Monday, August 22, 2011

What will you be doing on the August 26 "Day of Penance"

So August 26 has been declared by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) as a "Day of Penance". What are we obedient Catholics supposed to be penitent about on that special day? According to Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, we will be required to "kneel before our loving God to pray and seek reparation for this public sin".

The "public" sin Rosales refers to here is Mideo Cruz's work *Poleteismo* which was recently exhibited at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and is described by some Catholics as "blasphemous" in its portrayal of various Catholic icons and artifacts.

Does it mean then that we focus on being sorry for that "sacrilege" alone on that day? Or do we go off and be sorry for other public "sins" that have become banalities in Philippine society as well?

Another one of those things that make you go 'hmmmmmm'...


  1. Does anybody have some good photos of that artwork? Because I'd be happy to post them on that day, just because everything that tumbles out of Rosales' mouth manages to be sad and wrong.

  2. All I see going around are grainy ones -- like they've been taken by a concealed camera or something...


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