Monday, August 15, 2011

Exorcist leads reparation rite outside CCP


An exorcist led a ritual to ask for God’s forgiveness outside the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) where the controversial "Kulo" exhibit was held.

One of the artworks included in the exhibit was artist Mideo Cruz's mixed-media "Poleteismo" which was criticized as "blasphemous" as it showed, among others, a crucifix draped with a pink, stretched-out condom, and various religious images placed alongside pictures of women modeling for underwear.

The CCP on August 9 closed down the main gallery where the Kulo art exhibit was on display. In a statement, the CCP said threats to persons and property influenced the management's decision to close down the gallery.

According to a report on the website of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the ritual or reparation rite on Sunday sought God's forgiveness " those who “dishonored the image of Christ."

In the report, exorcist Father Michelle Joe Zerrudo, said the ritual of reparation was "an act of love for God to make up for the lack of love. This is not a political rally but simply a religious event."

“Regardless of what has been done, we would like to tell the Lord that we would like to do reparation for whatever has been done against Him… this is a public manifestation," Zerrudo was quoted as saying.

Before the reparation rite, Zerrudo led some 200 lay people in a Tridentine Latin Mass at the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) in Pasay City, the CBCP said.

After the Mass, they held a procession around the CCP, carrying religious images as they prayed.

The participants included nuns, seminarians, and lay organizations, the CBCP said.

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