Exorcist priest leads ritual outside CCP to make up for "sinful" exhibit; Manila Cardinal declares Aug. 26 as "Day of Penance"
(SPOT.ph) Exorcist priest Fr. Michelle Joe Zerrudo conducted a ritual outside the Cultural Center of the Philippines to ask God to forgive those who "dishonored the image of Christ," reports GMA News. The CCP displayed the controversial "Kulo" exhibit before it was shut down on August 8. Zerrudo held a Tridentine Latin Mass at CITEM, Pasay City, before leading 200 lay people to a procession around CCP. The group prayed and carried religious images as they walked.
Zerrudo clarified that the gesture was not an exorcism but "an act of love for God to make up for the lack of love." He added, this is not a political rally but simply a religious event." To further atone for the "sinful" art exhibit, Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales also declared August 26 as a "Day of Penance," reports CBCP News. Rosales is encouraging the faithful to perform a type of sacrifice on the date such as fasting or other forms of mortification, "as an expression of remorse for the sins committed against God's majesty."
Meanwhile, artist Mideo Cruz, responsible for the Poleteismo segment of "Kulo," was noticeably absent during the Senate probe that began this morning. According to the Senate secretary, Cruz stopped responding to e-mails or phone calls on August 10, reports ABS-CBN News. Sen. Edgardo Angara said he will issue Cruz a subpoena if he fails to show up by noon today.
Priest conducts "rites of atonement" outside the Cultural Center of the Philippines.