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Church indignation rally today
BY NIDA BUENAFE

With all the pressing problems the country faces today, our public officials should focus on more important things instead of giving prominence to the controversy stirred by Cultural Center of the Philippines’s exhibit of artwork by artist Mideo Cruz, Philippine entertainment industry’s heartthrob, John Lloyd Cruz, said.

As part of the art industry, the young actor said that while he has his own opinion about Mideo Cruz’s exhibit, he would rather keep it to himself.

“I would rather keep my mouth shut as a form of respect to all parties concerned,” John Lloyd said.

The exhibit prompted the Church in Bacolod to hold an indignation rally today at 4 p.m., starting with the praying of the rosary inside the San Sebastian Cathedral.

A para-liturgical service will follow at the Bacolod City Public Plaza with the burning of the horns and tail on a Mideo Cruz’s effigy.

In his homily yesterday at the church of Our Lady of Candles in Capitol Heights in Bacolod City, Fr. Danilo Cenal said the symbolic burning of the horns and tail will depict the public indignation over the exhibit.

“Only the horns and tail will be burned. The picture of Mideo Cruz as a person will be left untouched. The sin should be condemned but not the person,” Cenal said.

All parishes in the Diocese of Bacolod read the pastoral letter of Bishop Vicente Navarra expressing the church’s stand on the issue.

In his letter, the bishop said “to violate the moral order for the sake of exalting the autonomy of art is not only arrogant pride, but the very alienation of art. Moral perversion cannot claim authentic originality.”

Navarra also said that that he, along with the Bacolod clergy, found the exhibit highly offensive and grossly insensitive to the cultural sensibilities of Filipinos, stressing that it does not reflect the Filipino identity and culture.*NAB

 

 

 

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