Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Penitents in Philippines plan to crucify themselves despite bishops' pleas

Catholic World News - April 03, 2012

Although the Catholic bishops of the Philippines actively discourage the practice, at least 20 zealots plan to crucify themselves on Good Friday, in an annual display that draws hundreds of observers to the province of Pampanga.

The self-crucifixions are performed by people as an atonement for their sins, in most cases after the penitents have taken a vow to perform the public penance. Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu, the president of the Filipino bishops’ conference, said: “While we are trying to discourage these practices we cannot also judge their intention, especially those who have made it as their vow.”

Archbishop Palma said that Catholics should seek to improve their prayer lives rather than engage in such spectacular displays of public penance.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($27,932 to go):
$150,000.00 $122,067.96
19% 81%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Apr. 03, 2012 5:58 PM ET USA

    Excuse me, but a person can't crucify himself. He might be a willing participant while someone else -- or several people -- do the honors (no pun intended), but it is not impossible for a person who do it to himself.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Complexity of Reforming Religious Communities 0 hours ago
Speaking Softly to Women Religious 22 hours ago
In showdown with American sisters, the Vatican blinked 24 hours ago
Policing, torture, reasons of State, and our Christian mistake 24 hours ago
Can torture ever be justified? Round II. December 15

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16