Gays Can Act in Passion Plays, Say Philippine Bishops

Gays Can Act in Passion Plays, Say Philippine Bishops

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MANILA, Phils.— Gay men and women are not barred from joining Holy Week activities of the Catholic Church, such as the traditional “senakulo” or passion play, according to an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. Inquirer.net reports that CBCP spokesperson Monsignor Pedro Quitorio said the group maintained no strict rules on excluding gays from Catholic traditions, acknowledging that church officials held divergent views on the matter.

Quitorio said the issue of whether gays should be allowed to portray Biblical characters in street plays reenacting the Passion of Christ, or to parade in the annual Santacruzan, another Filipino tradition, was up to parish priests to resolve. Quitorio stressed to Philippine reporters that what was important was that Catholic rituals were respected and not mocked or ridiculed.