MANILA, Philippines - The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) yesterday expressed opposition to gays joining the Santacruzan and Flores de Mayo.
CBCP Public Affairs Committee executive secretary Fr. Jerome Secillano said the faithful should not turn the Flores de Mayo and Santacruzan into a beauty pageant, a fashion show or any form of entertainment because the activities have religious roots.
Flores de Mayo, or the Flowers of May, is a month-long expression of devotion to the Virgin Mary. The Santacruzan is a religious procession held on the last day of the Flores de Mayo in honor of Queen Helena of Constantinople and Constantine the Great for finding the Holy Cross in Jerusalem.
Secillano advised the faithful to stage the Santacruzan in a simple manner.
“There are instances that they make it appear like a beauty pageant and they would involve the gays, so it loses the spirit of the celebration,” the priest said in an interview over the Church-run Radio Veritas.
“Let us maintain the sacredness and dignity during these celebrations. It is all about Mary, it’s all about how are we going to give our reverence to the Blessed Virgin Mary. That is why we should not make a mockery of this activity,” he added.
He also said that Flores de Mayo and Santacruzan should be opportunities for catechism, learning the importance of praying and nurturing devotion to Mother Mary.