Philippines bishops yesterday warned penitents not to attempt crucifixion or self-flagellation during the observance of Good Friday, reports Ucanews.
Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, President of the Philippines Bishops' Conference, said that instead of subjecting themselves to 'extreme forms' of sacrifice, Catholics should instead show more 'love for others. The question is, if you nail yourself on the cross, will it increase your love for your neighbour?' the prelate said.
'If what you do makes you love others more, then it is pleasing to God. But if you do it for photographs, for you to be famous, then that becomes spiritual vanity,' he said.
Church leaders instead invited Catholics to observe the traditional Visita Iglesia or church visits, by offering prayers in Manila's old churches.
The Health Department supported the bishops' call for penitents to stop scourging themselves.
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