrying out a "thorough investigation", they had concluded that Mr Ibarra had indeed never been ordained, the Spanish diocese said in a statement.
A fake priest was able to hear confessions and perform wedding ceremonies for almost two decades before being unmasked, a Roman Catholic diocese in Spain revealed on Monday.
Fake Catholic Priest Unmasked After 18 Years.
The complainant alleged Mr Ibarra had forged his documents.