Catholic organization wants to ban Carlos Celdran from Intramuros churches
The Knights of Columbus Council No. 1000, a "Catholic, family, fraternal and service organization," will ask Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales to ban Carlos Celdran from churches in Intramuros, reports 24 Oras. The news comes following the artist-activist-tour-guide’s much publicized protest against the anti-Reproductive Health Bill stance of the Catholic Church during an ecumenical mass in the Manila Cathedral on September 30. Rey Lacanilao, a member of Knights of Columbus, told 24 Oras, "Misa ’yong binastos niya. Panginoon ang binastos niya. (Celdran disrespected the mass and God)."
Julie del Villar, a lector-commentator of the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, told 24 Oras that Celdran could have protested outside the Manila Cathedral. According to the 24 Oras report, over 200 priests from around 85 parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila have condemned Celdran’s protest.
Celdran told 24 Oras, "I can’t blame them for being angry but at the same time, I cannot back off from the message that needs to be told." In an interview with Unang Hirit, Celdran said, "I don’t think the Intramuros administration will ban me because the Catholic Church has had no control over Intramuros since the turn of the 20th century, I think. And I don’t think (Intramuros Administrator Jose) Capistrano would be willing to (ban me)."
Saying he has heard some "low blows done in the pulpit" regarding his protest, Celdran said he will "try to practice the Catholic trait of turning the other cheek." He told Unang Hirit that he received a death threat sent through SMS on October 3. "It was medyo tanga (kind of stupid). Why send me a death threat that I can trace through Smart?"