Filipino Bishops tell Catholics not to crucify themselves during Holy Week
The Church in the Philippines is appealing to the faithful not to crucify themselves during Holy Week.
It says it doesn't support the Lent ritual of people nailing themselves to a cross.
Many Filipino people whip themselves with blades. Some are nailed to crosses to repent for their sins.
Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) secretary-general Monsignor Hernando Coronel said: "We are in fact discouraging those practices. They are a misrepresentation of our Catholic faith."
According to the Philippine Star, he told the Catholic station Radio Veritas the ritual, meant to commemorate the suffering and death of Christ, has become a tourist attraction and not a genuine act of penance.
"Tourists normally flock to places where people have themselves crucified during Holy Week," he said.
Monsignor Coronel advises those who want to repent for their sins to go to a priest and confess.
Crucifixion in the Philippines (Travel Notes)
26 Mar 2002