Friday, April 22, 2011

Four Inch Nails

And I thought American Christians sometimes took their "faithful" exhibitionism a little too far with their staged crucifixions and fake whippings at the hands of people dressed like Romans. Some Catholics in the Philippines, however, have taken to actually nailing themselves to crosses.

I don't want to talk smack about someone's religious beliefs, but doesn't that seem a little...much?

Church leaders in the Philippines, Asia's largest predominantly Roman Catholic nation, have frowned on the Easter week rituals, saying Filipinos can show their deep faith without hurting themselves.

Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, based in Iloilo Province, said the crucifixions and self-flagellations are an "imperfect imitation with doubtful theological and social significance," adding that only Jesus Christ's death saved mankind.


Jesus was a carpenter, too, fellas. Couldn't y'all find a better use for nails and wood in the Philippines? I'm sure there are some children somewhere who are homeless.

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1 comment:

patsbrother said...

Unlike you, I will talk smack about someone else's religious beliefs.

That's right, kids: Emo Jesus suffered on the cross so that you could self-mutilate too! What a sacrifice.

P.S. Snake-handling is for strippers.