I don’t approve of the crucifixions and flagellations, but they have been going on for decades, and perhaps hundreds of years, in the Philippines.
Could you refer us to where the Vatican has condemned the practice? I ask because the bishops in the Philippines don’t seem to condemn it, although they do discourage it.
“The real expression of Christian faith during Lent is through repentance and self- denial.”
Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez stressed this as he discouraged penitents from performing practices such as crucifixion and self-flagellation, and other similar acts during the Holy Week.
“People should avoid self-flagellation. There are many ways of repenting for our sins,” he said over Church-run Radio Veritas.
Another Catholic prelate, Bishop Rolando Tirona, likewise, expressed his disapproval of self-flagellation and crucifixion by Catholic penitents which, he said, “are expressions of superstitious beliefs and are usually done out of the need for money and for tourism purposes which is totally wrong.”
(Bishop Pablo David said) “This is a tourist activity drawing thousands of people yearly but does nothing for the teachings of the Church," David said.
“The archdiocese tolerates the ‘Cutud’ but would rather it not take place. It is folk religiousity but not one we favor at all," he added.