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Posted on 03/19/2008 1:25:26 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
Many people in the Philippines consider crucifixion and self flagellation good for the soul, but it is bad for your health according to new government advice for penitents.
This Holy Week, the thousands of guilt stricken or pious worshippers who will flay the skin off their backs, and the handful who will crucify themselves, are encouraged to get a tetanus shot first and be sure to use a clean whip or nails.
The Catholic church frowns upon the crucifixions
"We are not trying to go against the Lenten tradition here because whipping has somewhat already become some form of atonement for sins for some of us, Health Secretary Francisco Duque the 3rd said.
"Getting deep cut wounds during whippings or lashings is inevitable and being so exposed during the course of the penitence, with all the heat and dust blowing in the wind, welcomes all sorts of infections and bacteria like tetanus, he explained.
Re-enactments of the Passion of Christ are common in many parts of the mostly Roman Catholic Philippines but frowned upon by the church authorities.
In San Fernando City 23 people, including two women, have signed up to re-enact the crucifixion at three improvised Golgothas around town. Four of them will use real nails.
The city governments website trumpets the preparations.
The City Health Office (CHO) autoclaved all the nails to be used and will administer anti-tetanus vaccine to all the Cristos to ensure their protection from possible infection, it points out. City officials will conduct an inspection of the Golgothas on Thursday.
Some 23 people, including two women, plan to reenact the crucifixion
The festival is sponsored by Coca-cola and a company called Smart Telecommunications.
In a break from the original tradition, penitents are encouraged to bring enough drinking water for the whole course of the pilgrimage to avoid dehydration, rather than buy bottled drinking water from unfamiliar sources.
There is also government advice for the many tourists and spectators who attend the events.
"It is also better to bring self-prepared foods such as sandwiches, not only to save money, but also to avoid getting diseases such as diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid after eating food bought from street vendors, the health secretary suggested.
I just can’t comprehend religious fanatics, regardless of their faith. This just doesn’t make sense.
The British press detests Catholics with a burning passion that borders on depraved lunacy. For example, Mother Theresa is portrayed as a Mafia-style organized criminal... and Alex Murphy is always around, tirelessly spreading any MSM press articles that embarrass Catholics.
Keep in mind that the flaggelation described in the artice is bizarrely rare (several dozen practictioners in a nation of tens of millions), and actively discouraged by the Catholic Church.
Are they wrong in what they are doing? What if they died, would they be martyrs or just suicides?
Thank God for the government! Otherwise I would have no idea that being flogged and nailed to a cross is bad for my health.