Monday, April 09, 2007
Tourist Attraction or True Penance?
Talk about penance! In the Philippines, seven Catholic believers were actually nailed to crosses on Good Friday -- in honor of the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made. They actually used four inch nails that had been soaked in alcohol, after they carried their crosses on their backs for nearly a mile to their place of crucifixion.
Tourists flock to the site to see this annual event. They have a huge audience, with a stage at the mound where the crucifixions take place, but religious leaders are opposed to the spectacle. Some of the men have taken part in this ritual up to twenty one times. Others flog themselves with bamboo sticks to do acts of penance for the Lenten season.
Makes my Lenten penance seem pretty soft...