Caloocan bishop says gays welcome to join Santacruzan, but only if they "repent and change"; Other bishops want them banned
InterAksyon.com reports that some bishops were asked if gays were permitted to join the Santacruzan festivities. Three bishops had different answers.
InterAksyon.com reports that some bishops were asked if gays were permitted to join the Santacruzan festivities. Three bishops had different answers. The report noted: "Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iniguez-also of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs-welcomes gays’ participation, but only if it is a way for them to ’repent and change.’" Iniguez said, "Gayunman, kung malaking palabas lamang ang pagsali ng third sex sa sagala, ito'y hindi nararapat dahil ang Santacruzan ay hindi fashion show kung hindi isang sagradong pagdiriwang ng Simbahang Katoliko (However, if gays joining the parade is all for show, this is not appropriate because the Santacruzan is not a fashion show, but a sacred celebration of the Catholic Church)."
The report explained: "Flores de Mayo, literally May Flowers, is an annual feast in the Philippines held in honor of the Virgin Mary, while Santacruzan-the highlight of the Flores de Mayo-is a procession of women representing the various characters from the search by Queen Helen and her son Constantine of the cross where Christ was crucified.
The report then went on to reveal that "Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani, wants gays banned from joining the parades" while Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz cautioned "against making the sacred tradition the butt of people’s jokes."
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