No crucifixions please–prelate

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Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma. Photo from http://www.cbcponline.net/

MANILA, Philippines—Don’t have yourselves crucified.

The head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Tuesday urged devout Filipinos not to have themselves nailed to a cross, not unlike Jesus Christ, during Holy Week.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, CBCP president, called on believers to focus instead on their inner conversion and the religious activities in their parishes rather than flogging themselves or having themselves crucified.

He said the Church wanted the faithful to instill in their hearts during Holy Week the need for a “real conversion to God” and his saving grace.

“While we know that it shouldn’t be through those means (crucifixion and flagellation), still we hope (that) little by little, that we go in the real spirit, our return to God and our commemoration of God’s redemption of mankind,” Palma said over Church-run Radio Veritas.

He said Holy Week should be a time of prayer, abstinence and reflection for the millions of Catholic Filipinos.

“We know that we have been practicing this in principle for a long time [but] I hope that we could emphasize more the spirit of prayer. It’s true that in celebrating Holy Week we should concentrate more on prayers,” Palma said.

“Beginning Holy Thursday with the washing of the feet and the Visita Iglesia, these are the wonderful ways of celebrating the Holy Week,” he said.

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  • cato_the_younger

    As these things go, the guy you see flagellating themselves or battling the crush in some religious feast (e.g. the Black Nazarene) would be the same guy beating his wife, drinking at the canto, and gambling away the rest of the year. The “religiosity” of the Filipinos and their leaders does not square off with the realities of Philippine daily life – the corruption, the mayhem in the streets, the social inequalities, and all other social pathologies that plague the country, it appears that the outward appearance of faith is just that – outward appearance. Filipinos need to focus on the inward aspect of faith – one that affects the heart and character. A blessed semana santa to all.

    • Jane Tan

      Because these people believe that this day will serve as their penance, absolving their sins after they flog themselves or whatever it is they do as punishment to their bodies.

  • farmerpo

    I am from Pampanga where ‘crucifixions’ are common. Every year, in San Fernando, a man gets nailed to the cross. It started as a self penance but the media caught on it and sensationalized it.

    Now, for Php5000 any Juan Tonyo or Pedro with enough guts will do it. Not that unpaid crucifixion is right, it is totally wrong, but now it is all economics. It is good or bad, right or wrong depends on where you are looking from.

  • kismaytami

    Di kasi napapakinabangan ng cbcp ang mga crucifixions na ito. Tingnan nyo yung Pagcor, kahit pa gambling eh tikom ang bibig ng mga bishop damaso. Nagka-SUV kasi sila eh.

  • Vertumnus

    While some consider this act devotion to Christ suffering, it is a horrifying act to the rest of the Christian communities around the world. Do they think Jesus would approve of such a thing? It doesn’t matter what religion you practice, there must be a sense of sanity before doing certain rituals. In ancient days, crucifixion is reserve for the worst criminals and a form of torture and capital punishment. Jesus did not choose to be crucified, why then would people choose to have themselves nailed to a cross? Religious fanaticism should not be regarded as the ultimate devotion to the will of God!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

      Literal kasi ang interpretation ng salvation..kaya yun sabi ng panginoon, follow me, yun nag papako din.

      • Vertumnus

        Jesus said to follow him to reach the kingdom of heaven not follow what the Roman’s did to him.

        Matt. 16:24 “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

        That is, let him surrender to God his will, his affections, his body, and his soul. Let him not seek his own happiness as the supreme object, but be willing to renounce all.

        See, take up his cross does not mean get nailed to the cross.

  • Jarred Pulido

    After years past this is being done ngayon lang nag salita. sad.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

    e father yung mga bakla naman na ginawang fashion show ang santa cruzan?
    ay sa Mayo pa pala yan.

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