CATHOLIC CHURCH DISCOURAGES CRUCIFIXIONSManila, April 18, 2003 (Bulletin) -- The Catholic Church discourages crucifixion as a way of penance. Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) spokesman Hernando Coronel yesterday explained that the Catholic faithful can show their unity in Christ's death without "hurting" their own body. He suggested that the faithful should instead go to the church, confess their sins and reflect on the passion and death of Christ. A person has to take care of his or her own body because it's the temple of one's soul. If they want to imitate Christ they can do this by turning away from sin and doing good deeds," he said. Bishop Ramon Arguelles, of the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant people (CBCP-ECMI), called the mutilation of the body a pagan practice that has entered into the Christian faith. Today, in the observance of Good Friday, churchgoers are encouraged to go to Manila Basilica (formerly Manila Cathedral) at 12 noon, to hear the Seven Last Words of Jesus to be led by the newly ordained deacons of the Archdiocese of Manila.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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